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For this location in Online, see Forelhost (Online).

Forelhost is an ancient Nordic tomb in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim located southeast of Riften. It is the resting place of the Dragon Priest Rahgot.


Forelhost is directly southeast of Riften on the nearby mountain. There is a pathway on the southeast side of the mountain, just southwest of Broken Helm Hollow. East from Riften along the paved road and just across a small stone bridge is a single track that leads up to the right (south). Past a side path that leads up to Broken Helm Hollow, the path continues generally southwest, then curves to the north and eventually leads to an abandoned bandit tower. Up the tower steps and ramp, and across its bridge, a path leads to Forelhost, minus the flame traps. In the tower there is a frozen body on a bedroll near a pile of rubble with a snow covered expert-locked chest behind it.


This was the site where the Dragon Cult attempted to regroup after fleeing the aftermath of the Dragon War.

Captain Valmir, an Altmer wearing the armor of whichever Civil War faction the Dragonborn is aligned with, gives the Siege on the Dragon Cult quest at this location. Forelhost Stronghold has several Dragon Cultists both in ghost and in physical form. See the quest article for a detailed walkthrough.

Notable itemsEdit

Alchemy ingredientsEdit



  • If the Dragonborn has not yet started the Civil war questline, the armor Valmir is wearing is determined by who was followed out of Helgen - Ralof or Hadvar for Stormcloak or Imperial, respectively.
  • It is possible to reach the Word Wall without going through the dungeon by climbing up the arch and jumping onto the catwalk or ledge. The Whirlwind Sprint shout is not needed to reach the ledge.
  • If one does not join The Companions, this is one of the few places in the game to get full sets of Ancient Nord Armor.
  • Unlike most of the Nordic Tombs that contain a Dragon Priest, Forelhost respawns most of the enemies within, barring the Dragon Cultists and Rahgot, who is replaced by a generic Dragon Priest.


This section contains bugs related to Forelhost (Skyrim). 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.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Forelhost (Skyrim)

  • Forelhost

    23 messages
    • AzuraKnight wrote:Traps? Some of the traps in Forelhost will go off even with the perk to stop triggering them, the area seems like it is a ...
    • Kryv wrote: The eight named priests of Skyrim are considered to be the high ranking ones. It's unknown how the eight were ranked compared to e...
  • Forelhost door glitch.

    3 messages
    • Load a save before entering Forelhost and try again, or set the rings to the right combination then use the claw then keep turn each ring once ...
    • Thanks, i'll try those and see what happens

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