Skyrim:Oengul War-Anvil

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Oengul War-Anvil
(RefID: 0001B135)
Home City Windhelm
Store Blacksmith Quarters
Race Nord Gender Male
Level 4 Class Blacksmith
RefID 0001B135 BaseID 00014142
Gold 1000 (+500 Investor; +1000 Master Trader)
Sells See Blacksmith Quarters
Buys Blacksmith (Animal Hides, Armor, Arrows, Ore/Ingots, Tools, Weapons)
Other Information
Health 77 Magicka 56
Stamina 62
Primary Skills Smithing, Speech, Two-handed
Class Details VendorBlacksmith
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Faction(s) CrimeFactionEastmarch; Favor205QuestGiverFaction; Ruling Government; Sons of Skyrim Government; TownWindhelmFaction; Windhelm Blacksmith Services; WindhelmBlacksmithFaction
Oengul War-Anvil

Oengul War-Anvil is a Nord blacksmith living in Windhelm. He can be found at the forge outside the Blacksmith Quarters, next to Windhelm's marketplace on the west side of the city. He works at the forge daily, along with his assistant Hermir Strong-Heart. Oengul works everyday tirelessly, trying to outshine Eorlund Gray-Mane from Whiterun. If anything happens to Oengul, Hermir replaces him as the town's blacksmith.

Oengul begins his day at 6am by having breakfast inside his quarters. Giving himself two hours for breakfast, he will then head outside to work at the forge for the next twelve hours. He will offer his merchant services during this period. At 8pm he will return inside for dinner, before heading to bed at 10pm. At 6am he will get out of bed, to start the new day.

Oengul wears a blacksmith's apron along with a pair of shoes. He carries his key to the Blacksmith Quarters, a belted tunic, and a selection of common loot and gold. In combat, he relies on an iron warhammer.

Related Quests[edit]


When approached he can say:

"Everyone says Eorlund Gray-Mane is the best smith in Skyrim. I plan to change a few minds about that."
"With my swords in their hands, Ulfric's men will send those legion dogs running."
"Need some metal hammered?"
"Hermir's become a decent smith. Like to think I had a hand in that."

When speaking to him directly:

Does the war mean good business for you?
"I don't see these troubles as business. This is a labor of honor. To bring Ulfric his rightful glory, I would hammer a thousand shields. Shor's bones, I might just have to!"
How's your steel?
"Every bit as sharp as what you'll find in Whiterun. I respect Eorlund, but he has the good fortune to work the Skyforge. Something about the fires... their steel just holds tighter."

When ending a conversation he can say:

"Whether it's armor you need or a new blade, come see me."
"If you meet anyone in your travels who needs good steel, send them my way."

If Windhelm falls to the Imperial Legion, Oengul will become resentful and will say when encountered:

"Can't believe Ulfric's gone. If not for Hermir, I'd have left the city by now."
Will you stay in Windhelm now that Ulfric's gone?
"I almost didn't. I wasn't sure I could stomach having some Imperial tell me how to live my life. I was ready to pack my things when Hermir came to me. She wanted to make sure I'd finish teaching her the smithing trade. That girl's determination won me over. I suppose it didn't hurt that she said she only wanted to learn from the best smith in Skyrim. I couldn't let her run off to that pretender Eorlund Gray-Mane, could I?" (He will say this regardless of whether or not Hermir is still living.)

Quest-Related Events[edit]

Dungeon Delving[edit]

He is a loyal supporter of the Stormcloaks, and Ulfric Stormcloak asked him to make a sword in an ancient style. Oengul is having a bit of trouble forging one and will ask you to find Queen Freydis's sword for him. Asking him if he is the castle's blacksmith when you have no other instance of the Dungeon Delving quest active will have him respond:

"Of course I am. What do I look like, a tavern wench? Ah, don't let my words cut you too deep. I've just been working the forge too hard. Trying to set this sword right."
Watch your words next time.
"Pfft. Ungrateful milk drinker."
What's special about this sword?
"Jarl wants it to look like an ancient blade. High Queen Freydis ruled over Windhelm in the Second Era, and her sword was legendary. Getting the real sword would be even better than making a copy, but no one wants to risk getting it from its resting place. If you find that sword, traveler, I'd be grateful."

Ending the conversation at this point will have him remind you of your unfinished task:

"Don't forget. You find Queen Freydis's Sword, I'll reward you."

After acquiring the sword for him, he will thank you by training you in Smithing:

I found Queen Freydis' sword.
"Look at that edge. Still sharp. I'll present this to the Jarl later. As for you, let me show you some smithing techniques."


Oengul and Hermir

Oengul and Hermir can often be overheard having small arguments or conversations when they are working at their forge:

Oengul: "Did you use my good hammer?"
Hermir: "No."
Oengul: "Blast, girl, I told you to leave my tools alone. You have yours and I have mine."
Hermir: "I didn't touch it!"
Oengul: "Hammers don't have legs."
Hermir: "Did you look behind the forge? I think I saw it there."
Oengul: "Oh... yes. Now that you mention it, I think... sorry about that."

Hermir: "Is Ulfric's armor done yet?"
Oengul: "No, I want to take my time with it."
Hermir: "Can I help with it? Maybe just the cuirass?"
Oengul: "This is more delicate work than you're used to."
Hermir: "I did that engraved piece just last month!"
Oengul: "This is the royal armor, lass. Maybe in a few years."

Oengul: "Have you been learning your ores?"
Hermir: "I think I've got a handle on it, but Orichalcum is confusing."
Oengul: "Don't even bother with that one. Leave it to the orcs."
Hermir: "Oh, right. That makes sense. Kind of a messy metal, anyway."
Oengul: "Exactly."


  • After returning Queen Freydis's sword to him, it will be available for you to buy.


  • Hermir will also recommend you see Oengul as a greeting: "If you've need of weapons or armor, come back and see Oengul." She will on occasion talk about her luck to be trained by such a skilled smith: "I couldn't ask for a better teacher than Oengul."
  • Oengul originally played a role in the quest Boethiah's Calling. Although unknown what his relation to the quest was exactly, he would've needed to die at some point by the player's hand.