Skyrim:Thane of Whiterun

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Gain the title of Thane of Whiterun.
Quest Giver: Vignar Gray-Mane
Location(s): Whiterun
Prerequisite Quest: Battle for Whiterun
Concurrent Quest: Making Friends and Influencing People
Reward: Title of Thane, Blade of Whiterun
Disposition: =3 (quest giver)
ID: Favor253
Regain your thaneship

Quest Giver[edit]

This is a radiant quest; however, unlike most of the other thane quests, you can only receive it when Vignar Gray-Mane is Jarl of Whiterun. If Balgruuf is the jarl, you can only become Thane of Whiterun by completing Dragon Rising.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Assist the people of Whiterun Hold.
  2. Purchase Breezehome.
  3. Return to the jarl for your reward.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

This is an umbrella quest for several other quests that must be completed if you wish to become Thane of Whiterun. In order for Vignar to be jarl, you have to have completed Battle for Whiterun for the Stormcloaks. Completing this quest befriends him automatically.

Speak with the jarl and he will ask you to assist the people of the hold. You must assist five people in the hold, usually by completing favor quests for them. Note that many of the quest givers are non-essential NPCs, so their deaths would result in a loss of potential quests to complete. If they die after you assist them, they still count towards your Thane status. You can also befriend merchants if you have the Investor perk by investing in their stores.

You must also purchase Breezehome, which costs 5,000 gold, if you have not done so already. Simply purchasing it is enough, there is no requirement to decorate, although it becomes more useful if decorated.

Whiterun Favor Quests[edit]

Highlighted quests can be easily completed without any skill use. If any citizen offers multiple favour quests, only the first completed one will count towards Thaneship.

Quest Giver Giver Location Quest Objective(s)
Alfhild Battle-Born Battle-Born Farm Gather Wheat: Get paid to gather crops. (radiant)
Faendal Riverwood, Faendal's House A Lovely Letter: Use a forged letter to resolve a love triangle.
  • Deliver Faendal's letter to Camilla
  • (Optional) Tell Sven about Faendal's letter
  • Talk to Faendal
Hod Riverwood, Hod and Gerdur's House Chop Wood: Get paid to chop firewood. (radiant)
Sven Riverwood, Sven and Hilde's House or Sleeping Giant Inn A Lovely Letter: Use a forged letter to resolve a love triangle.
  • Deliver Sven's letter to Camilla
  • (Optional) Tell Faendal about Sven's letter
  • Talk to Sven
Lemkil Rorikstead, Lemkil's Farmhouse Gather Wheat: Get paid to gather crops. (radiant)
Reldith Rorikstead, Cowflop Farmhouse Gather Wheat: Get paid to gather crops. (radiant)
Severio Pelagia Pelagia Farm Gather Wheat: Get paid to gather crops. (radiant)
Adrianne Avenicci Whiterun, Warmaiden's Greatsword for a Great Man: Adrianne asks you to deliver a sword to Proventus Avenicci, her father.
  • Deliver the sword to Proventus Avenicci
Amren Whiterun, Amren's House Dungeon Delving: Do a favor by retrieving an item from a bandit hideout. (radiant)
  • Find Amren's Family Sword inside <Alias=Dungeon>
  • Return Amren's Family Sword to Amren
Andurs Whiterun, Hall of the Dead Andurs' Arkay Amulet: Retrieve Andurs' Amulet of Arkay from the catacombs.
  • Recover Andurs' Amulet of Arkay
  • Return the amulet to Andurs
Brenuin Whiterun, The Bannered Mare Quest all Beggars Have: Take pity on a beggar. (radiant)
Argonian Ale Extraction: Brenuin longs for the taste of Argonian Ale. Can you steal some for him?
  • Steal the Argonian Ale
  • Give the Argonian Ale to Brenuin
Carlotta Valentia Whiterun, Carlotta Valentia's House A Few Words with You: Do a favor by talking to someone about a problem. (radiant)
  • Talk to Mikael about Carlotta
  • Tell Carlotta that Mikael is taken care of
Farengar Secret-Fire Whiterun, Dragonsreach Salt for Arcadia: Farengar asks you to deliver some frost salts to Arcadia.
  • Give the Frost Salts to Arcadia
Hulda Whiterun, The Bannered Mare Chop Wood: Get paid to chop firewood. (radiant)
Lars Battle-Born Whiterun, House of Clan Battle-Born Bullying Braith: Convince Braith to stop bullying Lars.
  • Convince Braith to stop bullying Lars
Ysolda Whiterun, Ysolda's House Rare Gifts: Do a favor by finding a rare item. (radiant)
  • Bring one Mammoth Tusk to Ysolda
Uthgerd the Unbroken Whiterun, Uthgerd's House Fight! Fight!: Prove your strength by wagering on a fist fight with another. (radiant)

Note that completing Erik the Slayer does not count towards this objective, as it does not affect anyone's disposition.

Whiterun Stores[edit]

Investing 500 gold in certain stores will count towards Thaneship if you have not befriended the store's owner by other means. If the original owner dies and you had already invested in their store, you [can / cannot [verification needed]] also befriend their replacement.

Merchant Name Store Name Store Location Merchandise
Alvor Alvor and Sigrid's House Riverwood Blacksmith
Lucan Valerius (Camilla Valerius) Riverwood Trader Riverwood General; sells Blue Mage Robes, several Spell Tomes
Adrianne Avenicci Warmaiden's (Outside) Whiterun Blacksmith
Ulfberth War-Bear Warmaiden's (Inside) Whiterun Blacksmith
Arcadia Arcadia's Cauldron Whiterun Apothecary
Belethor Belethor's General Goods Whiterun General
Elrindir The Drunken Huntsman Whiterun Armor, Arrows, Food, Tools, Weapons
Farengar Secret-Fire Dragonsreach Whiterun Spells

Other Quests[edit]

The following quests also increase the disposition of citizens of Whiterun, and therefore count towards this objective:


After helping five inhabitants and purchasing Breezehome, the journal tells you to return to the jarl. The reward, the Blade of Whiterun, is a random, leveled, enchanted blade. There is a 50% chance that it will be a sword (one-handed), and a 50% chance it will be a greatsword (two-handed).

Quest Stages[edit]

Thane of Whiterun (Favor253)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Purchase a house in Whiterun
Objective 15: Return to <Alias.ShortName=QuestGiver>
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 15, 25, 200.