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Windhelm is a major city in the northeast of Skyrim near the Dunmeth Pass to Morrowind, and the capital of Eastmarch. Lying near the coast at the northern tip of Eastmarch, the city is extremely cold and frequently experiences blizzards. The ruler of Windhelm is Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak, the leader of the Stormcloak Rebellion, who resides in the Palace of the Kings. The city does not comply with the Imperial ban on Talos worship and features a Temple of Talos, and anti-foreign sentiment is common among the Nord population.

The temple and inn lie along the main avenue of Windhelm, in the Stone Quarter. To the west is an open-air market, where Niranye operates a general goods stall with a nearby arcane enchanter, Aval Atheron sells fresh meats, and Hillevi Cruel-Sea sells produce. The oldest section of the city is Valunstrad, "Avenue of Valor" in the old Nord language, which contains the palace and several residential buildings. Because of its proximity to Morrowind, Windhelm also hosts a sizable population of Dark Elves who sought refuge in Skyrim after the eruption of Red Mountain. The Dark Elves are confined to a cramped slum below the rest of Windhelm called the Gray Quarter, previously known as the Snow Quarter. The Dunmer are not violently persecuted, but the local Nords are suspicious and outwardly xenophobic, while Ulfric Stormcloak turns a blind eye to their plight. Argonians also populate Windhelm, but are prohibited from entering the city itself and are forced to live and work on the docks outside the walls. Brunwulf Free-Winter, a supporter of the Argonians and Dark Elves, believes the Argonians must remain outside the city for their own safety from the prejudiced Nords who follow Ulfric's beliefs.

For more information on Windhelm, see the lore article.

Windhelm PeopleEdit

Aretino Residence
Aventus Aretino
Argonian Assemblage
Atheron Residence
Aval Atheron   [a]
Faryl Atheron
Suvaris Atheron
Belyn Hlaalu's House
Belyn Hlaalu
Blacksmith Quarters
Hermir Strong-Heart
Oengul War-Anvil  
Brandy-Mug Farm
Bolfrida Brandy-Mug
Brunwulf Free-Winter's House
Brunwulf Free-Winter
Calixto's House of Curiosities
Calixto Corrium
Candlehearth Hall
Adonato Leotelli
Captain Lonely-Gale
Elda Early-Dawn    
Rolff Stone-Fist
Susanna the Wicked
East Empire Company
Adelaisa Vendicci  [b]
Orthus Endario
Hall of the Dead
Hlaalu Farm
Hollyfrost Farm
Tiber (Dog)
Ysgramor (Dog)
House of Clan Cruel-Sea
Grimvar Cruel-Sea
Hillevi Cruel-Sea   [a]
Idesa Sadri
Torsten Cruel-Sea
House of Clan Shatter-Shield
Nilsine Shatter-Shield
Torbjorn Shatter-Shield   
Tova Shatter-Shield
New Gnisis Cornerclub
Ambarys Rendar    
Brelas [c]
Malborn [c]
Malthyr Elenil
Niranye's House
Niranye     [a]
The North Wind
Dalan Merchad
Voldsea Giryon
The Northern MaidenDB
Gjalund Salt-Sage [d]
Angrenor Once-Honored
Gort DG (Docks) [e]
J'datharr (Stables) [f]
Silda the Unseen   
Sofie HF
Palace of the Kings
Galmar Stone-Fist
Sifnar Ironkettle
Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak
Windhelm Guards
Wuunferth the Unliving     
Yrsarald Thrice-Pierced
Sadri's Used Wares
Revyn Sadri     
Temple of Talos
Viola Giordano's House
Viola Giordano
The White Phial
Quintus Navale
Windhelm Stables
^aOnly sells goods at the market.
^bOnly appears once you return from Dawnstar with information during the relevant quest for Orthus.
^cOnly present depending on choices made during the Diplomatic Immunity quest.
^dProvides initial transportation to Solstheim.
^eThis ferryman can be hired to transport you between cities via boat.

Related QuestsEdit

Quests Starting HereEdit

Dark BrotherhoodEdit


Side QuestsEdit

Miscellaneous QuestsEdit

Quest Giver Giver Location Quest Objective(s) Requirement
Adonato Leotelli Candlehearth Hall Delivery: Deliver an item to an associate. (radiant)
  • Deliver Adonato's Book to Giraud
Brunwulf Free-Winter 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
Thane of Eastmarch: Gain the title of Thane of Eastmarch. (radiant)
  • Purchase a house in Windhelm
  • Return to Brunwulf
Battle for Windhelm
Hillevi Cruel-Sea 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
Kjar Windhelm Harsh Master: Take care of a runaway crew member. (radiant)
  • Kill the leader of <Alias=BanditCamp>
  • Return to Kjar
Malborn New Gnisis Cornerclub Find the Thalmor Assassin: The Thalmor are after Malborn. Help him get to safety.
  • Find the Thalmor assassin
  • Tell Malborn the assassin is dead
Diplomatic Immunity
Oengul War-Anvil 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 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
Scouts-Many-Marshes 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 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
Stands-In-Shallows 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 House of Clan Shatter-Shield Rare Gifts: Do a favor by finding a rare item. (radiant)
  • Bring one Amulet of Arkay to Torbjorn
Ulfric Stormcloak Palace of the Kings Thane of Eastmarch: Gain the title of Thane of Eastmarch. (radiant)
  • Purchase a house in Windhelm
  • Return to Ulfric
Rescue from Fort Neugrad

Other QuestsEdit

Dark BrotherhoodEdit

Imperial LegionEdit

Creation ClubEdit


  • Hjerim is a house available for purchase after completion of certain quests related to the Civil War. It may be purchased from the steward for 8,000 to 12,000 gold.
  • Dawnguard adds a permanently disabled map marker for Windhelm Docks.
  • Windhelm also appears in Arena and ESO.


  • Some of the walls in Windhelm will spurt blood when hit with a weapon.
  • One of the walls of the exterior of Clan Shatter-Shield's house has no collision.
  • NPCs will die randomly due to glitches (not dragons, vampires, the Butcher, or any other creature or NPC - the bug is confirmed to occur after the murderer is caught in Blood on the Ice and before dragons and vampires are activated). These include Angrenor Once-Honored, Arivanya, Captain Lonely-Gale, and Nilsine Shatter-Shield. In Angrenor Once-Honored's case, he may spawn at the wrong height and fall to his death. Other NPCs such as Captain Lonely-Gale may fall to their deaths when the ground glitches underneath them.
    •   To prevent NPCs from dying, the console command setessential <BaseID of NPC> 1 may be used. However, use of this command will interfere with any quest requiring you to kill one of the NPCs. One should also probably wait until after Blood on the Ice is completed before using this console command.