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Benor is a Nord who lives in Morthal. He applied for guard duty once, but for unknown reasons he has not been accepted. He now helps the guard in any way he can.


"I'm the best warrior in Morthal, and that's no boast."

He befriended housecarl Gorm at some point in the past. Both seem to dislike Jarl Idgrod Ravencrone and seem to be planning to overthrow her. He seems to dislike Hroggar, but will not be with Alva until she leaves him.


Benor can be found hanging around outside of the Guardhouse, inside its cellar, or the bridge during the day and inside the Moorside Inn at night.


Fight! Fight![]

When encountered by the Dragonborn, Benor will want to demonstrate his fighting abilities, as he claims to be the best brawler in Morthal. If he is beaten in a brawl, he will give the Dragonborn 100 Gold and become available as a free follower.

Laid to Rest[]

Benor is one of the "strong citizens" sent by the Jarl to accompany the player character to Movarth's Lair to clear it out, but will leave with the others rather than assist unless he is a follower to the Dragonborn.


Benor can be married if the Dragonborn has the Amulet of Mara. Marrying Benor gives the miscellaneous quest to Visit Your Spouse's House, for which the Dragonborn will have to break into the guardhouse, since that is where Benor sleeps. It is a novice lock, but the guards will levy a fine of 15 Gold for the break-in if the Dragonborn is detected. The lock eventually resets.

If Benor moves with the Dragonborn to a different house, he will still own a shop, and the daily share will continue to accumulate and be available for collection.


Stats at level 30
Health 388
Magicka 50
Stamina 147
Light Armor 20
Heavy Armor 79
Sneak 15
One-Handed 41
Two-Handed 88
Archery 57
Block 62
Alteration 15
Conjuration 15
Destruction 15
Restoration 15
Illusion 15
Enchanting 15
Speech 20
Lockpicking 15
Alchemy 15
Smithing 20
Pickpocket 15

As a follower, Benor works best if equipped with heavy armor and any Two-Handed weapon. He is proficient in archery too. His stamina is relatively small, so giving him a weapon with absorb stamina is ideal. Having good block skills, he can absorb great amounts of damage if equipped with decent armor, and absorb health can help him endure more damage.


Laid to Rest

Lami: "Um...this place looks dangerous."
Jorgen: "And it looks creepy, too."
Benor: "And it's full of vampires?"
Thonnir: "Cowards! We must kill the vampires! We have to make them pay!"
Lurbuk: "Of course. But why not let him/her [referencing player character] go in first?"


  • "Morthal used to be a quiet place. But then, the world used to make sense."
  • "I figure the guards could always use some help, so I keep my eyes open."
  • "Been hoping they'd make me a guard, but not yet. Still, I'll help them out if I can."
  • "The Jarl does little to protect us these days."
  • "You ask me, we'd be better off without that wizard in town."
  • "This isn't the time or place for magic, or whatever it is Falion does."
  • "You're a real fighter. I like that. You ever need my steel by your side, you just ask."


  • Benor can become a member of the Blades.
  • Winning the brawl against him will be counted as helping the people of Hjaalmarch for the Jarl, and he will consider the Dragonborn a friend.
  • Although he claims to be the "best warrior in Morthal," he clearly balks at entering Movarth's Lair when he learns that there are vampires within, showing that he is not as brave as he boasts.
  • If Gorm is killed, Benor will say, "Leave me" if spoken to.


This section contains bugs related to Benor. 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  ,  NX  , 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.
  • If the Dragonborn selects the "It's time for us to part ways" option while married to him, he may die.confirmation needed
  •  360   If he is a current follower he will not follow commands while running to Movarth's Lair during the quest Laid to Rest. Instead, he walks away with the rest of the citizens back to Morthal.
  •  PC   If one asks Benor to do something for them, when using the dialogue option I need you to do something and kills him, the part that he needs to do something might be stuck on to the next load of the game.
    •  PC (Fix)   To fix this, type into the console: Prid 0001AA65 and then MoveTo Player and then resurrect, and the bug will be fixed. 
  •  PC   During the brawl, Benor may start to retreat and cower. If you continue to attack him he will draw his weapon to defend himself, but even if he is killed no crime is noted by the guards.
  •  PC   If, after marrying Benor, you kill him, and use Dead Thrall to revive him, and then repeat, you will receive inheritance every time. If you remove his armor before killing him, he respawns it infinitely as well.
  •  PS3   The option to brawl benor may never be available.
  •  360   He might randomly fall out of the sky to his death after exiting the Thaumaturgist's Hut.
  •  XB1   PS4   After brawling him, if defeated he may stay down on the ground, though he will still speak to the Dragonborn and give the 100 gold reward for defeating him.