Return to Moria: How to get Durin’s Axe

Discover How to Get Durin’s Axe

Amidst the expansive and enigmatic realm of Middle-earth, the saga of Durin I, renowned as “The Deathless,” and his fabled Axe reverberates through the ages. This comprehensive guide will navigate you through the labyrinthine odyssey of attaining Durin’s Axe in LOTR: Return to Moria.

How to Get Durin's Axe

Return to Moria: The Legacy of Durin I

Durin I, also known as “The Deathless”, founded the line of Dwarves called Durin’s Folk in the kingdom of Khazad-dûm, later known as Moria. The legacy of Durin’s Helm and Durin’s Axe was shattered when the Balrog overran Khazad-dûm, breaking the Axe into five pieces scattered throughout Moria. Embark on the journey to reclaim the fragments and restore the power of Durin’s Axe.

The Legacy of Durin I

The Book of Mazarbul

The Book of Mazarbul recounts that when Balin set-out on an expedition to reestablish the Dwarves’ presence in Moria, he unearthed Durin’s Axe and Durin’s Helm and claimed them as his own. He took the title of “Lord of Moria” and ruled over the Dwarves for five years. The Axe was lost once again when the Dwarf colony was destroyed.

The Book of Mazarbul

Where and How to Start?

Your adventure begins at the First Balin Camp, where adventurers stumble upon Ori’s Chronicles. Within this priceless repository lie important details concerning the scattered fragments of Durin’s Axe, guiding you towards the quest of reconstructing this legendary implement.

Where and How to Start?

Balin’s Expeditionary Posts

Balin has dispatched a select group of Dwarves, whom he entrusts, to various corners of Moria in a quest to unearth the fragments of Durin’s Axe. In the establishment of each outpost, the Dwarves have placed their individual chests, each housing crucial clues that guide the search for the axe fragments.

Balin's Expeditionary Posts

Ori’s Akhfur Chest – Clue to the First Axe Fragment

Within Ori’s Outpost stationed in the Western Halls, Ori’s Akhfur Chest holds the key to discovering the First fragment of Durin’s Axe. Navigate through this section of Moria, (This is the first area you will encounter in the game) follow the clues provided to uncover the mystery.

Ori's Akhfur Chest - Clue to the First Axe Fragment

Loni’s Akhfur Chest – Clue to the Second Axe Fragment

Located in Loni’s Outpost within the Mines of Moria, Loni’s Akhfur Chest safeguards the clue leading to the location of the Second Durin’s Axe fragment. This area can be unlocked after forging the Steel Pickaxe to mine through to the Mines.

Loni's Akhfur Chest - Clue to the Second Axe Fragment

Oin’s Akhfur Chest – Clue to the Third Axe Fragment

The Akhfur Chest of Oin, nestled within Oin’s Outpost atop the Eastern Stairs in the Eastern Bastion, holds vital clues for discovering the Third Fragment. Restore the stairs to reach this outpost and unveil the subsequent piece of the enigma.

Oin's Akhfur Chest - Clue to the Third Axe Fragment

Balin’s Akhfur Chest – Clue to the Fourth Axe Fragment

Found in Balin’s Outpost near the Chamber of Marzabul in Dwarrowdelf, Balin’s Akhfur Chest serves as your portal to the Fourth Fragment. Thoroughly explore this area to piece together the legacy of Durin’s Axe.

Floi's Akhfur Chest - Clue to the Fourth Axe Fragment

Frar’s Akhfur Chest – Clue to the Fifth Axe Fragment

Located in Frar’s Outpost in the Desolation of Durin’s Bane in Dwarrowdelf, Frar’s Akhfur Chest bravely guards the final clue of the location of the Fifth Fragment. Traverse the desolation to gather the last piece of the legendary Durin’s Axe.

Frar's Akhfur Chest - Clue to the Fifth Axe Fragment

Durin’s Axe Fragment Locations

Moria, a vast underground kingdom riddled with intricate passageways and chambers, harbors the fragmented remnants of Durin’s Axe. Uncovering/Discovering these Fragments is hard but rewarding. Players must journey through an assortment of terrains and engage with a variety of foes.

Due to the randomized terrain, the locations of these fragments may shift, introducing an additional layer of complexity to your expedition. Even in the absence of specific quests, venture into each distinct region to uncover the solitary piece concealed within Moria’s depths. Explore these distinct regions of Moria to reclaim the Axe fragments:

  • The Western Halls
  • Orctown in Mines of Moria
  • Troll Cave in The Lower Deeps
  • Dwarrowdelf
  • The Desolation of Durin’s Bane Orctown in Dwarrowdelf

Unlocking the Chests

Learn the art of crafting keys to unlock the chests containing the axe fragments. Interact with the chest to reveal the recipe and gather the materials:

Unlocking the Chests
  • Ori’s Key: 2 Iron Ingot
  • Loni’s Key: 2 Bronze Ingot
  • Oin’s Key: 2 Shanor Ingot
  • Balin’s Key: 2 Khazad Steel Ingot
  • Frar’s Key: 2 Khazad Steel Ingot

Fragment Descriptions

The First Axe Fragment

Unearthing the Westgate fragment of Durin’s Axe unveils the ancient handle adorned with weathered runes. Though the inscriptions remain ambiguous, the aura of its potency is unmistakable. Why was it fragmented, and what significance does it hold in your expedition’s narrative?

