For other uses, see Thane.
"There is room in my court for a new Thane. It's an honorary title, mainly, but there are a few perks someone like you could make use of."
Jarl of Solitude[src]

Thane of Haafingar is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The Dragonborn can gain the title of Thane of Haafingar.


  1. Befriend the Jarl of Haafingar
  2. Assist five citizens of Haafingar
  3. Purchase Proudspire Manor
  4. Return to the Jarl


Talk to Falk Firebeard in the Blue Palace and he will give the quest "The Man Who Cried Wolf," investigating the lights and sounds coming out of Wolfskull Cave, which is located in the mountains west of Solitude. After completing the quest, talk to Falk again for a reward. Then speak directly to the Jarl herself and she will thank them and assign one more task.

She will ask that Torygg's war horn be placed on a Shrine of Talos, as a tribute to her late husband. Take the war horn to the specified Shrine and place it at the foot of the statue of Talos, then return to Elisif. She will invite the Dragonborn to become a Thane, but only after meeting the requirements.

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

Quest Giver Quest Location Objective
Ahtar Kill the Bandit Leader Solitude/Broken Oar Grotto Slay a bandit leader as a favor for Ahtar.
Angeline Morrard No News is Good News Solitude Ask Captain Aldis for information about Angeline Morrard's daughter.
Azzada Lylvieve Gather Wheat Dragon Bridge Gather crops for Azzada Lylvieve.
Captain Aldis Rare Gifts Castle Dour/Radiant Find a copy of The Mirror for Captain Aldis.
Dervenin Quest all Beggars Have Temple of the Divines Give a gold coin to Dervenin.
Evette San The Spiced Wine Solitude Talk to Vittoria Vici and convince her to release a shipment of spices.
Hjorunn Chop Wood Solitude Sawmill Gather wood for Hjorunn.
Horgeir Chop Wood Dragon Bridge Gather wood for Horgeir.
Katla Gather Wheat Katla's Farm Gather crops for Katla.
Noster Eagle-Eye Dungeon Delving Solitude/Radiant Find Noster Eagle-Eye's helmet.
Noster Eagle-Eye Quest all Beggars Have Solitude Give a gold coin to Noster Eagle-Eye.
Octieve San A Few Words with You Solitude Octieve San asks the Dragonborn to convince Irnskar Ironhand to waive his debts.
Sorex Vinius Delivery Solitude Deliver Stros M'Kai Rum to Falk Firebeard.
Any store Investing Solitude Just invest 500 gold to any or all of the shops

Once this has been done, return to Jarl Elisif and become a Thane of Haafingar and be given the Blade of Haafingar.

Some time after Wolfskull Cave has been cleaned out and the Dragonborn has leveled up at least once, a courier arrives with a letter from Falk requesting a meeting. This initiates the quest to hunt down Potema's spirit, "The Wolf Queen Awakened". It is not required to become a Thane, but completing it counts toward the total of helping citizens in Solitude.


Thane of Haafingar – Favor252
IDJournal Entry
  • Objective 10: Purchase a house in Solitude
  • Objective 15: Return to <Alias.ShortName=QuestGiver>


This section contains bugs related to Thane of Haafingar. 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  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
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  •  PC   360   Jarl Elisif will say that the Dragonborn may become a Thane by buying a house and helping five people in her hold, but the quest doesn't initiate. This causes it to be impossible to become a Thane of Haafingar (though the house may still be purchased).
    • Quest will not be active after speaking with Elisif if the house has not been purchased. Once the house is purchased and any of the helping actions have been done, the quest will appear in the quest log "Assist the People of Haafingar number/5". Completing the necessary remaining items will properly transition to the next task of speaking to Elisif. If five citizens have already been helped, finding and completing a sixth will move it forward and add the task of speaking with Elisif.
  •  PC   360   PS3   The completed quest "Assist the People of Haafingar (5/5)", may get stuck in the quest list after completion, even after becoming a Thane. This may happen if the citizens were helped before the quest to help five citizens was received.
    • A solution is to help any other citizen (either do an additional side quest, give money to Dervenin or invest in a store with the investor perk). Selling vegetables at Katla's farm works but it may take some time for the objective to complete. The count will update to "6/5" and the quest will complete and be removed.
  •  360   After completing the quest to place Jarl Elisif's husband's horn at the Shrine of Talos, picking it back up immediately does not allow for the dialog box to appear on return of the completed quest. It can be picked up afterwards.
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