durin axe fragment in return to moria

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Part of the puzzle.

In Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria, you’ll embark on a quest to retrieve the legendary Durin’s Axe, a weapon said to contain great power. This formidable weapon, however, is broken into five pieces, scattered throughout the perilous mines of Khazad-dûm. If you’re keen to recover this ancient artifact and unlock its potential, here’s a guide on where to find the first fragment of Durin’s Axe.

Where to Find Durin’s Axe Fragment in Return to Moria

Your journey to acquiring the fragments of Durin’s Axe commences when you reach Ori’s camp, and you stumble upon a journal containing information about the lost axe pieces. It reveals that a group of intrepid Dwarves, led by Bolin, ventured into the Black Pit, hoping to recover all five fragments to aid in reclaiming Moria.

The journal indicates that the first fragment is located in the beginning section of The Western Halls, along Durin’s Highway. With this clue in hand, you’re well-prepared to embark on this quest to find the first piece.

As you explore the mines and delve deeper into the story, you’ll eventually make your way to The Western Halls, and the quest for Durin’s Axe fragment awaits. The location of the first fragment isn’t far from your path, making it relatively easy to access. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you pinpoint its exact location:

  1. While navigating The Western Halls, keep an eye out for an icon on your map, which depicts a diamond with an axe symbol in the center. This icon marks the main search area where you should focus your efforts.
  2. The specific area where you’ll discover the first fragment is known as Westgate. It features numerous ruined buildings and a prominent destroyed statue, setting the scene for your adventure.
  3. As you explore Westgate, you’ll come across a building with two open entrances, each leading to staircases within. Your destination is this particular building.
  4. Ascend either of the staircases to reach the second floor of the building. It is on this upper level that you’ll find the first fragment of Durin’s Axe.
  5. The fragment itself takes the form of a long, red handle, standing out distinctly against the other objects in the room.
  6. Once you obtain the first fragment, you will achieve your quest’s objective and unlock additional journal entries that delve into the lore and history of Durin’s Axe.

You’re now equipped to nail the quest to reclaim Durin’s Axe. The first fragment is just the beginning of your adventure in Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria. For more on the game, check out our Moria resources guide, as well as our beginner tips and tricks.