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Gerdur is a Nord lumberjack who resides in Riverwood. She and her husband, Hod, own and operate the Riverwood's lumber mill. She is in charge of the village.


Before the StormEdit

If her brother, Ralof (a Stormcloak), is followed while escaping Helgen, she will help the Dragonborn by giving them a key to her house and offering them supplies. Also, if she dies, the Dragonborn will receive a Letter of Inheritance.

Available giftsEdit


Gerdur will buy firewood from the Dragonborn.

She can also sell logs to the Dragonborn to build houses with the installation of Hearthfire.


  • If Hadvar is followed in the quest "Unbound" and thus accept help from Alvor, Riverwood's blacksmith, she may send hired thugs after the Dragonborn.
  • If Hod dies, Gerdur will express disgust at the idea that militarism is the only way her lumber business prospers anymore.
  • Gerdur's name is possibly a play on "girder," which is a metal beam used in construction, similar to how she runs a lumber mill.


This section contains bugs related to Gerdur. 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  , 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  Along with Delphine, Alvor, Sigrid and Faendal, Gerdur can attack the Dragonborn for no apparent reason. Yielding to a guard or fast traveling to a different hold can generally fix this.
  •  PC   360   PS3  A rare bug can occur with Gerdur. She can be cast into Frenzy, randomly letting her kill her husband and try to kill her son. This happens even if the Dragonborn does not have Frenzy.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Killing Gerdur does not make Ralof hostile, but he may ask, "What do you want, milk-drinker?"
  •  PC   360   Fast traveling to Riverwood can rarely make her hostile towards you.
  •  360   She may send hired thugs to attack the Dragonborn even when Ralof is followed.


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