"I asked the gate guards to look for him. I can't afford to chase him down but could use a fierce, loyal beast to keep me company."

Speak to Lod is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn must inquire with Lod, a blacksmith in Falkreath, about his missing dog.


  1. Speak to Lod
  2. Find the Dog outside Falkreath


When approaching Falkreath for the first time, the gate guard will come forward and ask the Dragonborn if they have seen a dog on the road into town. He'll go on to explain that the town blacksmith Lod saw a stray nearby in the wilderness. He'll go on and say that Lod has eyes on it for a pet, speak to him for information.

Lod will tell more about the dog and ask for help to bring him back to town. He can be persuaded to give half the payment for the task up front. Following the road out towards Helgen, the canine can usually be seen at a crossroads near to town.

When approaching him, Barbas will come up front and begin to speak in a human voice. The quest will complete and the new one "A Daedra's Best Friend" will immediately begin. Return to Lod whenever to report back about the dog, saying, "It was more trouble than expected" and collect the remainder of the gold.


Speak to Lod – DA03Start
IDJournal Entry
5A guard outside Falkreath mentioned the Blacksmith Lod is looking for a Dog and offering a reward.
  • Objective 5: Speak to Lod
  • Objective 10: Find the Dog outside Falkreath
  • Quest complete


  • You can also go to Falkreath and accept the mission from Lod then continue doing other quests, after a while of you not going to find Barbas he will instead come find you. Tell him you're busy and he'll go wait at the entrance to Haemar's Shame.
  • If you are having trouble locating Barbas, make sure to turn on your quest marker. It'll point directly to him.
  • This quest is very quick and easy, but immediately leads into "A Daedra's Best Friend" where you must escort Barbas to Haemar's Shame which is full of Vampires.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Speak to Lod

  • Falkreath- possible bug

    5 messages
    • It happened to me before, I'm not sure if it's really a bug but I arrived by night. I passed time until morning and it worked.
    • What level were you when you entered Falkreath
  • Stray Dog Replacement?

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    • Has anyone tried or succeeded at giving Lod a stray instead of Barbas? When you come back to Lod after talking to Barbas, it seems like the o...
    • That's a pipedream, but a good idea for a mod. If you're playing on PC (or SE on console of course) you could add it to the ...
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