Elgrim finds the dampness of Riften's canals crucial for preserving his ingredients, much to his wife's dismay. He occasionally helps run the counter, but seems to sleep long after most NPCs have awoken.
Ingun Black-Briar is his apprentice and can often be found in his alchemy shop. If the Dragonborn completes her ingredient gathering quest, he will also be able to take potions from her alchemy chest, located in Eglrim's bedroom. Elgrim seems to be very disoriented much of the time, due either to his advancing age or simply being a scatterbrain. His wife typically has more gold for trading, and will also offer a quest which requires that an ore sample should be retrieved and brought back to Elgrim for appraisal.
- Do you work alone? "Hardly! In fact, I don't know how I get anything done with all of the distractions I have to put up with. My wife Hafjorg, well, she's a necessary evil I suppose. Not a lick of talent when it comes to alchemy, but she keeps me fed. Then there's Ingun Black-Briar. Bright young thing and a worthy apprentice, when she isn't wasting my rare ingredients."
- Why is your shop down here in the canal? "The moisture in the air is better for the ingredients. It isn't every day that you get your hands on fresh nirnroot or painted troll fat. It also makes it easier to gather water when the canal is right out the front door. Besides, I also prefer the quiet. I didn't open this business for browsing. Come in, buy what you need and get out."
- "Do you have any idea how busy I am? My mixture could be burning as we speak!"
- "Take a look at my supplies if you must, but do hurry... I'm not getting any younger you know!"
- "Yes, yes... goodbye."
- Despite making reference to training others in alchemy, he does not offer that service to the Dragonborn.
- He makes direct references to Painted Troll Fat, an ingredient found during a quest in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion though he does not have any in stock despite his statements implying otherwise.