Skyrim:Thane of the Reach

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SR-qico-Miscellaneous.png Gain the title of Thane of the Reach.
Quest Giver: Radiant
Location(s): The Reach
Prerequisite Quest: Find Hrolfdir's Shield or The Battle for Fort Sungard or Season Unending
Concurrent Quest: Making Friends and Influencing People
Reward: Title of Thane, Blade of the Reach
Disposition: =3 (quest giver)
ID: Favor250
Become Thane of the Reach

Radiant Options

This is a radiant quest which you can receive from Igmund or Thongvor Silver-Blood, whichever is Jarl of the Reach. The jarl lives in Understone Keep in Markarth. The jarl can be found in multiple places - arguing with Calcelmo, roaming the halls, sleeping in his bedroom or sitting on the throne.

Quick Walkthrough

  1. Befriend the Jarl of the Reach.
  2. Assist the people of the hold 5 times.
  3. Purchase Vlindrel Hall.
  4. 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 the Reach. The jarl requires you buy the house in town as well as performing five favors for the townsfolk. Once this is achieved you can become Thane.

In order to receive this quest you must first aid the current jarl. If the jarl is Igmund, then you must complete Find Hrolfdir's Shield first. Note: in order to get Igmund to give you the Find Hrolfdir's Shield quest you must first do some mercenary quests given by both the Jarl and his steward. If the jarl is Thongvor, whether he was installed via Season Unending or The Battle for Fort Sungard then the completion of the quest that installed him is sufficient to fulfill the prerequisite. Once you have completed the prerequisite, speak with the jarl again and he will ask you to aid the people of the hold. You must assist five 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.

Note that there are several favor quests involving members of Orc strongholds in the Reach. Assisting Orcs living in strongholds does not count towards your Thane quest, but Orcs in Markarth do count.

You may also consider completing The Heart of Dibella as successfully completing it befriends all four of the priestesses of Dibella, which is almost enough to qualify for thaneship alone. It requires you to visit Karthwasten; resolving the Sanuarach mine dispute there (for either side) will be enough to complete this requirement.

You must also purchase Vlindrel Hall, which costs 8,000 gold. Simply purchasing it is enough, there is no requirement to decorate, although it becomes more useful if decorated.

The Reach Favor Quests

Highlighted quests can be easily completed without any skill use.

Quest Giver Giver Location Quest Objective(s)
Ainethach Karthwasten Hall Sanuarach Mine: End the dispute over Sanuarach Mine.
  • Convince Atar to leave Sauranach Mine
  • Tell Ainethach that Atar has been dealt with
Atar Sanuarach Mine Sanuarach Mine: End the dispute over Sanuarach Mine.
  • Convince Ainethach to sell Saunaruch Mine
  • Tell Atar that Ainethach has been dealt with
Eydis Old Hroldan Inn The Ghost of Old Hroldan: Put an ancient ghost to rest. (radiant)
  • Bring Hjalti's Sword to the Ghost of Old Hroldan.
Pavo Attius Pavo's House Kolskeggr Mine: Clear the Forsworn from Kolskeggr Mine.
  • Clear the Forsworn from Kolskeggr Mine
  • Tell Pavo that Kolskeggr Mine is cleared
Perth Soljund's Sinkhole Soljund's Sinkhole: Defeat the draugr in Soljund's Sinkhole.
  • Clear Soljund's Sinkhole of Draugr
  • Tell Perth that the Draugr are dead
Rogatus Salvius Salvius Farmhouse Rogatus's Letter: Deliver a letter to a farmer's son.
  • Deliver Rogatus's letter to Leonitus [sic]
Skaggi Scar-Face Skaggi's House Mine Ore: Get paid to mine ore. (radiant)
Vigdis Salvius Salvius Farmhouse Gather Wheat: Get paid to gather crops. (radiant)
Banning Markarth Stables Delivery: Deliver an item to an associate. (radiant)
  • Deliver Spiced Beef to Voada
Bothela The Hag's Cure Bothela's Discreet Delivery: Deliver the Stallion's Potion to Raerek or Reburrus.
  • Deliver the <Alias=Potion> to <Alias.ShortName=Steward>
Brother Verulus Hall of the Dead Investigate the Hall of the Dead: Solve a problem for the Priest of Arkay.
  • Speak to Verulus about the Hall of the Dead
  • Investigate the Hall of the Dead
  • Tell Verulus the Hall of the Dead is safe
Calcelmo Understone Keep Nimhe, the Poisoned One: Kill the giant frostbite spider blocking access to Nchuand-Zel.
  • Kill Nimhe inside Nchuand-Zel
  • Tell Calcelmo that Nimhe is dead
Cosnach The Warrens Fight! Fight!: Prove your strength by wagering on a fist fight with another. (radiant)
Quest all Drunks Have: Make a drunk dance for joy. (radiant)
Degaine The Warrens Quest all Beggars Have: Take pity on a beggar. (radiant)
Quest all Drunks Have: Make a drunk dance for joy. (radiant)
Speak to Degaine: Steal the statue in the Temple of Dibella
  • Steal the statue in the Temple of Dibella
  • Bring the statue to Degaine
Ghorza gra-Bagol Understone Keep Skilled Apprenticeship: Retrieve a skill book for Ghorza gra-Bagol.
  • Bring The Last Scabbard of Akrash to Ghorza
Kerah Endon's House Delivery to Calcelmo: Deliver a ring to Calcelmo.
Lisbet Arnleif and Sons Trading Company Lisbet's Missing Shipment: Retrieve a missing Dibella Statue for a struggling store. (radiant)
  • Retrieve Lisbet's shipment from <Alias=ForswornCamp>
  • Bring the Dibella Statue to Lisbet
Moth gro-Bagol Understone Keep Coated in Blood: Bring a Daedra heart to Moth gro-Bagol.
  • Bring a Daedra's Heart to Moth
Omluag The Warrens A Few Words with You: Do a favor by talking to someone about a problem. (radiant)
  • Talk to Mulush about Omluag
  • Tell Omluag that Mulush is taken care of
Ondolemar Understone Keep Search and Seizure: Find evidence of a Talos worshipper for the Thalmor.
  • Find evidence of Ogmund's Talos worship
  • Bring Ogmund's Amulet of Talos to Ondolemar


After helping five inhabitants, the journal tells you to return to the jarl. The reward, the Blade of the Reach, is a random, leveled, enchanted axe. There is a 50% chance that it will be a war axe (one-handed), and a 50% chance it will be a battleaxe (two-handed).


  • The misnamed Blade of the Reach is an axe (not a blade).
  • The weapon may not place properly on weapon racks or plaques. Even on racks it will place horizontally, with the blade part of the axe not showing.

Quest Stages

Thane of the Reach (Favor250)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Purchase a house in Markarth
Objective 15: Return to <Alias.ShortName=QuestGiver>
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 15, 25, 200.