Skyrim: Bloody Nose

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Defeat Hofgrir Horse-Crusher in a brawl.
Quest Giver: Hofgrir Horse-Crusher
Location(s): Riften Stables
Reward: 100 gold
Disposition: =1 (Hofgrir Horse-Crusher)
ID: FreeformRiften19
Required Items: 100 gold
Suggested Items: Gloves of the Pugilist or Heavy Gauntlets if you have the Fists of Steel perk
Hofgrir defeated in an unarmed brawl

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Defeat Hofgrir Horse-Crusher in an unarmed brawl.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Meeting Hofgrir[edit]

Meet Holfgrir Horse-Crusher at the Riften Stables, just to the north of Riften. Talk to him about the dangers of living outside the walls, which will lead to him boasting about being the strongest brawler in Skyrim. Make a 100 gold bet with him that you can beat him. This brawl is like any other, and the usual rules apply: no weapons, and no offensive magic. Beware, as he is much tougher than most other brawlers.

Claiming your reward[edit]

After winning the brawl, talk to Holfgrir and he will give you your 100 gold back, as well as another 100 gold for winning the bet.


  • Successfully completing this quest results in being able to ride his horses for free.


  • If you don't have 200 gold when you attempt the brawl the quest may be uncompletable.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 2.0.7 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
    • PC This can be fixed using setstage FreeformRiften19 200 followed by resetquest FreeformRiften19.

Quest Stages[edit]

Bloody Nose (FreeformRiften19)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Defeat Hofgrir in an unarmed brawl
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 10, 30, 40, 200, 250.