Not to be confused with Brina Merilis.
"I'll sell just about anything, if it's worth my time. Keep that in mind, will you?"


Birna is a Nord pawnbroker living in Winterhold.


She owns the shop Birna's Oddments. Her brother is Ranmir, whom she is constantly fighting with. The Dragonborn can purchase the Coral Dragon Claw from her shop; after doing so, she tells them to take the claw to Yngol Barrow.


"I'll sell just about anything, if it's worth my time. Keep that in mind, will you?"

Why set up shop here? "Wasn't by choice, I can tell you that. Options were in short supply. Ranmir and I grew up here, and nearly any money I make, he drinks away. Without the coin to pack up and leave, I decided to take to trading."
Do you get much business way up here? "Very funny. I'm sure you have noticed that the town isn't exactly overflowing with people. So I'll sell whatever I can. If it's worth puting a price on, you can bet I'll do it. I've made a few bad deals. Been burned a few times. But mostly, I come out on top."
You said something about a bad deal? "Yeah, it was stupid of me. I shouldn't have believed the story and just refused the trade. But I didn't, and now I'm stuck with this worthless junk."
What was the story? "Some line about this claw thing and Yngol Barrow. He said it was worth more than its weight in gold if I took it back there. Something about placing it back in Yngol's chamber, I don't know. What was I thinking? Even if it were true, I'm not setting foot in some ancient tomb, filled with who knows what."
I could look into it for you. "I don't even care any more. You want to check it out? Fine. I'll sell you the thing for fifty gold, and then it's your problem."
I'll take that claw for 50 gold. "Fine, here you go. You get killed on account of this thing, it's not my fault. Got it? But, I suppose, if it does actually turn out to be worth something, let me know, will you?"


Birna "We need coin, Ranmir, and you're not bringing home any."
Ranmir "And you would have me do what, join the College and prance around casting spells all day?"
Birna "Don't just walk away from me! Where do you think you're going?"
Ranmir "To the Inn for a drink, of course! Where else could I even go in this gods forsaken town?"
Birna "And what, you think that'll solve all your problems?"
Ranmir "Probably not, but it's worth a try!"

Birna "Please, come home. Just...come home."
Ranmir "Can't. Got at least two rounds to go. Why don't you go...sell something?"
Birna "Why? Because I'd rather be here trying to keep my only brother from drinking himself to death."
Ranmir "Ha! Drink ain't gonna kill me. Not today, anyway."

Ranmir "Well, isn't this a surprise!"
Birna "How much of our money have you spent today, Ranmir? Anything left, or is it all gone?"
Ranmir "If I wanted to get yelled at, I'd be home. Can't you leave me be?"
Birna "Oh, I'm sorry. Am I bothering you? Am I making your life more difficult?"



  • "I do what's necessary so we can get by. Have to, since I can't count on my brother for anything."
  • "You looking for Ranmir? He's either passed out in bed, or working on winding up that way."
  • "Ranmir's a good for nothing drunk. We'd've lost the house by now if it were up to him."


  • Birna has the smallest average shop inventory of any general goods merchant, usually having about 15–20 items in stock.
  • After purchasing the coral dragon claw from her, she asks you to let her know how your trip to Yngol Barrow turns out. However, even after clearing the barrow, there will not be any dialogue available with her regarding this.
  • Birna, as well as Ranmir, holds a key to Ranmir's house with EditorID WinterholdRanmirsHouseKey. It unlocks Birna's Oddments shop, since the EditorID for the place is WinterholdRanmirshouse.


This section contains bugs related to Birna. 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.
  •  PC   360   Sometimes, Birna may not offer the dialogue option to buy or sell. The coral dragon claw can still be bought, however. Exiting and reentering dialogue can fix this.
  •  PC   PS3   Birna may stand in front of her shop facing her brother. She may not give any dialogue options about the coral dragon claw, and will remain unresponsive.
    •  PC(fix)   Use the console command stopquest 000B2174. She will return to her daily routine.
  • Sometimes, Birna may provide all of the dialogue options, including the buy/sell option, but not for the coral dragon claw. The alternative is to get the claw in Yngol Barrow. However, intermittently, it may not appear within the Barrow.
  • For an unknown reason, even if the Dragonborn has never entered Brina's store, they may be attacked by hired thugs sent by her.
  • The game may fail to load Birna, which can make her disappear completely.
  • Birna may sell the coral dragon claw, even if the Dragonborn already has it from Yngol Barrow.
  • Birna may not always be eligible for investment through the Speech skill.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Birna

  • Coral claw missing

    10 messages
    • So I saw this post that says, if Birna is dead or doesn’t have it, it should be on a pedistal inside the barrow after the puzzle. But it’s ...
    • I guess you could try leaving or waiting for 10-30 in-game days for the barrow to reset, although that might not work. If Birna is still ali...
  • Is Birna a prostitute?

    4 messages
    • Mostly, she comes out on top. ;-)
    • you might be right, she have some kind of weird deal with the elf that sell shady stuff at the College. He comes at her home one time per w...
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