Skyrim:Thane of Hjaalmarch

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SR-qico-Miscellaneous.png Gain the title of Thane of Hjaalmarch.
Quest Giver: Radiant
Location(s): Hjaalmarch
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

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

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

Detailed Walkthrough

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 complete Laid to Rest first. If the jarl is Sorli, whether she was installed via Season Unending or The Battle for Fort Snowhawk then the completion of the quest that installed her is sufficient to fulfill the prerequisite. Once you have completed the prerequisite, speak with the jarl again and she will ask you to aid 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.

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.

Hjaalmarch Favor Quests

All of the quest givers for the quests in the table are in Morthal, except for Gestur who is in Stonehills. Highlighted quests can be easily completed without any skill use.

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


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

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.