ESO Morrowind Ancestral Tombs Locations – Where to find rubbings

Ancestral Tombs are sacred burial grounds in ESO Morrowind. The “Ancestral Tombs Hunter” general achievement worth 50 points is given to those that collect them all, and hand the quest back to Librarian Bradyn. There is even a quest that starts to introduce you to this subject, but the objective only marks one of the tomb locations. Other than the achievement points, you’ll gain additional experience points for the two quests, as well as some juicy prizes. Our ESO Morrowind Ancestral Tomb locations guide will help you find all 30, so you can get the rubbings and find the Lost Library.

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Librarian Bradyn Location

Librarian Bradyn is found in the Library of Vivec. This library is located in the southern part of Vivec City, just north from the Shrine and its Wayshrine. Go through the doors at the ground floor and talk with Librarian Bradyn. He will give you the quest: “The Ancestral Tombs”.

This quest will lead you to the Othrelas Ancestral Tomb Plaque, number 13 on the list. Once you take the rubbing from the Plaque, and return it to Librarian Bradyn, he will inform you about the existence of 29 more tombs.

All 30 Ancestral Tombs Map Locations

All thirty Tombs have unique names that represent a part of Vvardenfell. You can either collect them all in one go, or pick up the ones you’ve missed later on. Before you head to the hunt, keep in mind that you need free inventory slots for each tomb, as you take rubbing off of them. You don’t need to speak with Librarian Bradyn 30 times though, once will be enough if you have them all.

Ancestral Tombs Locations ESO Morrowind Vvardenfell Map
All 30 Ancestral Tombs Map Locations
No.Ancestral Tomb NameLocation Short Description
1SeranNorthwest from Urshilaku Camp Wayshrine, at the bottom of a rocky hill.
2GinithOn the lower level, looking toward the nearby Dwemer bridge, just south from the nearby skyshard.
3RethandusOn a hill, next to a tall mushroom, hidden by the rocks.
4SalothranNorth from nearby West Gash Wayshrine.
5TelvaynIn the field, next to a small white mushroom and a tree.
6UveranIn the area of the group boss, the entrance is from the northeastern side.
7NorvaynAlongside the muddy road, next to a red plant.
8TharysAcross from Balmora stable, several steps away from the southeastern entrance.
9HeranWhere the river meets the sea, next to a tall tree.
10LleranClose to the road, next to a large tree and the candles.
11ThelasBetween two large trees, hidden from the nearby sea by a large rock.
12SaranoClose to the road, down the slope, next to the bonfire.
13OthrelasNext to the shore, close to the bridge.
14AranAlongside the road, at the bottom of a large rock formation.
15VelasAt the bottom of some black boulders, its entrance is covered with three small mushrooms.
16RelethIn the southern part of a small island, close to the water and a tall, large mushroom.
17RaviroClose to the main road that takes you to Molag Mar towards the east.
18RedasIn the eastern part of a small forest plateau.
19AranoSouth from Tel Branora Wayshrine, close to the sea.
20HlervuOn top of a hill, hidden from the sea by the rocks.
21MarenWest from the path lamp post, at the bottom of a tall hill.
22ArenimFacing towards the water, close to the several tall mushrooms.
23SeranoOn a tall hill, hidden away by the many large boulders.
24AndasA small path from the shore leads to it.
25VerelnimFacing the sea, at the bottom of a tall boulder.
26IenethHidden from a nearby road by the large rock formation.
27SadryonNorth from Sadrith Mora settlement and its Wayshrine, close to some tall, weird-looking fungi.
28VenimOn a tiny hill, inside a small forest.
29NeranoOn a small hill, close to a rather large but short mushroom.
30FavelEast from Valley of the Wind Wayshrine, facing towards the nearby settlement.

Once you collect them all, speak with Librarian Bradyn and give them all in. He will give you the next quest called “Lost Library“. This quest takes you on an interesting journey that the 30 plaque rubbings from the tombs started. The additional prize comes in the furnishing Vvardenfell scale model.

33 thoughts on “ESO Morrowind Ancestral Tombs Locations – Where to find rubbings

    1. Lokesh Post author

      Next to the road there is a lamp post, and a metal fence. Jump over it and go right, up the hill.

  1. redshirt49

    If you’re reading this and you accidentaly destroyed some rubbings, fear not, as long as you have one to turn in, the ones you have destroyed will be turned in as well.

  2. Gabriel Martinez

    So I thought I grabbed all of the rubbings but apparently I didn’t and I don’t feel like going to every single location again. How do I figure out which 2 I need still?

    1. Lokesh Post author

      There is a giant 3D map of Vvardenfell close to Librarian Bradyn. Once you give Librarian the rubbings, the map fills up. Just look at the area you are missing, and its location on the map above 😀

      1. Britney Arbogast

        I still have 2 spots on the map missing but I’ve went to every shrine 3 times EACH and I still can’t get the past two spots filled. There are 30 shrines if I’m not mistaken..?


    Thank you so much for this information! I sort of randomly started collecting these rubbings without knowing what to do with them. I don’t remember talking to the librarian, but I talk to everyone, lol, so maybe I did and just didn’t take the quest. Anyway, thanks!

  4. HelpMeImBleeding

    #22 seems inactive, Doesn’t identify as a tomb at all. Tomb is there but no label. Right spot, right description, but no dice for me or partner, Tried logging out and back in. Anyone have similar issue or know what we are doing wrong?

    1. HelpMeImBleeding

      Odd… We both had it checked in our acheivements but neither of us had been to this part of Vvardenfell before…

  5. HelpMeImBleeding

    Update… The Arenim tomb was checked when it shouldn’t have been, but the Hlervu tomb (#20) did NOT get checked even though we went back to double check. We also did not get credit for tomb #14 (Aran)…. Haven’t done any of the tomb farther north yet. anyone else find any bugs in the sequence? Thanks!

    Btw, nice site… Good to have a spot for us noobs to ask questions like this! My wife opened a customer service ticket so we shall see…

  6. Percevelle

    Number #12, 15 and 24 didn’t check for me when I handed them in. Put in a ticket so will see what happens

  7. Patti

    You are a star thank you so much for this, I was about to quit the game altogether as I was getting so bored and frustrated attempting to do this, Bradyn said to keep checking list but didn’t get one anyway you help on this is really appreciated, I thank you so very much. have a great life.

  8. wolfstar

    Nerano (#29) doesn’t register as a tomb for me. The stele for the rubbing is missing. Guess a ticket is in order.


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