Skyrim:Gloombound Mine

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Gloombound Mine
(view on map)
# of Zones 1
Clearable No
Respawn Time 10 days
Level Min: 8
Console Location Code(s)
Southeast of Windhelm
Within Narzulbur
Special Features
# of Smelters 1
# of Forges/Anvils 1
# of Grindstones 1
# of Workbenches 1
Ore Veins
# of Ebony 16
# of Iron 6
# of Orichalcum 1
Gloombound Mine

Gloombound Mine is a large ebony ore mine southeast of Windhelm, also containing iron ore.

Located southeast of Windhelm, the mine borders a small mountain range and a small Orc stronghold named Narzulbur. All races are able to enter the mine, even if you haven't become Orc Blood-Kin yet, but in this case they will berate you and tell you that you shouldn't be there, unless you emerge victorious in the brawl with Chief Mauhulakh before entering the mine.

The mine is the best source of ebony in Skyrim. On a single trip to the mine, it is possible to obtain 65 ore chunks, which can be smelted to 32 ingots (or 48 and 24 respectively if you are not willing to steal). Dushnamub will buy ebony ore from you.

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[edit] Walkthrough

[edit] Exterior

As you head towards the mine, you will pass over a bridge. On the far side is a cart where a bucket lies underneath, containing an owned ebony ore.

Complete blacksmith facilities (smelter, forge, grindstone, and workbench) are located outside the mine. There is an ebony ingot and an ebony ore (both owned) on the workbench. Behind the forge are two buckets, one of which contains an unowned ebony ore.

Once you proceed up the path to the top, next to the entrance is a cart containing three owned ebony ores. Past this is a shack that has a copy of the Smithing skill book Heavy Armor Forging and a bed with a chest underneath.

[edit] Zone 1: Gloombound Mine

Once you enter the mine, there is a snowberry bush on your left and a ramp leading down to a crossroads; a helmet, a woodcutter's axe, and a pickaxe can be found on a table. Turn left (north) past the table to get to two ebony ore veins—one on the right wall, and the other on the floor—and an iron ore vein also on the floor. At the end of the tunnel is another ebony ore vein.

Turning right (south) at the crossroads will land you at a dead end with an ebony ore vein. Backtrack and proceed straight (east) at the crossroads; you will find a shelf on your left with an iron helmet and a coin purse, as well as an iron ore vein on the floor in front of it. Follow the tunnel up the ramp and you will find an iron ore vein on the floor on the left. At the top of the ramp, if you turn left, you will encounter a dead end witth an ebony ore vein to the left. A second ebony ore vein is on the right hand wall of the dead end.

Turning around past the top of the ramp, an ebony ore vein is on the floor on the right. Continue straight ahead past an oil slick to reach a tunnel on your right, where there is an iron ore vein on the floor. Just after this vein, on the left is a barrel with an iron dagger and a garnet. Two ebony ore veins are at the end of the tunnel, both on the floor.

Back to the turn, now on your left (west) are two barrels, one of which has an ebony ore sample lying on top. The turn takes you through a braced section of tunnel with a dogleg. Partway through are two iron ore veins, both on your right. Further along the tunnel as it turns to the right is an ebony ore vein. Next to this vein is a cart which contains three ebony ore samples. Just past this is another vein on the right hand wall. Be careful between this ore vein and the end of the tunnel as there is a loose segment of planks in the middle of the floor, which will crumble and drop you down to the crossroads by the entrance if you step on it. Between this plank and the end of the tunnel is a bucket containing two ebony ores. At the end of the tunnel, five ebony ore veins can be found: two on the floor, and one on each of the three walls at the end of the tunnel.

[edit] Notes

  • There is an orichalcum ore vein outside of the mine. Upon exiting, turn right and follow the path until it ends at a bush. You should see the vein on your right.
  • Be careful about open flames, such as a lit torch, in some parts of the mine, as there is flammable gas present.

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