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(RefID: 00019DFB)
Home City Riften
Store Elgrim's Elixirs
Race Elder Gender Male
Level 10 Class Apothecary
RefID 00019DFB BaseID 00013357
Gold 500 (+500 Investor; +1000 Master Trader)
Sells See Elgrim's Elixirs
Buys Apothecary (Animal Parts, Food, Ingredients, Poisons, Potions, Raw Food, Recipes)
Other Information
Health 125 Magicka 80
Stamina 80
Primary Skills Alchemy, Speech, Pickpocket, Sneak
Class Details VendorApothecary
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Voice Type MaleOldGrumpy
Faction(s) CrimeFactionRift; JobApothecaryFaction; JobMerchantFaction; Riften Elgrim's Elixirs Faction; ServicesRiftenElgrimsElixirs; TownRiftenFaction

Elgrim, an elderly apothecary, is the proprietor of his namesake store Elgrim's Elixirs. He looks after both his wife Hafjorg and his promising apprentice Ingun Black-Briar. Should anything happen to Elgrim, his wife will take over the shop.

Elgrim's daily routine is heavily bugged so he will act unlike any other merchant. His shop is open 24 hours a day, regardless of what he's doing, so you will always be able to barter with him. However, Elgrim will sleep between 11am and 6pm and will then eat a one-hour dinner. He will then wander around the shop, at times eating, sleeping, or using the alchemy lab. At 2am he takes his lunch, then returns to wandering before it is time for breakfast at 9am. He finishes his routine with an hour of wandering before his bedtime at 11am.

He wears typical merchant clothes with boots and a hat. He wields a leveled dagger (up to elven quality at level 20) and carries the shop key, a spare belted tunic, and a selection of middle-class items and gold. Additionally, there is a 75% chance he may carry a random potion, another 75% chance he will carry a random, rare ingredient and, lastly, a 50% chance he will carry either a paralysis poison recipe or an invisibility potion recipe. He also knows a few spells, specifically Flames, Firebolt, Lesser Ward, and Oakflesh.

Related QuestsEdit


When you enter his shop, he lets you know that he's available to serve you:

"I'm kind of busy, but if you need any potions or ingredients, let me know."
"I'll be over here if you need any potions or ingredients."

His greetings:

"You here for lessons like Ingun? Or did you wish to buy something?"
"Do you have any idea how busy I am? My mixture could be burning as we speak!"
"Take a look at my supplies if you must, but do hurry... I'm not getting any younger you know!"

Speaking to him:

Do you work alone?
"Hardly! In fact, I don't know how I get anything done with all of the distractions I have to put up with. My wife Hafjorg, well, she's a necessary evil I suppose. Not a lick of talent when it comes to alchemy, but she keeps me fed. Then there's Ingun Black-Briar. Bright young thing and a worthy apprentice, when she isn't wasting my rare ingredients."
Why is your shop down here in the canal?
"The moisture in the air is better for the ingredients. It isn't every day that you get your hands on fresh nirnroot or painted troll fat. It also makes it easier to gather water when the canal is right out the front door. Besides, I also prefer the quiet. I didn't open this business for browsing. Come in, buy what you need and get out."

When you exit a conversation with him:

"Yes, yes... goodbye."

Quest-Related DialogueEdit

Spread the LoveEdit

During Spread the Love, you can try to give him a pamphlet, which he will reject.

Here, brother. Blessings of Mara upon you.
"I have no time for Marla or Mara or whatever her name is... there's work to be done!"


"Ingun, you clumsy fool!"

At random times, the impatient and grumpy Elgrim will have small clashes with both his apprentice and his wife. Occasionally, Ingun will destroy Elgrim's stock of rare ingredients.

Elgrim: "Ingun, you clumsy fool! You've tainted our entire supply of Painted Troll Fat. You have no idea how hard that was to get."
Ingun: "I'm sure my mother can compensate you for it."
Elgrim: "I'll draft a letter to Rythe. If you could have it sent to Cheydinhal for me, that would make up for your blunder."
Ingun: "I'll make sure it's sent right away."

Sometimes you'll walk in on Ingun asking Elgrim about the contents of her lessons.

Ingun: "I don't understand, Elgrim. The formulas you're giving me are for novices but I've advanced well passed [sic] that point."
Elgrim: "Until you can do those formulas with your eyes shut, you'll never be ready to master the more difficult ones."
Ingun: "This is an utter waste of time."
Elgrim: "Ingun! If you want to remain in my shop as an apprentice I expect you to act like one. No exceptions!"
Ingun: "Very well, I'll keep practicing them."

Hafjorg expresses her concerns over Ingun's practices.

Hafjorg: "Elgrim, honey. I'm concerned about your new pupil. She seems very... odd."
Elgrim: "Ingun? She's brilliant; a natural!"
Hafjorg: "Oh dear, I didn't mean to say she isn't bright. It's the things she makes here, the things she says and all those poor little animals she tests them on. It's just not right."
Elgrim: "Damn it, woman! Ingun is the most promising alchemist I've ever seen and I won't have you scaring her off!"

Elgrim might irritably accost his wife over a missing ingredient, which he assumes she moved.

Elgrim: "Hafjorg! Where did you put it woman?!"
Hafjorg: "Sigh. What is it now, dear?"
Elgrim: "Don't you "dear" me! I had a bowl of Vampire Dust on my worktable not an hour ago and after you swept in there it's gone!"
Hafjorg: "Oh my. Elgrim, it's on the shelf to the right of the table, as always."
Elgrim: "Ah, I see. Well, just be careful around my things!"


  • In a scene with Ingun, Elgrim makes a direct reference to the rarity of painted troll fat. Painted troll fat appeared in Oblivion as a very rare alchemy ingredient, limited to a mere six samples in the entire game.
    • He also mentions that he gets this ingredient from "Rythe" in Cheydinhal. Rythe Lythandas also appeared in Oblivion and was related to the quest in which you could get the troll fat. Elgrim's dialogue implies that Rythe is still alive and living in the same city over 200 years later.


  • Elgrim was clearly meant to go to bed at 11pm, but his bedtime was set to 11am, making him sleep during most of the shop's intended opening hours. Additionally, his lunch package was set to 2am instead of 2pm.