"No mother should have to bury her daughter."
―Tova Shatter-Shield[src]

Tova Shatter-Shield is a Nord and the matron to Clan Shatter-Shield in Windhelm. Her husband is Torbjorn Shatter-Shield. Tova had two twin daughters, Nilsine Shatter-Shield and the deceased Friga Shatter-Shield.

She can usually be found at the market in the southwest Stone Quarter, Candlehearth Hall, or walking nearby. At night, she heads to the House of Clan Shatter-Shield, where she can also be found during the day.


Muiri, an early contract-holder in the Dark Brotherhood questline, knew Tova and the other members of clan Shatter-Shields well. After Friga's death, Muiri visited the family to share in their grieving. During the visit, Muiri met Alain Dufont, a bandit, who exploited Muiri's affections to get closer to the Shatter-Shields and their wealth. Succeeding in robbing them, Alain fled, pushing the blame on Muiri and destroying her relationship with the Shatter-Shields.


Blood on the IceEdit

During the quest, "Blood on the Ice," Tova provides the Dragonborn with the key to Hjerim, the home of her late daughter, when he or she says they will catch her daughter's killer, The Butcher.

Mourning Never ComesEdit

If the Dragonborn assassinates Nilsine for Muiri, in "Mourning Never Comes," Tova commits suicide. She and her suicide note can be found on the floor upstairs in the House of Clan Shatter-Shield. Her body can be looted for the key to Hjerim.


Blood on the IceEdit

"Not really sure what to do with myself anymore. I just miss her so much."

I have some questions about your daughter. (Or "I'm sorry to trouble you, but I have some more questions.") "I'm sorry -- she was very dear to me, and it's rather painful to think about. I'd rather not talk about my daughter, if you'll excuse me."
I have authority in this matter, and need your cooperation. "Well... all right. What exactly do you need to know?"
I'm trying to find out who did this. I was hoping you'd help. "Well... all right. What exactly do you need to know?"
Do you want to find your daughter's killer or not? "I've had enough troubles recently. What is it that you're after?"
I'd like to investigate her house, but I'll need the key. "Hjerim? Well, I'm not sure what you think you'll find there, but you're welcome to have a look."
I'm sorry to have troubled you. "Good day."


Friga's possessionsEdit

Tova: "I understand you purchase used goods, as well as sell them?"
Aval: "Yes, that's right. Whether or not I'm interested depends on what you've got, of course."
Tova: "I have some things that belonged to my daughter, Friga. She... she won't be needing them any more."
Aval: "Oh, I see. Yes, yes of course I'll take a look. Just bring them by whenever it's convenient for you."


  • "I've been a bit out of sorts since... since our daughter was taken from us."
  • "No mother should have to bury her daughter."
  • "I try not to think of her, but sometimes the simplest thing will remind me."


  • If Nilsine is killed outside of the Dark Brotherhood quest, Tova does not commit suicide, neither does she offer any special dialogue. Even if the quest is completed later, she remains alive.
  • Guards say during "Blood on the Ice," "Friga Shatter-Shield's old place? It's been abandoned ever since she was killed. I think her mother, Tova, has the key.", but if Tova is deceased, they will say, "Her mother would have had the key, but she... that family is cursed, I tell you."


This section contains bugs related to Tova Shatter-Shield. 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   PS3   If Tova committed suicide, looting the key to Hjerim from her body may not activate the quest chain Blood on the Ice.
  •  PC   360   XB1   PS3   Tova's body after her suicide may disappear.


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  • What did you feel?

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    • Nilsine still died even the optinal isn't fulfil, no matter what I do she sill dead. I even try to reload the safe to make sure t...
    • Make sure you don't have the quest "Blood on the Ice" active. Nilsine is one of the potential targets for the murderer to k...
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    • Bilitis wrote:It's not random at all Tova is the mother of the former owner of Hjerim, Friga. Friga is the victim you find in the cemet...
    • wrote:Oh ok, I assumed it was always the murderers house, what with the secret door and all. I accept your explanation. Thanks! ...
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