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Tomb  Korvanjund
TESV Korvanjund
Hold The Pale
Location Northeast of Whiterun
Type Tomb
Sublocations Korvanjund Crypt
Quests The Jagged Crown
Characters Legate Rikke or Galmar Stone-Fist
Enemies Bandits
Stormcloaks or Imperial Legion
Location ID Korvanjund01

Korvanjund is an ancient Nordic tomb in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is the final resting place of High King Borgas. Korvanjund is a ruin in the Pale, northeast of Whiterun. It is now home to draugr. There are either Imperial soldiers or Stormcloaks inside, along with draugr. A word wall for Slow Time is in the same room as the Jagged Crown, a quest item: however, most of this is blocked by a rock wall unless the quest is active.

Solving the puzzlesEdit

The clues to the first puzzle is on the Ebony Dragon Claw. Moving the rings to match the symbols and inserting the claw will open it. In the next room there is a lever which is located on the left side after crossing the bridge on the second floor.


The Jagged CrownEdit

The quest is given to the Dragonborn as their first task after joining their chosen faction. Returning to Windhelm or Solitude, the assigning officer directs them to Korvanjund to retrieve the legendary Jagged Crown.


Korvanjund TempleEdit

This is the entrance to Korvanjund proper.

Korvanjund HallsEdit

The middle section of Korvanjund.

Korvanjund CryptEdit

This is the location of Borgas, a draugr who wears the Jagged Crown.

Notable itemsEdit



  • There is an exploit that can be made once Korvanjund is entered. Once there, as an Imperial or Stormcloak, there are four soldiers that can be repeatedly killed, since they keep respawning (the commanding officer won't become hostile). This may be short lived because of the huge amount of corpses that will pile up, but depending on the Dragonborn's skill level it can give a significant level boost.
  • There is a hidden treasure chest in Korvanjund Halls (the second section). It is in the area with the lever to open a gate during the Jagged Crown quest. Upstairs is a pedestal with a dagger by the right wall. If the dagger is picked up a passage will open leading to the chest.


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

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  • Sometimes the word for Slow Time can not be learned. The animation will still occur, but the Thu'um will not show up to be unlocked.
    • This has been seen to happen after learning the other two words beforehand.
  • The rings on the puzzle door may not rotate.
    • Fixed by loading an earlier save.
  • After taking the Jagged Crown and exiting Korvanjund, the load screen may crash; leaving the Dragonborn stranded. Loading new saves in Korvanjund will not solve this bug.
  • In Korvanjund Halls, shortly after entering, there will be a path protected by swinging axes that leads to a chest. If a follower goes through with the Dragonborn while the axes are still swinging, they may phase through the wall after being hit.
  • Shortly after entering, and after clearing out the first room with either Imperials or Stormcloaks, there will be a short path on the left. The wooden door at the end is barred, but like many other such doors, the bar can be lifted from this side by scanning for a certain spot on the door. This allows skipping a large portion of the Korvanjund interior.
  • Sometimes the door to the crypt cannot be opened
    • Resolved by saving and reloading


Start a Discussion Discussions about Korvanjund

  • Korvanjund Hall of stories

    2 messages
    • I can't find the ebony claw, i read it was somewhere in the hall of stories in Korvanjund temple near 2 bodies. Can anyone tell me where the h...
    • this should be of some help, though it is from the Stormcloak perspective.
  • Barred doors

    4 messages
    • I can do it on the ps3 but why is it safer
    • Sometimes if you don't do things normally you could cause glitches 

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