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 Morthal[src]

Thane of Hjaalmarch is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. In this quest, the Dragonborn can gain the title of Thane of Hjaalmarch.


  1. Befriend the Jarl of Hjaalmarch
  2. Assist three citizens of Hjaalmarch
  3. Return to the Jarl


To become the Thane of Hjaalmarch, the Dragonborn must begin the quest "Laid to Rest" by investigating the burned down house, as well as completing the subsequent quests. The Jarl (Idgrod Ravencrone by default, or Sorli the Builder if the Dragonborn has sided with the Stormcloaks during the Civil War) will then offer the title of Thane as long as the Dragonborn undertakes miscellaneous quests to help three different people.

There are multiple ways to assist the people of Hjaalmarch:

Quest Giver Quest Location Objective
Benor Fight! Fight! Morthal Beat Benor in a brawl.
Gestur Rockbreaker Mine Ore Stonehills Gather some iron ore for Gestur Rockbreaker.
Gorm For the Good of Morthal Morthal / Solitude Deliver a message from Gorm to Captain Aldis in Solitude.
Hroggar Chop Wood Morthal Gather wood for Hroggar.
Idgrod the Younger Delivery Morthal / Whiterun Deliver a letter to Danica Pure-Spring at the Temple of Kynareth in Whiterun.
Jorgen Chop Wood Morthal Gather wood for Jorgen.
Lami Rare Gifts Morthal / Radiant Find a copy of Song of the Alchemists for Lami.

The title also includes being awarded the Blade of Hjaalmarch.

Similar to Falkreath, if this is attempted late in the game, it may be difficult to find three citizens alive to help, especially if the The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard add-on is installed.


Thane of Hjaalmarch – Favor255
IDJournal Entry
  • Objective 15: Return to <Alias.ShortName=QuestGiver>


  • If the only reason for becoming Thane is to purchase the land, it is not necessary to finish helping with the three tasks before being allowed to purchase the land. Upon finding and speaking to Aslfur, he may have a dialogue option for buying a house, at which point he will say that while there are no houses available, he can sell some land.HF


This section contains bugs related to Thane of Hjaalmarch. 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.
  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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   PS4   XB1   NX   Neither investing in Lami's shop nor bringing her a copy of Song of the Alchemists will count towards the "Assist the people of Hjaalmarch" objective.
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