The Mythril Mine is a location in Final Fantasy VII. Located on the eastern continent of the planet in the mountain range, it was mined by the townsfolk of Kalm before monsters put the miners out of business. The marsh around the entrance to the mine became home to Midgar Zolom, a powerful beast that few can defeat.
History[edit | edit source]
Mythril Mine was mined by many residents of Kalm, until they were put out of business by the appearance of monsters, many miners turning to drinking at Kalm's bar. Nonetheless, the town still sold mythril weapons.
During "Going After Sephiroth", Cloud and his party traveled through the mines during their world-wide hunt for Sephiroth. After trying to cross the marsh that was infested by Midgar Zolom, they found one impaled on a tree, speculating that the feat was accomplished by Sephiroth who left its corpse there as a warning.
Inside the mines, the party encountered the Turks: Rude, Tseng, and the rookie Elena. The Turks did not attack them, only warning that Reno would be back with a new weapon to fight them soon. Elena slipped that Sephiroth has been sighted heading towards Junon, and both parties part ways. Tseng also asked after Aerith, inquiring about her wellbeing.
Geography[edit | edit source]
The Mythril Mine is located to the south on Gaia's eastern continent. Its mines penetrate the mountain range in the eastern continent, connecting the Chocobo Farm in the north to Fort Condor and Junon in the south.
The mines themselves are dark and comprised almost entirely of rock, with a few tree roots running through them and some light that is let in.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
The Mythril Mine is visited during "Going After Sephiroth" by the party. It is a short dungeon with only a few screens and minor enemies, with no boss battle. The Long Range Materia is acquired here, though the rest of the items are not notable.
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
The background music for the Mythril Mine is "In Search of the Man in Black".
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
While attempting to get to Midgar, Zack Fair fights his way through a contingent of Shinra troops in the mine's abandoned facility/town. Eventually acquiring a motorcycle from one of the troops, he rides the bike into the mine tunnels, making it to the other end before the bike's fuel runs out.
Other media[edit | edit source]
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Despite being called "Mythril" Mines, the mines are referred to as "coal mines" by a miner in the Kalm bar in the original PlayStation translation of Final Fantasy VII, contrary to the original Japanese release that never stated this. In the PC version and subsequent releases, the word "coal" was removed.
It is possible to see unique dialogue if the player travels to the Mythril Mine before Kalm. A bug in Aerith's dialogue means that if she is in the party as the second member, she will use Tifa's dialogue; the line she is meant to say can never be seen in a normal play-through. If the player crossed the marshes on a Chocobo, Cloud asks his steed to wait for him outside, which normally cannot be done.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
mithril" is a metal found in many fantasy worlds. It was originally introduced by the fantasy writings of J. R. R. Tolkien, being present in his Middle-earth. It resembles silver but is stronger than steel, and much lighter in weight than either. The author first wrote of it in The Lord of the Rings, and it is retrospectively mentioned in the third, revised edition of The Hobbit in 1966. In the first 1937 edition, the mail shirt given to Bilbo is described as being made of "silvered steel". The name mithril comes from two words in Sindarin—mith, meaning "grey" or "mist", and ril meaning "glitter".The word "mythril" or "