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Race Nord Gender Male
Resided in Skyrim
Appears in Skyrim, Legends

Brynjolf is a Nord thief, a member of the Thieves Guild in Riften and the Nightingales from the Fourth Era.

In 4E 201, one day Brynjolf noticed a new face in Riften, the Last Dragonborn, and approached them, revealing he was a member of the Thieves Guild. He offered them a chance to join his organization. Brynjolf wanted the Dragonborn to plant a merchant's ring on another merchant as a test. Conflicting reports claim whether this operation was successful or not; whichever the case, Brynjolf saw potential in the Dragonborn and sent them to the Thieves Guild's headguarters, the Ragged Flagon in Riften's Ratway.[1] He tasked the Dragonborn with collecting debt from different business owners, sent them to Goldenglow Estate, and sent them to Maven Black-Briar, who tasked them with sabotaging one of her business rivals. When the Dragonborn was sent to squeeze information from a smuggler, Gulum-Ei, he advised the Dragonborn to spare him.[2][3][4][5]

Later on, Karliah, a former guild member and lover of the previous Guild Master, Gallus Desidenius returned to the Ragged Flagon accompanied by the Dragonborn. She revealed that Mercer Frey, Gallus' successor, had betrayed and murdered Gallus, framed Karliah, and stolen from the guild for years.[6] Furious, Brynjolf joined Karliah and the Dragonborn, becoming a Nightingale. They tracked Mercer down to Irkngthand, where the Dragonborn defeated him. Brynjolf then elected the Dragonborn as the new Guild Master and was present for the ceremony.[7][8][9]


See Also[edit]

  • For game-specific information, see the Skyrim and LegendsHeroes of Skyrim articles.


  1. ^ Events of A Chance Arrangement in Skyrim
  2. ^ Events of Taking Care of Business in Skyrim
  3. ^ Events of Loud and Clear in Skyrim
  4. ^ Events of Dampened Spirits in Skyrim
  5. ^ Events of Scoundrel's Folly in Skyrim
  6. ^ Events of The Pursuit in Skyrim
  7. ^ Events of Trinity Restored in Skyrim
  8. ^ Events of Blindsighted in Skyrim
  9. ^ Events of Under New Management in Skyrim