The Ritual of Earth is one of the quests in the main questline of The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon needed to complete the quest "The Skaal Test of Loyalty."


As part of the main quest, "The Skaal Test of Loyalty," this quest requires the Nerevarine to find and activate the Earth Stone, with the help of The Story of Aevar Stone-Singer and the map.

The Story of Aevar Stone-SingerEdit

Main article: The Story of Aevar Stone-Singer

This is the extract of the book The Story of Aevar Stone-Singer that is relevant to this quest:

Aevar then traveled to the Earth Stone, and there the All-Maker spoke to him again.

"Enter the Cave of the Hidden Music, and hear the Song of the Earth."

So Aevar traveled north and east to the Cave of the Hidden Music. He found himself in a large cavern, where the rocks hung from the ceiling and grew from the ground itself. He listened there, and heard the Song of the Earth, but it was faint. Grabbing up his mace, he struck the rocks of the floor in time with the Song, and the Song grew louder, until it filled the cavern and his heart. Then he returned to the Earth Stone.

"The Gift of the Earth is with the Skaal again," said the All-Maker. "The Lands are rich again, and will bear life."


  • Activate the Earth Stone
  • Find and enter the Cave of Hidden Music
  • Activate the hollowed stalagmites in the correct order to recreate the series of tones heard
  • Repeat the process with a the second series of tones
  • Return to the Earth Stone and activate it again


TES3 Bloodmoon - Map - Locations of the Stones

The map with all the stones

The Earth StoneEdit

The Earth Stone is a dark grey and tall pillar and it can be found northwest of Raven Rock, past Bloodskal Barrow, south of the Water Stone. It is barely visible from the coast and sits on top of a small hill in the forest. Once activated, the message "Travel northeast to the Cave of the Hidden Music and learn the Song of the Earth." appears. The Nerevarine must travel northeast to the Cave of Hidden Music.

The cave of hidden musicEdit

Inside the cave, several hostile Draugrs are roaming. The Hero must reach the Chamber of Song. There are no enemies in this room, musical tones can be heard coming from three stalactites and below three inactive stalagmites can be seen.

Earthly melodiesEdit

Cave of Hidden Music Pipes

The chamber of song

The melody consists of three tones that repeat in a loop. If the three inactive stalagmites are activated, each will produce one of the tones heard. The Nerevarine must reproduce the melody created by three stalactites, by activating the three stalagmites in the correct order. The melody is produced correctly by activating them in this order: middle, right, left and right.

Then the melody's pattern changes, and the Nerevarine has to, once more, reproduce the sounds. The second melody is produced correctly by activating the stalagmites in this order: left, right, middle, left. The melody will cease, indicating the ritual was performed successfully.

Restoring the Earth StoneEdit

Now the Hero must return to the Earth Stone and activate it once again. It will then, start glowing.


The Ritual of Earth – BM_Earth
ID Journal Entry
10I approached the Earth Stone, and words magically appeared on its surface. They said: "Travel northeast to the Cave of the Hidden Music and learn the Song of the Earth." Then the words disappeared.
  • Quest accepted
20In the Cave of the Hidden Music, I have found a large structure made of stalagmites and stalactites. An odd music seems to be coming from them.
30I have found that when one of the hollowed stalagmites is struck, it produces a musical note like the ones I can hear in this cave.
40By striking the stalagmites in succession, I was able to recreate the sounds I can hear in this cave. When I did, the pattern changed.
50After repeating the new pattern, the sounds swelled, and then grew silent. I should return to the Earth Stone.
100When I returned to the Earth Stone, it began to glow with a mystical light.
  • Quest complete

Bloodmoon Main Quest
Main Quest An Island to the NorthRebellion at FrostmothFrostmoth SmugglersThe Disappearance of Captain CariusThe Skaal Test of LoyaltyThe Skaal Test of WisdomThe Skaal Test of StrengthSiege of the Skaal Village
Ritual Quests The Ritual of WaterThe Ritual of EarthThe Ritual of BeastsThe Ritual of TreesThe Ritual of the SunThe Ritual of the Winds
Skaal Quests The Totem of Claw and FangThe RistaagThe Castle Karstaag
Werewolf Quests Dream of HircineDisrupt the Skaal HuntSiege of Castle Karstaag
Final Quest Hircine's Hunt
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