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Skyrim:Fort Fellhammer

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Military Fort:
Fort Fellhammer
(view on map)
# of Zones 2
Clearable Yes
Dungeon Yes
Respawn Time 10 days or 30 days
Level Min: 6
Important Treasure
Orsinium and the Orcs
Console Location Code(s)
FortFellhammerExterior, FortFellhammer01, FortFellhammer02
South of Dawnstar
West of Snowpoint Beacon
Special Features
# of Smelters 1
Ore Veins
# of Iron 10
Fort Fellhammer

Fort Fellhammer is a medium-sized fort and iron mine south of Dawnstar containing bandits. It contains two zones: Fort Fellhammer Garrison and Fort Fellhammer Mines.

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The fort is south of Dawnstar, off the paved road which leads to Fort Dunstad to the southwest. After the road passes Red Road Pass, it turns east. At the point where it begins to turn westwards, a dirt path leads farther east to the fort. Five snowberry plants and one blue mountain flower grow around the junction of the dirt path and the main road. A further five snowberry plants and one more blue mountain flower are found along the dirt path.

The fort is guarded by three bandits, who patrol the outer walls. The walls form a circular path from the left of the entrance all the way to the top of the garrison, though there is nothing up there. Part of the right-hand wall has collapsed, allowing for entry that way. There is a smelter beside the stairs to the left of the entrance. The expert-locked door to the mines (unlocked by the key held by the bandit boss in the garrison) is on the ground level, and the door to the garrison is on the first level.

Fort Fellhammer GarrisonEdit

Bandit boss

The garrison is a small area split into two rooms: the main garrison bedroom, and a smaller storage or dining room. There is only one enemy here, though it is the boss of the dungeon. They spend all their time sitting in the chair in the smaller of the two rooms.

There are three beds in the main room, and a table, chair, and chest in the smaller room. To the right of the entrance, a Namira's rot is growing through the stones, and a leather strip, a salt pile, two potions of minor healing, and some books are on a ledge on the wall to the far left of the entrance. On the table in the small room is a random dagger, some food, and several bottles of ale, and behind the door is a basket with two samples of wheat and a bottle of wine. There are two plaques in the garrison: one weapon plaque opposite the entrance with an iron mace, and one shield plaque in the small room with two crossed iron greatswords and a banded iron shield.

Fort Fellhammer MinesEdit

Dropping in on a bandit

The mines contain a large number of iron ore veins, ten in total. Just before the tunnel turns downwards, there is a rabbit on a wooden block and a cart to the left with four pieces of iron ore. At the bottom of the slope is a hole with some rotten planks over it. Through the hole a bandit can be seen mining a vein. If you fall through the hole, you will need to traverse the mine backwards, though that would decrease the time to exit the mine. Past the hole, the path turns right and heads deeper into the ground. A bandit patrols along here. Just to the right before the corner is a bleeding crown fungus, with another behind the barrel to the left, and a third to the left after the tunnel has turned. There are two ore veins here, one to the left, and one straight ahead down a ramp.

There is an ore vein to the right just before the slope downwards, and a cart at the bottom with three pieces of iron ore. At the next corner there are two veins to the left, and one straight ahead. The tunnel turns to the right, and on a table there is a copy of the Heavy Armor skill book Orsinium and the Orcs, a leather helmet, a pickaxe, and a chicken's egg.

To the left along the path after the table is another bleeding crown, and a tripwire that makes some boulders fall from the ceiling ahead. Not too far after that is the bandit observable from the hole above, with another bandit farther along. There is one vein with the first bandit, and three more by the last bandit, two on the left and another on the right. There is a barrel between the two left-hand veins that holds a garnet and an iron dagger.


  • Killing the bandit boss clears the fort, but you may wish to avoid this, as it will force a 30-day waiting period for the ore veins to respawn. If you leave the boss alive, you can visit the mines every ten days for more iron ore, making the fort a prolific source of iron ore. Some quests that send you here only require an item to be retrieved, which can still be done without killing the boss, though the target chest is beside the boss.