Skyrim:Thane of Eastmarch

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Gain the title of Thane of Eastmarch.
Quest Giver: Radiant
Location(s): Eastmarch
Prerequisite Quest: Rescue from Fort Neugrad or Battle for Windhelm
Concurrent Quest: Making Friends and Influencing People
Reward: Title of Thane, Axe of Eastmarch
Disposition: =3 (quest giver)
ID: Favor254
Become Thane of Eastmarch

Radiant OptionsEdit

This is a radiant quest which you can receive from either Brunwulf Free-Winter or Ulfric Stormcloak, whichever is the jarl of Eastmarch. The jarl lives in the Palace of the Kings in Windhelm.

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Befriend the Jarl of Eastmarch by progressing through the civil war questline.
  2. Assist five people of Eastmarch.
  3. Purchase Hjerim.
  4. Return to the jarl for your reward.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

This is an umbrella quest, involving several other quests that must be completed if you wish to become Thane of Eastmarch. You will have to capture Falkreath for the Stormcloaks (if you joined the Stormcloaks) or complete the Battle for Windhelm (if you sided with the Imperials) before this quest becomes available. Once you have completed the prerequisite, speak with the jarl again and he will ask you to assist the people of the hold. You must assist five people in the hold, usually by completing favor quests for them. Note that many of the quest givers are non-essential NPCs, so their deaths would result in a loss of potential quests to complete. If they die after you assist them, they still count towards your Thane status. Also, you can befriend merchants if you have the Investor perk by investing in their stores.

You must also purchase Hjerim, which costs 8,000 to 12,000 gold. Simply purchasing it is enough; there is no requirement to decorate, although it becomes more useful if decorated. Note that it cannot be decorated unless you have completed Blood on the Ice, and if you have not started that quest yet you should start it before entering Hjerim.

Eastmarch Favor QuestsEdit

Highlighted quests can be easily completed without any skill use. If any citizen offers multiple favour quests, only the first completed one will count towards Thaneship.

Quest Giver Giver Location Quest Objective(s)
Adonato Leotelli Windhelm, Candlehearth Hall Delivery: Deliver an item to an associate. (radiant)
  • Deliver Adonato's Book to Giraud
Angrenor Once-Honored Windhelm, Candlehearth Hall Quest all Beggars Have: Take pity on a beggar. (radiant)
Brunwulf Free-Winter Windhelm, Brunwulf Free-Winter's House Kill the Bandit Leader: Do a favor by slaying a bandit leader. (radiant)
  • Kill the leader of <Alias=Dungeon>
  • Tell Brunwulf the bandit is dead
Hillevi Cruel-Sea Windhelm, House of Clan Cruel-Sea Delivery: Deliver a bottle of Nightshade Extract to Wuunferth the Unliving.
  • Deliver the Nightshade Extact [sic] to Wuunferth the Unliving
Oengul War-Anvil Windhelm, Blacksmith Quarters Dungeon Delving: Do a favor by retrieving an item from a cave. (radiant)
  • Find Queen Freydis's Sword inside <Alias=Dungeon>
  • Return Queen Freydis's Sword to Oengul
Revyn Sadri Windhelm, Sadri's Used Wares That Was Always There: Return a ring to its rightful owner.
  • Plant Viola's Gold Ring in <Alias=TargetHouse>
  • Tell Revyn Viola's Gold Ring has been planted
Rolff Stone-Fist Windhelm, Candlehearth Hall Fight! Fight!: Prove your strength by wagering on a fist fight with another. (radiant)
Scouts-Many-Marshes Windhelm, Argonian Assemblage A Few Words with You: Do a favor by talking to someone about a problem. (radiant)
  • Talk to Torbjorn about Scouts-Many-Marshes
  • Tell Scouts-Many-Marshes that Torbjorn is taken care of
Shahvee Windhelm, Argonian Assemblage Dungeon Delving: Do a favor by retrieving an item from a bandit hideout. (radiant)
  • Find Shahvee's Amulet of Zenithar inside <Alias=Dungeon>
  • Return Shahvee's Amulet of Zenithar to Shahvee
Silda the Unseen Windhelm, Candlehearth Hall Quest all Beggars Have: Take pity on a beggar. (radiant)
Stands-In-Shallows Windhelm, Argonian Assemblage Some Light Theft: Do a favor by stealing an item. (radiant)
  • Steal the Double-Distilled Skooma for Stands-In-Shallows
  • Bring the Double-Distilled Skooma to Stands-In-Shallows
Torbjorn Shatter-Shield Windhelm, House of Clan Shatter-Shield Rare Gifts: Do a favor by finding a rare item. (radiant)
  • Bring one Amulet of Arkay to Torbjorn
Quest all Drunks Have: Make a drunk dance for joy. (radiant)
Belyn Hlaalu Windhelm, Belyn Hlaalu's House Gather Wheat: Get paid to gather crops. (radiant)
Bolfrida Brandy-Mug Brandy-Mug Farm Gather Wheat: Get paid to gather crops. (radiant)
Tulvur Hollyfrost Farm Gather Wheat: Get paid to gather crops. (radiant)
Dravynea the Stoneweaver Kynesgrove, Braidwood Inn Dravynea's Frost Salts: Find some frost salts for Dravynea the Stoneweaver.
  • Bring some Frost Salts to Dravynea
Ganna Uriel Kynesgrove, Steamscorch Mine Chop Wood: Get paid to chop firewood. (radiant)
Iddra Kynesgrove, Braidwood Inn A Few Words with You: Do a favor by talking to someone about a problem. (radiant)
  • Talk to Roggi about Iddra
  • Tell Iddra that Roggi is taken care of
Kjeld Kynesgrove, Steamscorch Mine Mine Ore: Get paid to mine ore. (radiant)
Roggi Knot-Beard Kynesgrove, Steamscorch Mine Dungeon Delving: Do a favor by retrieving an item from a cave. (radiant)
  • Find Roggi's Ancestral Shield inside <Alias=Dungeon>
  • Return Roggi's Ancestral Shield to Roggi
Gilfre Mixwater Mill, Gilfre's House Chop Wood: Get paid to chop firewood. (radiant)
Annekke Crag-Jumper Darkwater Crossing, Verner and Annekke's House Kill the Bandit Leader: Do a favor by slaying a bandit leader. (radiant)
  • Kill the leader of <Alias=Dungeon>
  • Tell Annekke the bandit is dead
Derkeethus Darkwater Crossing, Goldenrock Mine Extracting an Argonian: Rescue Derkeethus from his Falmer captors.
  • Find Derkeethus
  • Get Derkeethus out of the cave
Sondas Drenim Darkwater Crossing, Goldenrock Mine Delivery: Deliver an item to an associate. (radiant)
  • Deliver Sondas's Note to Quintus
Verner Rock-Chucker Darkwater Crossing, Goldenrock Mine Mine Ore: Get paid to mine ore. (radiant)
  • Note that completing Harsh Master does not count towards this objective, as Kjar is erroneously designated as a Winterhold citizen.

