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Jordis the Sword-Maiden

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Jordis the Sword-Maiden is a Nord Housecarl who is appointed to the Dragonborn by Jarl Elisif the Fair of Solitude after completing five miscellaneous quests for people around Solitude, completing Jarl Elisif's personal request, and purchasing Proudspire Manor for 25,000GoldIcon.



Stats at level 50
Health 651
Magicka 50
Stamina 214
Light Armor 20
Heavy Armor 100
Sneak 15
One-Handed 100
Two-Handed 72
Archery 98
Block 100
Alteration 15
Conjuration 15
Destruction 15
Restoration 15
Illusion 15
Enchanting 15
Speech 20
Lockpicking 15
Alchemy 15
Smithing 20
Pickpocket 15

Jordis is a potential follower of the Dragonborn. Her best skills are Heavy Armor, Archery, Block and One-Handed.


If the Dragonborn wears the Amulet of Mara, Jordis will be available for marriage, like any other Housecarl appointed, and will act as shopkeeper once married.


She can also be hired as steward in The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire after building a home on a plot of purchased land. It is advised to remove any gear given to her, as once steward she will wear her default armor.


  • I am sworn to carry your burdens.” — When asked to trade items.
  • "I've got your back." — When approached or passed by.
  • I am your sword and your shield.” — When approached or passed by.
  • “Long life to you, Thane.” — When approached or passed by.
  • “Honor to you, my Thane.” — When approached or passed by.
  • “I am sworn to protect you.” — When approached or passed by.
  • "Honored to see you, my thane" — When approached or passed by.
  • "I'm right behind you." — When chat is exited.
  • “As you wish my Thane.” — When asked to do something.
  • “I don't like where this is going.” — When entering certain areas in cave or ruin.
  • “Wow! That's impressive!.” — When approaching large, and often spectacular, areas.
  • “Hey! Watch it!” — When the Dragonborn "pushes" her, urging her to move.
  • “Be careful.” — When the Dragonborn "pushes" her, urging her to move.
  • “What's the hurry?” — When the Dragonborn sprints into\past her.
  • “Hey, look, a cave. Who knows what could be down there?” — When approaching cave entrances.
  • “Look over there, that's a Dwemer ruin.” — When near a Dwemer Ruin.
  • "You won't get away from me!" — When in combat.
  • "You call yourself a Nord?"— When fighting Nordic bandits.
  • "Damn you!" — When damaged.
  • "We heading out?" — When approached while waiting.
  • "Thanks" - when using healing hands.
  • "Go back to your precious forest, elf!" - when fighting a Bosmer.
  • "Dear Gods...No!" - when damaged heavily by a trap.


  • Jordis will sometimes disappear for no apparent reason. She will be found at Proudspire, wearing her original gear. Ask her to trade equipment and all the gear she had when she left will be in her inventory. Remove one item and give it back and everything is reequipped.
  • Jordis will not use some bows, even though they may be superior to her base weapon. She seems to prefer Ancient Nord weapons. She will wield the Gauldur Blackbow, but will not use the Nightingale Bow, even though it is far superior to her default Hunting Bow.
  • When marrying her, she'll ask whether to move into your house, or her house. Either choice will be your current house.
  • Her name can be translated from the Old Norse word hjordis, meaning "sword".


This section contains bugs related to Jordis the Sword-Maiden. 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.
  • If given an Ebony Shield, Jordis might recognise it is a weapon. She sheathes it and uses it as a weapon while the actual weapon stays sheathed. The effects of this have not been tested in battle.
  • When given Necromancer's Robes to carry, they cannot be removed later. The message "You cannot remove your teammate's starting armor" appears.
  • Jordis may occasionally treat the Dragonborn as an outsider or a trespasser when they enter Proudspire Manor. This can be fixed simply by exiting and re-entering the house.
  • If the Dragonborn marries her, she may disappear during Maramal's speech. In order to fix it, the Dragonborn needs continue their travels away from Riften for a few days and return to the temple of Mara. She will be there and will speak to them about choosing a new house to live in. Sometimes she may be found on the upper wooden catwalk near the Riften main gate, accessible through the back of the row of houses.
  • If Jordis is replaced by a Companion follower for the Companion's questline, when the Dragonborn reacquires her as a follower, all her inventory will be gone.
  • If a former follower is killed by the Dragonborn accidentally or purposely, follower's body will appear if the wedding with Jordis is attended, causing the task "attend your wedding ceremony" to fail. Jordis will say things like, "Just leave," and you cannot get married. Moving the body to the basement then asking both Jordis and Maramal to have another wedding will fix it.
  • If married to the player and killed (either accidentally or purposely) then resurrected and remarried, she will say that she has decided to open shop. However, it is impossible to buy anything from her, nor to receive player's share of the earnings.
  • If given some armor, she may equip it then switch to her default on the next reload. A possible fix is to use the Perfect Touch perk to take her default armor. Tested on  360  .
  • Arrows may be shot and removed from her inventory.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Jordis the Sword-Maiden

  • Jordis the Sword Maiden

    2 messages
    • what kind of magic does she cast sometimes in battle? she turns black and also her opponent.. is that a spell? what effects does it have?
    • What armor set do you have on her? Because I do not believe that she does that on her own. The black cover can come from the Ebony Mail armor piece.
  • She dissapeared!

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    • Hearthfire changes the nav mesh for Breezehome so your crash is probably because of that and the trapdoor added by Dovahkiin Hideout (you co...
    • She got tired of you adventuring all the time, risking your life. She left you, took the kids and went to marry a wealthy buisnessman that w...

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