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The Skyforge is an ancient forge capable of forging unique weapons and armor. It is currently run by the greatest blacksmith in Skyrim: Eorlund Gray-Mane. Its heat is used to forge powerful weapons and light the funeral pyres of fallen Companions. The Skyforge is often linked to the sun, and the secret Underforge beneath is the metaphorical moon, due to its association with werewolves.

The Skyforge at night


Legend tells that the Skyforge has existed since before the area was inhabited. According to the Songs of the Return, the local elves believed it to be a relic of the gods, and consequently gave the area a wide berth. Ysgramor and his Companions, however, were quick to claim the Skyforge as their own once they discovered it, and they built their headquarters, Jorrvaskr, here. After this, others started settling, eventually forming what is now the city of Whiterun.


Working at the Skyforge is like working at any other forge. All items that can be crafted at normal forges can also be crafted at the skyforge, subject to the same Smithing perk restrictions.

However, additional crafting options are added to the Skyforge after completing the quest Glory of the Dead at the end of the Companions questline and talking with Eorlund. "Nord Hero" weapons show up in a new subsection called "Draugr" and "Ancient Nord" armor shows up in the "Daedric" subsection. These items can only be crafted at the Skyforge, but do not require that any Smithing perks be unlocked.

  • Pc22.png Version 1.2.7 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch moves the Ancient Nord armor under the "Steel" category, and makes both weapons and armor require the "Steel Smithing" perk to forge.

Although you cannot craft them, Skyforge Steel weapons are available from Eorlund after joining the Companions in Proving Honor. Eorlund gives you one free weapon, but others can be purchased from Eorlund (along with wolf armor). They are elven-tier in damage, but steel-tier in weight and smithing.

Ancient Nord Armor

Ancient Nord armor is low-quality heavy armor, providing the same amount of protection as iron armor with slightly less weight. All items can be tempered using 1 iron ingot, and having the Daedric Smithing perk doubles the quality improvement. It can also be found in some Nordic ruins; in particular, it's commonly available in Forelhost. There is no Ancient Nord Shield.

A male Nord wearing ancient Nord armor
A female Imperial wearing ancient Nord armor
Name ID Weight Value Rating Raw Materials Delta Ratio
SR-icon-ingot-Steel Ingot.png Steel SR-icon-ingot-Iron Ingot.png Iron SR-icon-misc-Leather.png Leather SR-icon-misc-LeatherStrips.png Strips Weight Value Weight Value
SR-icon-armor-AncientNordArmor.png Ancient Nord Armor 00018388 28 125 25 5 2 2 4 16.6 -21 2.46 0.86
SR-icon-armor-AncientNordBoots.png Ancient Nord Boots 00056a9d 5 25 10 4 2 2 3 -5.3 -98 0.49 0.20
SR-icon-armor-AncientNordGauntlets.png Ancient Nord Gauntlets 00056b17 4 25 10 3 2 2 3 -5.3 -78 0.43 0.24
SR-icon-armor-AncientNordHelmet(m).pngSR-icon-armor-AncientNordHelmet(f).png Ancient Nord Helmet 00056a9e 4 60 15 3 2 2 3 -5.3 -43 0.43 0.58
Totals: 41 235 60 15 8 8 13

Draugr Weapons

The Skyforge allows you to convert standard draugr weapons ("Ancient Nord" weapons) into improved "Nord Hero" weapons after completing the full Companions questline. This can only be done using standard ancient Nord weapons, not the improved honed ancient Nord weapons that appear at higher levels. Daggers, maces, and warhammers are not available. The source weapons can generally be obtained in large quantities in any Nordic ruin or other Draugr Crypt.

The resulting weapons are all medium-quality weapons, with damage identical to elven, Nordic, or Skyforge steel weapons. However, they are also the lightest available weapons (tied with iron), making them the best option of the four due to lower stamina costs for melee weapons and faster draw time with the bow. All of the weapons can be tempered using 1 steel ingot (see bug). Having the Steel Smithing perk doubles the quality improvement. While these weapons can only be made at the Skyforge, they can be improved with any grindstone.

If you've completed the Companions questline and still can't forge Nord Hero weapons, talk to Eorlund. He should mention how "the Skyforge feels more... awake."

Name ID Weight Value Damage Crit.
Critical Damage
Speed Reach Raw Materials Delta Ratio
Draugr Weapon SR-icon-ingot-Steel Ingot.png Steel SR-icon-misc-LeatherStrips.png Strips Weight Value Weight Value
SR-icon-weapon-NordHeroSword.png Nord Hero Sword 00068c7b 9 135 11 4 1 1 Ancient Nord Sword 2 2 -5.2 76 0.63 2.29
SR-icon-weapon-NordHeroWarAxe.png Nord Hero War Axe 00068c63 11 165 12 6 0.9 1 Ancient Nord War Axe 2 2 -5.2 104 0.68 2.70
SR-icon-weapon-NordHeroBow.png Nord Hero Bow 00068c57 7 200 11 4 0.88 1 Ancient Nord Bow 3 0 -8 95 0.47 1.90
SR-icon-weapon-NordHeroGreatsword.png Nord Hero Greatsword 000a3115 16 250 20 8 0.75 1.3 Ancient Nord Greatsword 3 3 -5.3 146 0.75 2.40
SR-icon-weapon-NordHeroBattleAxe.png Nord Hero Battle Axe 00068c79 20 300 21 8 0.7 1.3 Ancient Nord Battle Axe 3 3 -5.3 203 0.79 3.09
SR-icon-weapon-NordHeroArrows.png Nord Hero Arrow 000eafdf 0 5 24 N/A N/A N/A

Related Quests


  • The Nord Hero bow cannot be tempered.
  • Even with the Dawnguard add-on installed, it is still not possible to craft Nord Hero arrows.
  • When playing a female character, the Ancient Nord Helmet has the female appearance outside the inventory. Since the vanilla mannequins are male, the helmet cannot be seen, when put on a mannequin. ?