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For other uses, see Thane.
"I'd like to offer you a place in my court, as a Thane. It's mainly an honorary title, but there are a few perks."
Jarl of Windhelm[src]

Thane of Eastmarch is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Similar to other Hold Thane quests, the Dragonborn can gain the title of Thane of Eastmarch. This quest only becomes available if the player either helps the Imperial Legion win the Civil War, or helps the Stormcloaks liberate Falkreath.


  1. Befriend the Jarl of Eastmarch
  2. Assist five citizens of Eastmarch
  3. Purchase Hjerim
  4. Return to the Jarl


Imperial Legion questline[]

After completing the quest "Reunification of Skyrim," Brunwulf Free-Winter will become Jarl of Windhelm, whereupon he will give the Dragonborn the option to become a Thane of Eastmarch.

Stormcloak questline[]

After progressing through the questline "Liberation of Skyrim", the Dragonborn will need to complete "Rescue from Fort Neugrad", liberating Falkreath from the Empire. Upon doing so, Ulfric Stormcloak will give the Dragonborn the option to become a Thane of Eastmarch.

Regardless of the questline followed, there are two requirements to becoming Thane of Eastmarch:

There are several easy ways to assist the people of Eastmarch:

Quest Giver Quest Location Objective
Adonato Leotelli Delivery Windhelm/Solitude Deliver a book to Giraud Gemane in Solitude.
Angrenor Once-Honored Quest all Beggars Have Windhelm Give a gold coin to Angrenor Once-Honored.
Annekke Crag-Jumper Kill the Bandit Leader Darkwater Crossing/Radiant Slay a bandit leader as a favor for Annekke Crag-Jumper.
Belyn Hlaalu Gather Wheat Belyn Hlaalu's House Gather crops for Belyn Hlaalu.
Bolfrida Brandy-Mug Gather Wheat Brandy-Mug Farm Gather crops for Bolfrida Brandy-Mug.
Brunwulf Free-Winter Kill the Bandit Leader Windhelm/Radiant Slay a bandit leader as a favor for Brunwulf Free-Winter.
Derkeethus Extracting an Argonian Darkwater Pass Rescue Derkeethus from his captors.
Dravynea the Stoneweaver Dravynea's Frost Salts Kynesgrove Deliver frost salts to Dravynea the Stoneweaver.
Ganna Uriel Chop Wood Kynesgrove Gather wood for Ganna Uriel.
Gilfre Chop Wood Mixwater Mill Gather wood for Gilfre.
Hillevi Cruel-Sea Delivery Windhelm Deliver some Nightshade Extact [sic] [Do not change this to Nightshade Extract. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] to Wuunferth the Unliving.
Iddra A Few Words with You Kynesgrove Convince Roggi Knot-Beard to forget his debts.
Kjar Harsh Master Windhelm/Radiant Take care of a former member of Kjar's crew.
Kjeld Mine Ore Kynesgrove Gather some Malachite Ore for Kjeld.
Oengul War-Anvil Dungeon Delving Windhelm / Radiant Find Queen Freydis's Sword.
Revyn Sadri That Was Always There Windhelm Return a ring to Viola Giordano.
Roggi Knot-Beard Dungeon Delving Kynesgrove/Radiant Find Roggi Knot-Beards Ancestral Shield.
Rolff Stone-Fist Fight! Fight! Windhelm Beat Rolff in a brawl at the inn.
Scouts-Many-Marshes A Few Words with You Windhelm Convince Torbjorn Shatter-Shield to raise the Argonians dock workers' wages.
Shahvee Shahvee's Amulet Windhelm/Radiant Find Shahvee's Amulet of Zenithar.
Silda the Unseen Quest all Beggars Have Windhelm Give a gold coin to Silda the Unseen.
Sondas Drenim Delivery Darkwater Crossing/Windhelm Deliver Sondas's Note to Quintus Navale.
Stands-In-Shallows Some Light Theft Windhelm Steal some Double-Distilled Skooma for Stands-In-Shallows.
Torbjorn Shatter-Shield Rare Gifts Windhelm Bring an Amulet of Arkay to Torbjorn Shatter-Shield.
Torbjorn Shatter-Shield Quest all Drunks Have Windhelm Give an alcoholic beverage to Torbjorn Shatter-Shield.
Tulvur Gather Wheat Hollyfrost Farm Gather crops for Tulvur.
Verner Rock-Chucker Mine Ore Goldenrock Mine Gather some Corundum Ore for Verner Rock-Chucker.

While completing "Blood on the Ice" is not a prerequisite of becoming a Thane of Eastmarch, the quest will automatically start upon the purchase of Hjerim. Also, if on the Legion's side in the Civil War, Brunwulf's bandit quest must be done to become a Thane anyway.

Regardless of who controls Windhelm, the Dragonborn must speak to Ulfric/Brunwulf, and the Jarl will offer the title of Thane contingent on them helping five people of Windhelm as mentioned above and purchasing Hjerim from their respective steward. After these two objectives have been completed, Ulfric/Brunwulf will grant the Dragonborn the title of Thane, give them a random leveled weapon of Eastmarch, and appoint a housecarl, named Calder, to serve them.


Thane of Eastmarch – Favor254
ID Journal Entry
  • Objective 10: Purchase a house in Windhelm
  • Objective 15: Return to <Alias.ShortName=QuestGiver>


This section contains bugs related to Thane of Eastmarch. 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.
  • There is a bug where Brunwulf is never updated to his new position as Jarl of Windhelm.
    •  PC (Fix)   Using the console command addfac 00050920 1, gives him the new dialogue and outfit, but he will still not reside in the Palace of Kings. However, he should have the Thane dialogue option available, should the player have already helped 5 citizens.
  •  PS4   If Brunwulf is Jarl, turning in radiant bandit bounty quests may not add to the quest stage for becoming Thane.