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Race Nord
Gender Male
Level PCx1 (10-50)
Class Thief
Faction Thieves Guild
Rank Guild 2nd
Services Quest NPC;

Thieves Guild Member

Ref ID 00020545
Base ID 0001B07D
Not to be confused with Brynjolfr, Bjornolfr, or Bjorynolf.

"The way they walk, what they're wearing. It's a dead give-away."
Brynjolf is a Nord thief and a member of the Thieves Guild in Riften. Brynjolf is currently the second-in-command at the Thieves Guild, below only Mercer Frey, the current Guildmaster.


A Chance ArrangementEdit

Brynjolf is first encountered upon entering the Riften Marketplace for the first time. He approaches The Dragonborn and offers to let them in on a job on which he's working. If they accept, he tells them to find him in the Riften market between 8 AM and 8 PM the next day, thus starting the quest A Chance Arrangement.

The next day, Brynjolf is found manning a stall in the market. He says that he will create a diversion. While everyone is distracted, the Dragonborn must break into the stall belonging to Madesi, steal his ring, and place it into Brand-Shei's pocket without getting caught. The ring is under the stall inside a locked strongbox, not in the display case.

If the Dragonborn is successful, after Brand-Shei is arrested, Brynjolf will happily say that he found the right person for the job. He then directs the Dragonborn to The Ratway, an underground tunnel system underneath Riften, explaining that there is a tavern there called The Ragged Flagon, and if they can get to it, they can join his organization. If the Dragonborn fails to plant the ring, they will still be asked to go to the Ragged Flagon and join the Guild.

Upon reaching The Ragged Flagon, Brynjolf will be impressed. He will then introduce the Dragonborn to Mercer Frey, and induct the Dragonborn into the Thieves Guild.

Thieves Guild questlineEdit

Brynjolf helps the Dragonborn by providing information and advice for future jobs.

During the main line of quests for the Thieves Guild, Brynjolf and the Dragonborn become Nightingales like Guildmaster-turned-traitor Mercer Frey.

After the Thieves Guild main questline, Brynjolf can be found wandering around the cistern and the flagon. Due to a bug, when spoken to he will say that he has important things to do and will talk sometime later rather than speaking his scripted post-quest dialogue.

Becoming GuildmasterEdit

Brynjolf will nominate the Dragonborn to be the Guildmaster after the completion of the city influence jobs given by Delvin and Vex, and also give them the Tribute Chest Key.


  • He is voiced by Robin Atkin Downes.
  • Upon entering Riften, if the quest A Cornered Rat is active, a Khajiit assassin will follow the Dragonborn, making stealing the ring and framing Brand-Shei without anyone knowing impossible.
  • When in combat, he will say "So, it's to the pain then?" This is similar to dialogue from The Princess Bride, during the confrontation between Westley and Humperdinck.
  • Unlike the Dark Brotherhood quests, where one has a choice to join or kill Astrid, the Dragonborn is expected to become a thief and complete the Thieves Guild storyline. There is no alternative questline. Because Brynjolf is necessary for the Thieves Guild storyline, he is not only marked as essential, but he is also invulnerable to damage should he be attacked. Using the console to make him non essential does not change this. The only way to kill him is to use the console to set his essential value to 0 and then also use the console to damage him to death. This will destroy the Thieves' Guild questline, however. Brynjolf is no longer invulnerable to damage after the Under New Management quest is complete, but he is still essential.
  • To bypass the Thieves Guild questline entirely, the Dragonborn can continue the main quest line where he or she is sent to talk to Brynjolf, but without talking to him (and being required to frame an innocent man for the information needed to find Esbern). This is accomplished simply by going to the Bee and Barb and speaking to Keerava the barmaid to continue the quest A Cornered Rat.
  • Brynjolf says something different depending on how many septims the Dragonborn is holding.
    • If the Dragonborn has little money, he says, "Running a little light in the pockets, lad/lass?" Likewise, if the Dragonborn has an abundance of septims, Brynjolf says, "Never done an honest day's work in your life for all that coin you're carrying. Eh, lad/lass?"
      • He will use his "Never done an honest day's work" line and claim to be able to tell such things about people, even if the Dragonborn has done plenty of honest work.
  • When given Gallus's journal, Brynjolf is able to read the Falmer text without the accompanying translation notes from Calcelmo.
  • He can be exploited as an extra follower. When Karliah introduces the Dragonborn to Nightingale Hall, she will enter it herself. Brynjolf, however, is scripted to follow the Dragonborn into the hall. As long as the Dragonborn does not enter Nightingale Hall, Brynjolf will follow and fight, however he will not sneak and will only repeat two lines of dialogue, (with the exception of in-combat dialogue).
  • He has slightly different dialogue in a few places if the Dragonborn is the leader of the Dark Brotherhood. When asking him how to handle collecting the debts' during Taking Care of Business, he will say not to kill them mentioning that "This isn't the Dark Brotherhood, we do things differently here". Normally he would say that it's "bad for business."
  • For an unknown reason he has left his satchel in the market in Riften.
  • Unlike most Nords, who speak with a Scandinavian-sounding accent, Brynjolf speaks with more of a Scottish accent. This is most easily noticed when he addresses the Dragonborn as 'lad' or 'lass'.


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