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Fingers of the Mountain is a book you find as part of the Chorrol Mage's Guild quest. It cannot be read, and is simply a quest item.

Storyline-wise, the book contains research done on Ayleid ruins at Cloud Top involving weather magic. Apparently the Ayleids possessed a magical method of absorbing lightning bolts and converting them into magical energy. This naturally required a magical device (the pillar) placed at a high point to absorb as many as possible. "Fingers of the Mountain" is thus a poetic way of describing the natural lightning that would repeatedly strike such high locations. It should be noted that gaining the spell is likely a side effect of the original intent of the Ayleids as the pillar is broken and can not serve its intended purpose of drawing energy from lightning as a power source for other magics.

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