Blade of the Reach is a semi-unique weapon found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This weapon is one of several Thane weapons awarded after becoming Thane of the respective hold, in this case the Reach.


All of the weapons properties, except the name, are randomly generated.


Physical appearanceEdit

The weapons appearance matches that of a generic weapon of the same type and material. The weapon will also bear a colored glow and pattern appropriate to the enchantment.


The Blade of the Reach is awarded by the Jarl of Markarth, Igmund (or Thongvor Silver-Blood) after becoming an honorary Thane. To become Thane the following conditions must be met:


  • Completion of the miscellaneous quest: "Kill the Forsworn at [Radiant location] Forsworn camp" for the Jarl.
  • Completion of the miscellaneous quest: "Recover Hrolfdir's Shield."
  • Purchasing Vlindrel Hall
  • Assisting five people of the Reach

Thongvor Silver-BloodEdit

  • Purchasing Vlindrel Hall
  • Assisting five people of the Reach


The upgrade material is dependent on the material that the weapon was generated with.


  • This weapon serves as the badge of office for the Thane of the Reach.
  • If the game is saved within Markarth, and a reload is performed to receive the blade again for a different attribute outcome, it will fail. To circumvent this problem, the game can be saved while the Dragonborn is not within Markarth. Then, when the save file is reloaded, the Dragonborn can simply fast travel travel to Markath, speak to the Jarl, exhaust the relevant dialogue, and the weapon given to them will have different attributes than the last attempt.
    • If one intends to repeat this method until receiving the attributes that are satisfactory, then the most efficient way would be if the Dragonborn has already assisted 5/5 citizens of the The Reach, then save progress outside of Markarth (a fair distance, not too close) somewhere. That way, after each reload, one could just fast travel to Markarth immediately after loading, speak to the Jarl, skip through the dialogue quickly, check the weapon, then reload if the attributes are unsatisfactory.
  • At higher levels iron is, surprisingly, the most common material of the weapon.


This section contains bugs related to Blade of the Reach. 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.
  • In rare cases, the name can be "Blade of [...]."
  • May spawn in Skytemple Ruins north of Winterhold after becoming thane of the Reach when left on a weapon rack in the Dragonborn's home.
  • It is possible for the weapon be an axe, yet it will still be called "Blade of the Reach."


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