Eastmarch StoresEdit

Investing 500 gold in certain stores will count towards Thaneship if you have not befriended the store's owner by other means. If the original owner dies and you had already invested in their store, you [can / cannot [verification needed]] also befriend their replacement.

Merchant Name Store Name Store Location Merchandise
Nurelion (Quintus Navale) The White Phial Windhelm Apothecary
Oengul War-Anvil (Hermir Strong-Heart) Blacksmith Quarters Windhelm Blacksmith
Revyn Sadri Sadri's Used Wares Windhelm General
Wuunferth the Unliving Palace of the Kings Windhelm Spells

Other QuestsEdit

The following quests also increase the disposition of citizens of Eastmarch, and therefore count towards this objective:


How can I serve you, my Thane?

After helping five inhabitants and purchasing Hjerim, the journal tells you to return to the jarl. The reward, the Axe of Eastmarch, is a random, leveled, enchanted axe. There is a 50% chance that it will be a war axe (one-handed), and a 50% chance it will be a battleaxe (two-handed). You will also receive a housecarl named Calder, who will be waiting for you at Hjerim.


  • Interestingly, when naming you Thane, Ulfric and Brunwulf do not say "Wouldn't want them to think you're part of the common rabble, now." like most other Jarls do.


  • After finishing the quest "Battle for Windhelm" for the Imperials, Brunwulf Free-Winter sometimes won't appear in the Palace of the Kings. All Stormcloak-supporting jarls and their housecarls will be there sitting at a table, but without Brunwulf in the palace. Without him, you are unable to purchase Hjerim or become Thane of Eastmarch.
    • PCOne of the possible fixes: use the Unrelenting Force shout on everyone at the dinner table. This will give you a bounty in each of the holds that the jarls are from. Travel out of Windhelm and return.
    • PCUsing console command addfac 00050920 1 gives him new dialogue and outfit, but he still will not reside in the Palace of Kings. However, he should give you the Thane dialogue if you have already helped 5 citizens.
  • After finishing the quest "Blood on the Ice", Ulfric Stormcloak sometimes won't offer the thaneship. ?

Quest StagesEdit

Thane of Eastmarch (Favor254)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Purchase a house in Windhelm
Objective 15: Return to <Alias.ShortName=QuestGiver>
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 15, 25, 200.