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For the character involved in the quest, see Ghost of Old Hroldan.
"You don't remember me, Hjalti? Two campaigns we served together. You saved my life time and time again."
The Ghost of Old Hroldan[src]

The Ghost of Old Hroldan is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The Dragonborn must ease the ghost of an ancient Nord warrior by finding Hjalti's sword.


  1. Bring Hjalti's Sword to the Ghost of Old Hroldan


Old Hroldan Inn is a remote inn along the shores of the Karth River in the Reach. The innkeeper, Eydis, will make claims of the great historical importance of the inn. She will then offer to rent Tiber Septim's room to the Dragonborn for 10 Gold. She may then tell the history of Tiber Septim's Battle of Old Hrol'dan against the Reachmen, and how Old Hroldan Inn is supposedly where Hjalti slept following his victory.

Sleeping in Tiber Septim's bed past 1:00 AM, Eydis will awaken the Dragonborn with her screaming. When questioned, she claims that a ghost has been wandering around the inn, "like it owned the place." She goes on to say that she's heard stories about the inn being haunted by one of Tiber Septim's soldiers.

The Ghost of Old Hroldan will sit in a chair and have a drink. When spoken to, the ghost will ask, "Hjalti? Is that you?", being under the impression that the Dragonborn is Hjalti, a fellow brother in arms. Hjalti promised the Ghost of Old Hroldan his sword before the soldier was slain while sacking Hroldan, so that they "could become sworn brothers." He has been waiting an eternity since his death for Hjalti to return and give him the sword that will fulfill the promise.

After asking Eydis about the sword, she will point the Dragonborn towards one of eight random locations, claiming that the sword may be found there.

After returning Hjalti's sword to the ghost, it completes the quest and rewards the Dragonborn with +1 training in One-Handed and Block.


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ID Journal Entry
  • Objective 10: Bring Hjalti's Sword to the Ghost of Old Hroldan
  • Quest complete


  • "Hjalti Early-Beard" is Tiber Septim's original name. The ghost of Old Hroldan may mistake the Last Dragonborn for Hjalti due to the fact that both are Dragonborn. If asked about the name, the bartender does not recognize it but correctly speculates that it may be one of the many names Septim was known by.


This section contains bugs related to The Ghost of Old Hroldan. 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.
  • The ghost sometimes sits on an invisible chair.
  • It is possible to acquire a duplicate of Hjalti's sword in one of the potential spawn zones before starting the quest at The Old Hroldan. The sword is flagged as a quest item and is unable to be dropped until it is turned in.
  •  360   If obtained before the quest is given, it may be impossible to remove the sword from the inventory.