Elders are a special race category found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The category is composed of characters who appear much older than most inhabitants of Skyrim.


The Elder race is assigned to older human characters only (Nords, Bretons and Imperials). There are, however, no elders of the Redguard race. The Mer (Altmer, Bosmer, Dunmer and Orcs), and beastfolk (Argonians and Khajiit) races also have no elders.

These elder characters are treated as a somewhat separate race, although most also retain their original race. For example, Esbern is listed as part of the Elder race, although he is also a Nord.[1]

The difference between regular races and the Elder race is purely aesthetic, and found mainly as a game data.

Note: The following list was obtained using Creation Kit
List of Elders Alternate Race Location
Anise Nord Anise's Cabin
Arngeir Nord High Hrothgar
Bendt Bards College
Bergritte Battle-Born Nord House of Clan Battle-Born
Borri Nord High Hrothgar
Crescius Caerellius DR Imperial Caerellius House
Donnel Breton The Treasury House
Einarth Nord High Hrothgar
Elgrim Nord Elgrim's Elixirs
Esbern Nord The Ratway Warrens, and Sky Haven Temple after the quest "A Cornered Rat" is completed
Festus Krex Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary
Fralia Gray-Mane Nord House Gray-Mane
Frida The Mortar and Pestle
Froki Whetted-Blade Nord Froki's Shack
Grelod the Kind Nord Honorhall Orphanage
Gunnar Stone-Eye Nord Helgen, until "Unbound" is completed
Hafjorg Imperial Elgrim's Elixirs
Helgird Hall of the Dead (Windhelm)
Hilde Nord Sven and Hilde's House
Idgrod Ravencrone Nord Highmoon Hall
Inge Six Fingers Nord Bards College
Jouane Manette Breton Rorik's Manor
Knjakr Nord The Ratway Warrens
Lillith Maiden-Loom Nord Whiterun Stables
Logrolf the Willful Random Forsworn Camp during the quest "The House of Horrors"
Madwoman Random location
Nepos the Nose Reachmen Nepos's House
Nils Nord Candlehearth Hall
Olava the Feeble Nord Olava the Feeble's House or walking around Whiterun
Palevius Lex DR Imperial Water Stone
Raerek Nord Understone Keep
Ritual Master Wolfskull Ruins during the quest "The Man Who Cried Wolf"
Rogatus Salvius Salvius Farm
Septimus Signus Imperial Septimus Signus's Outpost
Sern DG Dayspring Canyon
Sifnar Ironkettle Nord Palace of the Kings
Silvia Darklight Tower
Skald the Elder Nord The White Hall
Storn Crag-Strider DR Nord Shaman's Hut
Styrr Hall of the Dead (Solitude)
Tharstan DR Nord Greathall
Tilma the Haggard Jorrvaskr
Tolfdir Nord College of Winterhold
Torture Victim
(One of the females)
Dawnstar Sanctuary
Torturer Helgen, until "Unbound" is completed
Vigdis Salvius Salvius Farm
Vighar Nord Bloodlet Throne
Vignar Gray-Mane Nord Jorrvaskr
Watchman DG Castle Volkihar, outside Volkihar Keep
Wulfgar Nord High Hrothgar
Wuunferth the Unliving Palace of the Kings



  1. Information from the Creation Kit
*Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+