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"No mother should have to bury her daughter."
―Tova Shatter-Shield[src]

Tova Shatter-Shield is a Nord and the matron to Clan Shatter-Shield in Windhelm. Her husband is Torbjorn Shatter-Shield. Tova had two twin daughters, Nilsine Shatter-Shield and the deceased Friga Shatter-Shield.

She can usually be found at the market in the southwest Stone Quarter, Candlehearth Hall, or walking nearby. At night, she heads to the House of Clan Shatter-Shield, where she can also be found during the day.


Muiri, an early contract-holder in the Dark Brotherhood questline, knew Tova and the other members of clan Shatter-Shields well. After Friga's death, Muiri visited the family to share in their grieving. During the visit, Muiri met Alain Dufont, a bandit, who exploited Muiri's affections to get closer to the Shatter-Shields and their wealth. Succeeding in robbing them, Alain fled, pushing the blame on Muiri and destroying her relationship with the Shatter-Shields.


Blood on the IceEdit

During the quest, "Blood on the Ice," Tova provides the Dragonborn with the key to Hjerim, the home of her late daughter, when he or she says they will catch her daughter's killer, The Butcher.

Mourning Never ComesEdit

If the Dragonborn assassinates Nilsine for Muiri, in "Mourning Never Comes," Tova commits suicide. She and her suicide note can be found on the floor upstairs in the House of Clan Shatter-Shield. Her body can be looted for the key to Hjerim.


Friga's possessionsEdit

Tova: "I understand you purchase used goods, as well as sell them?"
Aval: "Yes, that's right. Whether or not I'm interested depends on what you've got, of course."
Tova: "I have some things that belonged to my daughter, Friga. She... she won't be needing them any more."
Aval: "Oh, I see. Yes, yes of course I'll take a look. Just bring them by whenever it's convenient for you."


  • "I've been a bit out of sorts since... since our daughter was taken from us."
  • "No mother should have to bury her daughter."
  • "Not really sure what to do with myself anymore. I just miss her so much."
  • "I try not to think of her, but sometimes the simplest thing will remind me."


  • If Nilsine is killed outside of the Dark Brotherhood quest, Tova doesn't commit suicide, neither does she offer any special dialog. Even if the quest is completed later, she remains alive.


This section contains bugs related to Tova Shatter-Shield. 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If Tova committed suicide, looting the key to Hjerim from her body may not activate the quest chain Blood on the Ice.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Tova's body (after suicide) may disappear.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Tova Shatter-Shield

  • Tova shattershield has a key to Hjerim....

    3 messages
    • It's not random at all Tova is the mother of the former owner of Hjerim, Friga. Friga is the victim you find in the cemetary when you start Bl...
    • Oh ok, I assumed it was always the murderers house, what with the secret door and all. I accept your explanation. Thanks! BTW its susanna ...
  • What did you feel?

    85 messages
    • Well, my character actually killed Nilsine, Tova and what's-his-face, all in the same Windhelm visit. It's more for RP, since my character, Lil...
    • wrote:i did it felt no remorse only glee ,joy, laughter i enjoyed it i only joined the db to kill for fun it's like watching a mo...

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