An Axe to Find is a miscellaneous quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn.


After accepting the quest from Glover MalloryCrescius Caerellius can be found at either Caerellius House or Raven Rock Mine. When he is asked about Glover's Ancient Nordic Pickaxe, he can be convinced to give up the pickaxe so it can be returned. After returning to Glover Mallory, he will give the pickaxe to the Dragonborn.


An Axe to Find – DLC2RR03Intro
IDJournal Entry
  • Objective 10: Retrieve the Ancient Nordic Pickaxe
  • Objective 20: Return [sic] [Do not change this to Return the. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] Ancient Nordic Pickaxe to Glover Mallory
  • Objective 30: Tell Glover Mallory lie [sic] [Do not change this to a lie. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] about the Ancient Nordic Pickaxe
  • Quest complete


  • The Dragonborn can choose not to return the pickaxe to Glover Mallory and keep it instead. It will remain in the inventory as a quest item, making it a useful, weightless pickaxe.
  • Glover Mallory will let the Dragonborn keep the pickaxe, explaining that he only wanted to teach him that it is not right to steal. This is ironic, given his close ties with the Thieves Guild.


This section contains bugs related to An Axe to Find. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  XB1   If you start this quest with the Final Descent quest active, Crescius Caerellius will not appear in his home nor in Raven Rock Mine, making it impossible to get Glover's Ancient Nordic Pickaxe from him to complete the quest.
  •  PS3   The pickaxe will weigh 10 units, despite being a quest item.

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