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Whiterun Hold is one of the nine Holds of Skyrim. It is the largest of the nine holds.


Whiterun Hold is the central hold of Skyrim. It is named for the capital city of the hold, Whiterun. The landscape is mostly boreal plains with vast, sparse tundra and flowing rivers; however its most striking landmark is the Throat of the World, the highest peak in Tamriel. It is said among Nords that this is where mankind was first given life. High Hrothgar is an ancient monastery resting atop the mountain where the Greybeards dwell, masters of the Voice and trainers of the Dragonborn.

This hold is also known for having a large number of Giant camps. The White River divides the region. Sparse plains extend from west of the river to the township of Rorikstead near the western border, which is situated on ideal farmland. Much of the area near the southern border and east of the river is mountainous. Whiterun appears to have stable security, but some residents complain that Whiterun's security is the worst in the province, calling it shameful (perhaps referring to the lack of guards in one of the hold's villages, Riverwood, early in the game). Whiterun's insignia is a horse's head, which can be seen on the hold guards' shields and on banners inside Dragonsreach.

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Jarl Balgruuf the Greater

Balgruuf the Greater is the Jarl of Whiterun, who can be found in Dragonsreach.

The following are locations that appear in the Skyrim map in Whiterun Hold:

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Start a Discussion Discussions about Whiterun Hold

  • Hrothgar Hold?

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    • Th3Antioch wrote: In the book Pocket Guide to the Empire, Third Edition: Skyrim it mentions Whiterun Hold along with it's neighbor 'Hrothga...
    • wrote: It is refering to High Hrothgar. Hrothgar is a castle, and another word for castle is a hold. High Hrothgar is on the top...
  • Whiterun guards are attacking me!

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    • Did you possibly kill someone innocent by accident when fighting the vampires? I've done that - the blacksmith jumped in my way as I was attack...
    • Leave Whiterun for some time and return with weapons sheathed. Fast travelling to Markarth or Riften and back should be long enough. When ...

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