The First Axe Fragment - The Western Halls

The Second Axe Fragment

Recovered from Orctown in the Mines of Moria after defeating Bolgakh, this handle shaft fragment bears the scars of Orcs’ attempts to claw away the Black Diamond. Balin’s Company knew of the fragments, but the purpose remains shrouded. Unravel the mystery as you reclaim this piece.

The Second Axe Fragment - Mines of Moria

The Third Axe Fragment

Found in the Troll Cave in the Lower Deeps. How many parts was the Axe broken into, and what secrets lie in the depths of Moria?

The Third Axe Fragment - The Lower Deeps

The Fourth Axe Fragment

In the Dwarrowdelf, discover a fragment shaped oddly, more like a chisel, forming the head of the Axe. Explore the importance of this distinct shape and its contribution to the reforging procedure.

The Fourth Axe Fragment - Dwarrowdelf

The Fifth Axe Fragment

Spawned in the Orc town in the Desolation of Durin’s Bane situated in Dwarrowdelf, this fragment bears ancient runes with decipherable words—Shadow and Victory. Understand the implications of these words as you gather all five fragments for the reforge.

The Fifth Axe Fragment - The Desolation

Crafting Durin’s Axe

Great Forge of Durin

Durin’s Axe is no ordinary weapon. It is a masterpiece, forged only at the Great Forge of Durin. Situated in Dwarrowdelf, the forge echoes with age-old potency, establishing itself as the sole origin for crafting this formidable axe, though, before reaching the forge, you must be well-equipped as it is guarded by the Troll King.

Great Forge of Durin

Required Materials

To forge Durin’s Axe, gather the following materials:

Required Materials

Shadow Cursed Door

Venturing through the depths of Moria, one shall stumble upon the foreboding Shadow Cursed Door. Distinguished by its eerie shade of purple, this entrance presents a daunting obstacle. Yet, fret not, as the mighty Durin’s Axe wields the potency to dispel the curse. Approach the threshold with unwavering resolve, unleash the blows of the fabled axe, and behold the gradual revelation that dissipates the curse, granting passage into Barazinbar.

Shadow Cursed Door

Barazinbar and Narag-Shazon

As the curse lifts, Barazinbar emerges as the nascent frontier, inviting those daring enough to explore its depths. Yet, vigilance is necessary as the story nears its apex. Before exiting Moria and reaching the game’s ending, adventurers must first confront Narag-Shazon, the draconic menace poised to lay waste to Moria. Only by vanquishing this formidable adversary can one safeguard the sanctity of this enchanted domain.

Baranzibar and Narag-Shazon

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Can I assemble Durin’s Axe in any order?
Yes, the fragments may be gathered in any order, affording flexibility in your exploration endeavors.

Is it possible to accomplish the mission without engaging in the supplementary tasks provided by Balin’s Expeditionary Posts.
Although the side quests provide assistance, adept players have the capability to uncover the fragments without overt instructions, introducing an additional level of difficulty.

Are there any unique challenges or enemies associated with each fragment’s location?
Venturing through each region unveils a myriad of challenges, ranging from confronting formidable adversaries like Bolgakh to overcoming various environmental hurdles. Equip yourself for an array of diverse encounters that lie ahead.

Can I track my progress in locating the fragments?
Certainly! Delve into the game’s features, and you’ll discover an intricate tracking system that meticulously monitors your journey in gathering the elusive fragments of Durin’s Axe.

Does completing the quest yield any rewards or perks?
Embarking on the journey of this quest leads to numerous rewards and advantages awaiting you at its end. Among these treasures are the means to unlock potent bonuses and enhancements, significantly enhancing your character’s abilities to unparalleled levels.

Are there additional rewards for completing the quest?
The fulfillment of the quest not only bestows Durin’s Axe upon you but also unveils the Barazinbar Location and various bonus rewards.

How many fragments does Durin’s Axe have?
Durin’s Axe has five fragments scattered throughout Moria.

Prepare yourself for a remarkably-thrilling journey as you set forth into the grand adventure of retrieving Durin’s Axe in LOTR: Return to Moria. Equipped with a meticulously designed guide and profound wisdom, embark on an exploration of diverse challenges. Dive deep into the ancient tales, and ultimately, emerge victorious in the noble mission of rejuvenating the esteemed Dwarven artifact to its original splendor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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