It is the farthest settlement from Whiterun along the western border near The Reach. The settlement consists of two cottages, an inn, and a manor.
Rorikstead also has two farms. Cowflop Farm is run by Ennis, who tends to the farm with the help of Reldith. The other farm is run by Lemkil, who tends to the farm alone. Lemkil's two young daughters, Sissel and Britte, do not help with the farm, much to his irritation.
After getting the Dragonstone for Farengar Secret-Fire, a conversation between Farengar and Delphine reveals that the book Holdings of Jarl Gjalund (laying on the table) may predate the First Era. In this book Rorikstead is mentioned as one of the assets of Jarl Gjalund, under the name Rorik's Steading. This either means that the book is not as old as they think, or that the town is much older than is to be said by the locals in town and that Rorik simply took the name of the town and pretends to have founded it. This could also be a mistake by Bethesda.
The Dragonborn is asked to convince Mralki, the keeper of the Frostfruit Inn, to allow Erik, his son, to become an adventurer. After Mralki is convinced, he and Erik will make a trip to Whiterun to buy armor for Erik. After this, he is retitled "Erik the Slayer," and is subsequently available for hire as a mercenary by the Dragonborn.
After the Dragonborn has an unremembered night of debauchery with the mysterious Sam Guevenne, they retrace their steps. They are directed to Rorikstead from the Temple of Dibella in Markarth, by the priestess Senna. Once they arrive at Rorikstead, they are confronted by Ennis, who accuses them of stealing Gleda the Goat, his most prized livestock, and requests that the Dragonborn retrieve the goat from a giant named Grok, who they apparently sold Gleda to after stealing her.
Grok is typically found wandering off of the road northwest of Rorikstead, where he will be wandering with Gleda. Once the Dragonborn kills Grok and brings Gleda back to Ennis, he will tell them that they mentioned Ysolda in Whiterun, but that he knows nothing more than that.
- Jouane Manette
- Erik the Slayer
- Lokir (deceased)
- Whiterun Guards
- Serpent's Bluff Redoubt: It is located up the hill to the southwest of the village, it is a Forsworn encampment.
- Talking Stone Camp: It is located northeast of the village, it is home to giants.
- Orotheim: It is just north of Talking Stone Camp.
- The Rorikstead Dragon Burial Mound is also nearby.
- Lund's hut is nearby.
- Up on the hill just north of the city a shrine of Akatosh can be found, along with a Dragon Scale and a copy of the book Kolb and the Dragon.
- There are soul gems in every house, and several also have books about Daedra and Daedric worship. Sissel can also be heard asking Jouane to teach her more magic, which prompts him to tell her to keep her voice down lest anyone "know our secret."
- Lokir, the horse-thief seen during the prologue, is from Rorikstead. However, none of the townspeople mention him and he has no known residence in the town.
- The settlement is mentioned in the song Ragnar the Red.
- Alduin may be seen trying to raise a dragon near Rorikstead after Dragon Rising has been completed.
- Upon fast traveling here a Forsworn can be found attacking the guards even though Forsworn are usually found in the Reach, while Rorikstead is located in Whiterun Hold. This is due to the fact that Rorikstead's location is very close to the Reach.
- Whiterun guards will often mention Rorikstead by saying, "Rorikstead is a nice enough little hamlet, but a boring posting for a guard." This could be hinting at the nearby dragon burial site and eventual dragon attack.
- Rorikstead is a reference to Rorik of Dorestad, a Danish Viking.
- In the dragon tongue, Rorik's Steading was known as (RORIK-HOFKAH: Rorik Steading).