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"My father died trying to negotiate with the Forsworn, back when that was possible. They took his shield to those Hagraven beasts they consort with. I need you to bring it home where it belongs."

Recover Hrolfdir's Shield is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Jarl Igmund gives the Dragonborn a miscellaneous quest to recover Hrolfdir's Shield, the shield belonging to his father. The quest is labeled "Find Hrolfdir's Shield for Igmund."


  1. Find Hrolfdir's Shield for Igmund
  2. Bring Hrolfdir's Shield to Igmund


The quest cannot be completed if Thongvor Silver-Blood becomes Jarl of Markarth during "Season Unending," because Igmund will no longer offer the quest due to his residence at the Blue Palace in Solitude.

Due to the radiant story mechanics, the shield can be found in a variety of different locations, depending on the Dragonborn's level. Possible locations include:

This quest is a prerequisite for purchasing a house in Markarth, which in turn is required before becoming Thane.


Dungeon Delving – Favor157
ID Journal Entry
  • Objective 10: Find Hrolfdir's Shield for Igmund
  • Objective 15: Bring Hrolfdir's Shield to Igmund
  • Quest complete


This section contains bugs related to Recover Hrolfdir's Shield. 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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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.
  • Sometimes, when speaking to Jarl Igmund, the dialogue option to start this quest does not show up, and thus the quest cannot be started.
    •  PC (Fix:)   Setting the relationship rank with the Jarl to level 3 should give you the dialogue relevant to becoming the Thane.
    • Fix: The Shrine of Talos in Markarth can be visited. Upon returning to Igmund, the dialogue option will appear. However, this fix may not always work, and reloading to an earlier save may be required instead.
  •  360   PS3   In the cleared out the Hag/Forsworn building nothing may be found in the marked chest, where the shield should be located. In some cases, the chest itself is not even present. The quest is then not able to be completed and as a result it is impossible to become Thane of the Reach and the house cannot be purchased.
  •  PS4   The location of the shield may not appear on the map or quest log (resulting in the invalid selection noise when you try to show the map location). The only fix is to go from location to location until the shield is recovered.