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Thane of Hjaalmarch is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The Dragonborn can gain the title of Thane of Hjaalmarch.


  • Befriend the Jarl of Hjaalmarch.
  • Assist three citizens of Hjaalmarch.
  • Return to the Jarl.


Becoming Thane of Hjaalmarch is fairly straightforward. Investigating the house that burned down, then completing the subsequent quests, will cause the grateful Jarl to say that she'd be happy to make the Dragonborn a Thane once "known through her Hold." This translates into taking miscellaneous quests to help three different people, most of whom can be found in Morthal. Note that completing the quest "Laid to Rest" may count as one of these assistance quests.

There are several easy ways to assist the people of Hjaalmarch:

Quest Giver Quest Location Objective
Benor Fight! Fight! Morthal Beat Benor in a brawl.
Gestur Rockbreaker Mine Ore Stonehills Gather some iron ore for Gestur Rockbreaker.
Gorm For the Good of Morthal Morthal / Solitude Deliver a message from Gorm to Captain Aldis in Solitude.
Hroggar Chop Wood Morthal Gather wood for Hroggar.
Idgrod the Younger Delivery Morthal / Whiterun Deliver a letter to Danica Pure-Spring at the Temple of Kynareth in Whiterun.
Jorgen Chop Wood Morthal Gather wood for Jorgen.
Lami Rare Gifts Morthal / Radiant Find a copy of Song of the Alchemists for Lami.

The title also includes being awarded the Blade of Hjaalmarch.

Similar to Falkreath, if this is attempted late in the game, it may be difficult to find three citizens alive to help, especially if the The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard add-on is installed.


Thane of Hjaalmarch
Return to <Jarl>
  • Quest complete


  • If the only reason for becoming Thane is to purchase the land, it is not necessary to actually finish helping with the three tasks before being allowed to purchase the land. Upon finding and speaking to Aslfur, he may have a dialogue option for buying a house, at which point he will say that while there are no houses available, he can sell some land.HF


This section contains bugs related to Thane of Hjaalmarch. 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.
  •  PS3   Sometimes after speaking to Jorgen to complete the "Mehrunes' Razor" quest he disappears for good.
  •  360   Neither investing in Lami's shop nor bringing her a copy of Song of the Alchemists will count towards "Assist the people of Hjaalmarch."

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