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Rjorn's Drum (Quest)

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Rjorn's Drum
Quest Giver Giraud Gemane
Location Halldir's Cairn
Prerequisite Tending the Flames
Reward Increase each warrior skill by one
Faction Bards College
Type Bards College quest
Quest ID BardsCollegeDrum
Rjorn's Drum is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Once the Dragonborn is a member of the Bards College, faculty members offer quests. Giraud Gemane will ask the hero to track down Rjorn's Drum, which is in Halldir's Cairn, just southwest of Falkreath. The Drum is found in a chest in the final room.


Upon entering the Cairn, a strange pillar of damaging energy will be seen with a few corpses around it. Nearby is a small pedestal with Agrius's Journal and a key to a nearby door. The journal simply tells of the fate of the three bandits.

Going through the (Adept) locked door, one enters the Cairn proper. The Cairn is pretty standard, full of sleeping Draugr and ghosts. Part way through is a Draugr sitting on a throne near a blocked door; the lever for the door is behind the throne.

This eventually leads to another burial chamber with a pillar puzzle. The proper glyphs for each pillar is on the wall facing it. After lining up the three pillars, the nearby lever will open the sealed door (as opposed to triggering an arrow trap).

Eventually, the Dragonborn will reach the final room and face Halldir himself. Halldir has the annoying habit of summoning clones of himself that must be put down. He'll stop summoning clones once he runs out of magicka. Be sure to grab his unique staff before opening the nearby chest and grabbing Rjorn's Drum along with some leveled loot.

Finally, open the trap door in the middle of the room and drop down (using the staggered wooden platforms) to reach the entry chamber to the Cairn. 

Return Rjorn's Drum to Giraud at the Bards college to receive your reward, +1 to Warrior skills, Two-Handed, One-Handed, Heavy Armor, Smithing, Archery and Block.


This section contains bugs related to Rjorn's Drum (Quest). 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  , 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   After completing the quest, the item may be stuck in the inventory.
    • Fixed with version 1.4 official patch.
    • PC Solution: remove item by using the console code player.removeitem 000DABA9 1
  •  360   PS3   The quest is impossible to complete if the drum is found before starting the quest. The reward can still be collected, but the quest will not be marked off in the journal.
    • PC Solution: Use the console command setstage bardscollegedrum 40
  •  360(Fix)   The drum can be given to Giraud Germane before accepting the quest. When discussing King Olaf's Verse with Giraud when starting "Tending The Flames" quest, the dialogue option is available. Rewards are given normally and the quest will not show up on the journal.
  •  360   PS3   Occasionally the pillars in the puzzle room will be stuck in their position and incapable of moving, despite having option to activate them. To fix this, simply reload the most recent save game and the pillars should work as normal.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Halldir's Staff can be obtained twice if Halldir's remains are looted and his staff is picked up from the ground.

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