Drowned Sorrows is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Dagur at The Frozen Hearth in Winterhold asks for help in finding out what happened to Isabelle Rolaine, the disappeared lover of Ranmir. He dislikes the condition in which Ranmir has caused himself to be in. Asking the people at the inn leads to Vex, a thief in Riften, who knows more about her disappearance.

Talking to Vex reveals that Isabelle wanted to earn money through thievery. She was not very skilled at it, but she insisted. As a result, Vex sent her to Hob's Fall Cave for an unrevealed reason. Upon arrival at the cave, the Dragonborn will find Isabelle's body and her letter written to Ranmir, explaining her intentions. Giving the letter to Ranmir offers him closure.

There is no reward for giving Isabelle's Letter to Ranmir other than extra dialogue.


  • If Ranmir dies during the quest "Containment" or a dragon attack, this quest will be unable to be completed. PC users can use console command setstage freeformwinterholdc 40 to complete the quest and then get rid of the letter.
  • Talking to Vex is not required to find Isabelle's corpse, or the letter; however, receiving the side quest from Dagur is required to find the letter on her corpse inside the cave.
  • The dialog option to start this quest does not appear until after the Dragonborn has spoken to Haran and convinced Ranmir to pay his tab.


This section contains bugs related to Drowned Sorrows. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   360   PS3   This quest may not show up in the quest log.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Drowned Sorrows

  • appear in remastered?

    2 messages
    • cant find the quest on Xbone, im assuming they took it out cuz it was broken...
    • They did not remove any content. It should be available.
  • Quest or No?

    8 messages
    • Winterhold's one of the easiest. Get the Helm of Winterhold, give Ranmir a drink and steal Nelacar's staff for Malur. Aside from ...
    • My son and I joke that we (splitting one character) are the Forrest Gump of Skyrim. We somehow not only managed to become Thane of Winterhold ...