Map of Skyrim.

Holds are the nine administrative divisions of Skyrim, different from each other both in climate and local government.

Each of the nine Holds is governed by a Jarl who resides in the Hold's capital city. The Jarls are largely independent, but swear fealty to Skyrim's High King, who in turn swears fealty to the Emperor.

Each Hold also employs their own guards, who can be identified by the color of their uniform and the Hold symbol they bear on their shields.

Given the independent nature of governance, crimes are tracked independently by each Hold, and a criminal who is wanted in one Hold may have no bounty in another. 

Old Holds

Winterhold, Eastmarch, The Rift and The Pale are known collectively as the "Old Holds," and have remained more isolated—not only from a geographic standpoint, but a political one as well, given that they are all initially aligned with the Stormcloaks during the civil war.[1] The Old Holds are bound together in history, as these holds were inhabited by the ancient Nords.

The Holds of Skyrim

Hold Capital Jarl Allegiance[note 1] Potential Jarl
Eastmarch Windhelm Ulfric Stormcloak

[note 2]

Stormcloak [note 3] Brunwulf Free-Winter
Falkreath Falkreath Siddgeir

[note 1]

Imperial Dengeir of Stuhn
Haafingar Solitude

[note 4]

Elisif the Fair

[note 2]


[note 3]

Hjaalmarch Morthal Idgrod Ravencrone

[note 1]

Imperial Sorli the Builder
The Pale Dawnstar Skald the Elder

[note 1]

Stormcloak Brina Merilis
The Reach Markarth Igmund

[note 1]

Imperial Thongvor Silver-Blood
The Rift Riften Laila Law-Giver

[note 1]

Stormcloak Maven Black-Briar
Winterhold Winterhold Korir

[note 1]

Stormcloak Kraldar
Whiterun Whiterun Balgruuf the Greater

[note 1]

Neutral, later Imperial Vignar Gray-Mane


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 These can change if the Dragonborn undertakes the Civil War questline.
  2. 2.0 2.1 These Jarls claim the title of High King or Queen.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Eastmarch and Haafingar are the "centers" of their respective factions.
  4. Solitude is also the overall capital of Skyrim.


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