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The World-Eater's Eyrie
Talk to Paarthurnax or Talk to Arngeir or Talk to Esbern
Either party will make it quite clear that the only way to follow and track down Alduin is to trap one of Alduin's dragon followers in Dragonsreach — the palace is actually built to imprison a dragon — and via interrogation find out where their master escaped to.
Talk to the Jarl of Whiterun
The Jarl Balgruuf the Greater will quickly understand the severity of the situation, but with his people at heart, he will not help the Dragonborn unless the situation concerning the Civil War is settled in some way.
Get Greybeards' help in negotiating a truce
Learn Shout to call Odahviing
Prepare trap for Odahviing
Now return to Jarl Balgruuf the Greater, and he will speed along the process of trapping the dragon. The Jarl will be up on the Dragonsreach balcony awaiting the Dragonborn.
Call Odahviing to Dragonsreach
Defeat and trap Odahviing
It is not possible to damage the dragon, and the goal is to entrap it via harness that will automatically fall from the large hall's ceiling. So get Odahviing's attention and then fall back to the main gate of the hall (do not exit the balcony area though)... the dragon should follow and be trapped.
Tip: A powerful follower may actually cause undue detraction, i.e. the dragon does not follow the Dragonborn but concentrates on the follower. So, park any follower inside of the castle before calling Odahviing.
The dragon will now be very much more sensible and accessible to discussion. This ends the quest and launches The World-Eater's Eyrie.