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Lore:Gyldenhul Barrow

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Gyldenhul Barrow
Type Ruin
Continent Tamriel
Province Morrowind
Region Solstheim
Appears in Bloodmoon, Dragonborn
Gyldenhul Barrow circa 4E 201

Gyldenhul Barrow is a Nordic ruin located on Horker Island, along Solstheim's Felsaad Coast.

Like the other barrows on the island, Gyldenhul was built by ancient Nords. Several corpses encased in Stalhrim were interred in the barrow, a practice dating back to the early First Era[1] or the late Merethic Era.[2] The famous pirate captain Haknir Death-Brand claimed the barrow as his tomb, and sealed himself inside with his treasure when he neared the end of his life. He also ordered for his armor to be scattered around Solstheim and buried, along with the key to his burial chamber.[3]

Gyldenhul was discovered in the late Third Era by a shipmaster named Thormoor Gray-Wave. He obtained a key to unseal the ruins and learned of the great treasure within. Thormoor was later cursed with eternal wakefulness by Geilir the Mumbling circa 3E 427. The Nerevarine helped lift his curse, and in return Thormoor revealed the barrow's location. The Nerevarine then looted the first chamber,[4] although the ruin's interior was hidden behind a Stalhrim case and left untouched.[5]

Despite being cleared out, the legend of Haknir's treasure persisted for centuries, and Gyldenhul came to be known as the "single richest treasure trove in all of Solstheim". In 4E 201, the reavers of the island began searching for the buried armor pieces to gain access to the barrow. An adventurer made it into the first chamber and locked the entrance behind him to escape the reavers, only to find it devoid of treasure and subsequently die within.[6] The Last Dragonborn learned of the treasure hunt and took the uncovered armor from the reavers along with a key to the barrow. After mining through the Stalhrim barrier, the Dragonborn looted the remainder of the ruin's treasure. Haknir's spirit sensed the intrusion and barred the exit, forcing the Dragonborn to enter the burial chamber and defeat the ghosts of him and his crew to escape the ruins.[5]