|Jarl||Elisif the Fair|
Solitude, capital city of both Haafingar and Skyrim, is the jewel of Imperial Skyrim. Ruled by Jarl Elisif the Fair, widow of the late High King Torygg, it is home to the headquarters of both the Legion and the Thalmor.
Part of the reason for this is the eminently defensible nature of Solitude itself. Set upon a great stone arch that towers above the mouth of the Karth River, and surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Haafingar Mountains, Solitude is both a reinforced and breathtaking stronghold.
Solitude is located on the eastern coast of the peninsula in Haafingar, in the far north-west of Skyrim. The city is built on a cape on the mouth of the Karth River and has a port on the river itself. Given the city’s name, it may be ironic that over 80 percent of the Hold’s population lives within Solitude’s walls, but this is testament to the city’s political importance, formidable defenses, and diverse population. It is also the northernmost city on Tamriel.
Home of the famous Bards College and one of Skyrim's chief ports. Watercrafts from up and down the coast can be found at her crowded quays, loading timber and salted cod for the markets of Wayrest, Anvil, and Senchal. Founded during Skyrim's long Alessian flirtation, the Bards College continues to flaunt a heretical streak, and its students are famous carousers, fittingly enough given their chosen trade. Students yearly invade the marketplace for a week of revelry, the climax of which is the famous burning of "King Olaf" in effigy, possibly a now-forgotten contender in the War of Succession. Graduates have no trouble finding employment in noble households across Tamriel, including the restored Imperial Court in Cyrodiil, but many still choose to follow in the wandering footsteps of illustrious alumni such as Callisos and Morachellis.
Points of interest
- Addvar's House
- Bryling's House
- Erikur's House
- Evette San's House
- Jala's House
- Proudspire Manor (For Sale)
- Vittoria Vici's House
- Bards College
- Castle Dour
- East Empire Company Warehouse
- Katla's Farm
- Solitude Sawmill
- Solitude Stables
- Temple of the Divines
- Thalmor Headquarters
The house in Solitude (Proudspire Manor) costs 25,000 Septims and the player can buy it from Falk Firebeard, after completing The Man Who Cried Wolf for Falk Firebeard and Elisif's Tribute for Jarl Elisif. When the player has bought Proudspire Manor, Jordis the Sword-Maiden, the player's housecarl, stays here.
|Elisif the Fair|
|Jordis the Sword-Maiden|
|Legate Adventus Caesennius|
|Inge Six Fingers|
- Battle for Solitude: The final quest in the Liberation of Skyrim quest line.
- Lights Out!: Extinguish the light in the Solitude Lighthouse for Jaree-Ra.
- The Jagged Crown: Locate the Jagged Crown for the Empire.
- The Man Who Cried Wolf: Check Wolfskull Cave for Falk Firebeard.
- The Mind Of Madness: Enter the Pelagius Wing of the Blue Palace for Dervenin. This quest does not count toward the miscellaneous quest Assist the People of Haafingar (#/5).
- The Wolf Queen Awakened: kill Potema Septim. Given by Falk Firebeard via Courier message.
- Fit for a Jarl: Model some clothes for the Jarl. Given by Taarie by speaking to her.
- Ask Aldis for information about Angeline's daughter. Given by Angeline Morrard in Angeline's Aromatics.
- Deliver the Stros M'Kai Rum to Falk Firebeard: deliver rum to Falk Firebeard from Sorex Vinius, who can either be found in The Winking Skeever or walking around town.
- Find Noster's Helmet inside Steepfall Barrow (or another radiant location)(other locations include - Shodowgreen Carvern): given by Noster Eagle-Eye, who can be found outside Radiant Raiment. This quest counts towards becoming Thane of Solitude
- Kill the leader of Broken Oar Grotto: given by Ahtar, who can be found in Jala's house at night. This quest does not count toward the miscellaneous quest Assist the People of Haafingar (#/5).
- Kill the leader of Pinemoon Cave: given by Sybille Stentor in the Blue Palace.
- Take Torygg's War Horn to the Shrine of Talos: given by Jarl Elisif the Fair.
- Solitude Prison (Castle Dour) is the easiest way to gain the achievement "Wanted" on 360 and PS3 as the wall at the back of the cell is crumbling. Also there is another hole in the wall slightly further along with access to the prisoners belongings chest.
- Talk to the innkeeper about letting Belrand off his debts.
| Hero of Skyrim|
Capture Solitude or Windhelm
- It is possible for a dragon to attack inside of Solitude, even during the Battle for Solitude.
- When entering Solitude, if one were to go up the ramp to where the guards are shooting arrows, and continue through to the beginning of the long road to the Blue Palace, the rocks to the left of the archway can spawn a random healing potion.
- Solitude was originally designed as the seat of the Imperials in the province of Skyrim. As a result, the architecture was created to reflect the Imperial style from past Elder Scrolls games. The idea of building it on a land bridge came in early on production and remained one of the most unique features of the city.
- Solitude has been home to many notorious and widely viewed as "mad" leaders, including The Wolf Queen and Pelagius the Mad.
- According to "The Wolf Queen, Book VIII" in 3E 127 there was a Mages Guild in Solitude.
- According to "The Wolf Queen, Book IV" in 3E 110 there was a tavern by the name of "Moon and Nausea" in Solitude.
- Guards can go into the sewers through the man holes.
- You can take an unlimited number of steel arrows from the soldiers training by the Temple of the Divines (they will shoot the targets repeatedly). Alternatively, you can pickpocket the guards when they are sleeping and take their steel arrows and replace them with any kind of arrow that you would like to collect though it is suggested to do this at the thieves guild, because thieves shoot arrows at a faster rate.
- There are killable hawks circling the sky above Solitude, although they are relatively pointless and very hard to kill with arrows or magic, the corpse may have either a hawk feather or a hawk beak, both of which are alchemical ingredients that can be used to craft potions.
- After the Battle for Solitude, the well opposite the general goods store will sustain severe damage having it's roof knocked over and fallen to the ground.
- With the Dawnguard DLC is installed an NPC named Jolf will appear at the end of the solitude docks and will take you to castle Volkihar, Windhelm or Dawnstar via boat
- The flag of Solitude bears a striking resemblance to the flag of Denmark. The flags are almost identical, except for the wolf head used on the Solitude flag.
- Like Whiterun, Solitude bears a resemblance to a city in The Lord Of The Rings, in this case being Minas Tirith.
This section contains bugs related to Solitude (Skyrim). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
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|Cities||Dawnstar • Falkreath • Markarth • Morthal • Riften • Solitude • Whiterun • Windhelm • Winterhold|
|Holds||Eastmarch • Falkreath Hold • Haafingar • Hjaalmarch • The Pale |
The Reach • The Rift • Winterhold Hold • Whiterun Hold