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

The Dragonborn can gain the title of Thane of The Reach.


  • Befriend the Jarl of The Reach.
  • Assist five citizens of The Reach.
  • purchase Vlindrel Hall
  • Return to the Jarl.


To become a Thane of The Reach, the Dragonborn needs to kill groups of Forsworn for the Jarl and his Steward. Then they must retrieve Hrolfdir's Shield (this quest is only given when at level 20 or higher). The Dragonborn must then help five citizens of Markarth and own Vlindrel Hall to become a Thane.

There are several easy ways to assist the people of The Reach:

Quest Giver Quest Location Objective
Ainethach Sanuarach Mine Karthwasten Convince Atar to leave Sauranach Mine.
Atar Sanuarach Mine Sanuarach Mine Convince Ainethach to sell Saunaruch Mine.
Banning Delivery Markarth Deliver Spiced Beef to Voada.
Brother Verulus The Taste of Death Hall of the Dead Investigate the Hall of the Dead.
Calcelmo Nimhe, the Poisoned One Understone Keep/Nchuand-Zel Excavation Site Kill Nimhe inside Nchuand-Zel.
Cosnach Fight! Fight! Markarth Beat Cosnach in a brawl.
Cosnach Quest all Drunks Have Markarth Give an alcoholic beverage to Cosnach.
Degaine Quest all Beggars Have Markarth Give a gold coin to Degaine.
Degaine Quest all Drunks Have Markarth Give an alcoholic beverage to Degaine.
Degaine The Heart of Dibella Markath Steal a Dibella Statue for Degaine.
Eydis The Ghost of Old Hroldan Old Hroldan Inn/Radiant Find Hjalti's Sword and return it to the Ghost of Old Hroldan.
Ghorza gra-Bagol Skilled Apprenticeship Markarth/Radiant Find a copy of Last Scabbard of Akrash.
Kerah Calcelmo's Ring Markarth Deliver a ring to Calcelmo.
Lisbet Dibella's Shine Markarth/Radiant Retrieve Lisbet's shipment.
Moth gro-Bagol Coated in Blood Understone Keep Bring a Daedra's Heart to Moth.
Omluag A Few Words with You Markarth Talk to Mulush about Omluag.
Ondolemar Search and Seizure Markarth Find evidence of Ogmund's Talos worship.
Pavo Attius Kolskeggr Mine Pavo's House/Kolskeggr Mine Clear the Forsworn from Kolskeggr Mine.
Perth Soljund's Sinkhole Soljund's Sinkhole Clear the draugr from Soljund's Sinkhole.
Rogatus Salvius Rogatus's Letter Salvius Farm/Old Hroldan Inn Deliver a letter to Leontius Salvius.
Skaggi Scar-Face Mine Ore Left Hand Mine Gather some iron ore for Skaggi Scar-Face.
Vigdis Salvius Gather Wheat Salvius Farm Gather crops for Vigdis Salvius.

Alternatively, the Dragonborn can side with the Stormcloaks and take The Reach by force through the Civil War quests. This will change the Jarl to Thongvor Silver-Blood and the Dragonborn will immediately be granted the permission to purchase property and become a Thane without doing anything else.

The above is also possible if the Dragonborn negotiated the exchange of Markarth during "Season Unending." The Blade of the Reach is awarded along with the title.


Thane of the Reach
Purchase a house in Markarth
Return to <Jarl>
  • Quest complete


This section contains bugs related to Thane of the Reach. 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.
  • Occasionally when first speaking to the Jarl, instead of offering quests he will immediately grant the title of Thane of the Reach, and allow the purchase of property and assign a housecarl.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If the Forsworn were aided in the quest "No One Escapes Cidhna Mine" before starting the quest chain to become a Thane, the steward may no longer offer the quests required, making that route to becoming Thane inaccessible.
    •  PC(Fix)   This can be fixed on the PC by using the console command "SetStage Favor157 10" to force start the quest to obtain the shield. Pressing M while the quest is highlighted on the log will cause the map give directions. Once given the shield, the Jarl will offer to let the Dragonborn buy a house, and the steward will have the dialogue to sell it.
  •  360   Argis the Bulwark may not be appointed as housecarl and never appear in Vlindrel Hall.
    •  360(Fix)   May be fixed by buying all the upgrades to Vlindrel hall.
  • If already a Thane before the quest "Season Unending," the citizens of The Reach may need to be helped again.

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