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Whiterun, one of nine holds to become Thane of
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"Then by my right as Jarl, I name you Thane of Hold. Congratulations. I grant you this weapon from the armory to serve as your Badge of Office. I'll also notify the Guards of your new title, wouldn't want them to think you're part of the common rabble now."
―Jarl Balgruuf The Greater[src]

The title of Thane is an honor gifted by a city's Jarl to the Dragonborn. It is only granted if the Dragonborn completes tasks for people of the hold, and personally assists the Jarl in official or unofficial business, depending on the city. Rarely, if the Dragonborn has enough Septims, the title of Thane may be given. The Thane is someone recognized by a Jarl, his guards, and the people, as a person of great importance in a particular city, often a hero.

Benefits and requisitesEdit

The guards of the Hold excuse the Dragonborn from crimes if they mention they are the Thane in a dialogue option when confronted, but this only works once. After being proclaimed Thane in a city, the Dragonborn can purchase houses from the Jarls' stewards. In a few rare cases, purchasing a home within a Hold is a prerequisite for becoming a Thane of said Hold, such as the Rift. Newly titled Thanes receive housecarls, who protect the Thane, their spouses, and their property.

Other ThanesEdit

Real-world meaningEdit

The Thanes (Thegns) were the minor nobility of Anglo-Saxon England and Viking Scandinavia -- the word literally means a retainer to a king or high-ranking official. This, however, has been observed to have been an honorary task and title in many early medieval Scandinavian cultures.

Many runestones in Sweden and Denmark honor dead men as good thanes.

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  • Thane times 2 in same hold.

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    • Frozenhero1 wrote:Legate Alexandros wrote:Well, you don't ask, you just start gathering crops. Harvest their cabages and stuff and then talk...
    • You know you can get a hard worker achivement if you choped wood, mined ore, harvested crops and I believed cooked something? I maybe be confus...
  • Thane Status

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    • If you are a thane you can check if you can buy a house or not. Only works with Haafingar, Whietrun, Eastmarch, the Reach and the Rift.
    • For once, if you have a house, you are more then likely a thane there. In Whiterun, you are allowed to purchase the house before you get the ti...

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