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Recover Hrolfdir's Shield

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Recover Hrolfdir's Shield is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Jarl Igmund gives the Dragonborn a miscellaneous quest to recover Hrolfdir's Shield, the shield belonging to his father. The quest is labeled "Find Hrolfdir's Shield for Igmund."

The quest cannot be completed if Thongvor Silver-Blood becomes Jarl of Markarth during Season Unending, because Igmund will no longer offer the quest due to his residence at the Blue Palace in Solitude.

Due to the Radiant Story mechanics, the shield can be found in a variety of different locations, depending on the Dragonborn's level. Possible locations include:

This quest is a prerequisite for purchasing a house in Markarth, which in turn is required before becoming Thane.


This section contains bugs related to Recover Hrolfdir's Shield. 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.
  • Sometimes, when speaking to Jarl Igmund, the dialogue option to start this quest does not show up, and thus the quest cannot be started.
    • Fix: The Shrine of Talos in Markarth can be visited. Upon returning to Igmund, the dialogue option will appear.
  •  360   PS3   Sometimes in the cleared out the Hag/Forsworn building nothing can be found in the marked chest, where the shield should be located. In some cases the chest itself is not even present. The quest is then not able to be completed and as a result it is impossible to become Thane of the Reach and the house cannot be purchased.

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