Skyrim:Thane of Hjaalmarch

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Gain the title of Thane of Hjaalmarch.
Quest Giver: Radiant
Location(s): Hjaalmarch
Prerequisite Quest: Laid to Rest or The Battle for Fort Snowhawk or Season Unending
Concurrent Quest: Making Friends and Influencing People
Reward: Title of Thane, Blade of Hjaalmarch, Housecarl Valdimar (HF)
Disposition: =3 (quest giver)
ID: Favor255
Become the Thane of Hjaalmarch

Radiant Options[edit]

This is a radiant quest which you can receive from either Idgrod Ravencrone or Sorli the Builder, whichever is the Jarl of Hjaalmarch. The jarl lives in Highmoon Hall in Morthal.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Befriend the Jarl of Hjaalmarch.
  2. Assist three people of Hjaalmarch.
  3. Return to the jarl for your reward.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

This is an umbrella quest for several other quests that must be completed if you wish to become Thane of Hjaalmarch. In order to receive this quest you must first aid the current jarl. If the jarl is Idgrod, then you must usually complete Laid to Rest first; however, if she was ousted from Morthal during Season Unending and reinstated following The Battle for Fort Snowhawk, that is sufficient to begin this quest. If the jarl is Sorli, whether she was installed via Season Unending or The Battle for Fort Snowhawk, then the completion of that quest is sufficient to fulfill the prerequisite.

Once you have completed the prerequisite, speak with the jarl again and she will ask you to assist the people of the hold. You must assist three people in the hold, usually by completing favor quests for them. Note that many of the quest givers are non-essential NPCs, so their deaths would result in a loss of potential quests to complete. If they die after you assist them, they still count towards your Thane status. You can also befriend merchants if you have the Investor perk by investing in their stores.

Hjaalmarch Favor Quests[edit]

Highlighted quests can be easily completed without any skill use.

Quest Giver Giver Location Quest Objective(s)
Benor Morthal, Guardhouse Fight! Fight!: Prove your strength by wagering on a fist fight with another. (radiant)
Gestur Rockbreaker Stonehills, Rockwallow Mine Mine Ore: Get paid to mine ore. (radiant)
Gorm Morthal, Moorside Inn For the Good of Morthal: Deliver a letter to Captain Aldis in Solitude.
  • Deliver Gorm's letter to Captain Aldis
Hroggar Morthal, Alva's House Chop Wood: Get paid to chop firewood. (radiant)
Idgrod the Younger Morthal, Highmoon Hall Delivery: Deliver an item to an associate. (radiant)
  • Deliver Idgrod's Note to Danica
Jorgen Morthal, Jorgen and Lami's House Chop Wood: Get paid to chop firewood. (radiant)
Lami Morthal, Jorgen and Lami's House Rare Gifts: Do a favor by finding a rare item. (radiant)
  • Bring one Song of the Alchemists to Lami

Note that completing Falion's Secret does not count towards this objective, as it does not affect anyone's disposition.

Hjaalmarch Stores[edit]

Investing 500 gold in certain stores will count towards Thaneship if you have not befriended the store's owner by other means.

Merchant Name Store Name Store Location Merchandise
Lami Thaumaturgist's Hut Morthal Apothecary


After helping three inhabitants, the journal tells you to return to the jarl. Note that Idgrod in this context refers to Jarl Idgrod (The Elder), not her daughter Idgrod the Younger. The reward, the Blade of Hjaalmarch, is a random, leveled, enchanted sword. There is a 50% chance that it will be a sword (one-handed), and a 50% chance it will be a greatsword (two-handed). Due to a bug, however, maces are also occasionally awarded. You also gain the title of Thane of Hjaalmarch and, if Hearthfire is installed, a personal housecarl, Valdimar.

Quest Stages[edit]

Thane of Hjaalmarch (Favor255)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 15: Return to <Alias.ShortName=QuestGiver>
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 10, 25, 200.