Skyrim:Whiterun

This article is about the city. For the hold, see Whiterun Hold.

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Whiterun
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Whiterun in Whiterun Hold

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Whiterun

Whiterun is a major city located in the center of Skyrim, to the northwest of the Throat of the World, the highest mountain on the entire continent of Tamriel.

The capital of Whiterun Hold, Whiterun's central location makes it the province's major commercial hub.

Its central location also makes it a crucial strategic point in the Civil War between the Imperial Legion loyalists and Stormcloak rebels, as control of Whiterun Hold grants access to all the surrounding areas. Initially, Whiterun is nominally aligned with The Empire, but the Jarl, Balgruuf the Greater, seems to care more about the people of Whiterun than either side of the conflict, and so the hold is effectively neutral.

Whiterun comprises three districts arranged in tiers and connected by stairways. The Plains District is the lowest and contains all the shops, the city's marketplace, inns, and a few homes as well at the city gates. The Wind District is the main residential area; its more important buildings include the Temple of Kynareth and Jorrvaskr, headquarters of the Companions. The Cloud District is the location of Dragonsreach and is the highest point in Whiterun.

Local businesses and services in Whiterun include: the Warmaiden's smithy and weapons store, The Drunken Huntsman tavern and hunting supply store, Belethor's General Goods store, the Arcadia's Cauldron alchemy store and The Bannered Mare inn. The Jarl's Palace, Dragonsreach, is the center of political matters and law enforcement, housing Dragonsreach Dungeon below. The Jarl's court wizard Farengar Secret-Fire also resides here and has spells and enchanting supplies for sale. He can also teach you the basics of enchanting.

The Companions are based in Whiterun, as the city itself was established and expanded around their mead hall, Jorrvaskr. The Skyforge is worked by the greatest blacksmith in Skyrim, Eorlund Gray-Mane, who forges weapons and armor for the Companions. This ancient forge predates even Jorrvaskr and is said by Eorlund to produce the finest steel found anywhere in Tamriel.

Whiterun People

Amren's House
Amren Trainer (Common)One-handed (Common)
Braith
Saffir
Arcadia's Cauldron
Arcadia ApothecaryTrainer (Expert)Alchemy (Expert)
The Bannered Mare
Hulda Innkeeper Food and Drink
Mikael
Saadia Food and Drink
Sinmir
Battle-Born Farm
Gwendolyn
Beggars
Brenuin
LuciaHF
Belethor's General Goods
Belethor General Goods
Sigurd
Breezehome
Lydia Follower *
Carlotta Valentia's House
Carlotta Valentia Food and Drink
Mila Valentia
Chillfurrow Farm
Wilmuth
Dragonsreach
Jarl Balgruuf the Greater
Dagny
Farengar Secret-Fire Spells
Fianna
Frothar
Gerda
Hjornskar Head-Smasher **
Hrongar
Irileth
Legate Quentin Cipius ***
Nelkir
Proventus Avenicci Breezehome
The Drunken Huntsman
Ahlam
Anoriath Food and Drink
Elrindir Fletcher
Jenassa Follower
Nazeem ****
Guard Barracks
Commander Caius
Whiterun Guards
Guard Barracks (Gate)
Whiterun Guards
Hall of the Dead
Andurs
Heimskr's House
Heimskr
Honningbrew Meadery
Eimar
Mallus Maccius Fence
Sabjorn Food and Drink
House Gray-Mane
Avulstein Gray-Mane
Eorlund Gray-Mane Blacksmith Trainer (Master)Smithing (Master)
Fralia Gray-Mane Jeweler
Olfina Gray-Mane
House of Clan Battle-Born
Alfhild Battle-Born
Bergritte Battle-Born
Idolaf Battle-Born
Jon Battle-Born
Lars Battle-Born
Olfrid Battle-Born
Jorrvaskr
Aela the Huntress Follower Trainer (Expert)Archery (Expert)
Athis Follower Trainer (Expert)One-handed (Expert)
Brill
Farkas Follower Trainer (Master)Heavy Armor (Master)
Kodlak Whitemane
Njada Stonearm Follower Trainer (Expert)Block (Expert)
Ria Follower
Skjor
Tilma the Haggard
Torvar Follower
Vignar Gray-Mane
Vilkas Follower Trainer (Master)Two-handed (Master)
Olava the Feeble's House
Olava the Feeble
Pelagia Farm
Gloth
Nimriel
Severio Pelagia's House
Severio Pelagia
Temple of Kynareth
Acolyte Jenssen
Danica Pure-Spring Trainer (Master)Restoration (Master)
Maurice Jondrelle
Uthgerd's House
Uthgerd the Unbroken Follower
Warmaiden's
Adrianne Avenicci Blacksmith
Ulfberth War-Bear Blacksmith
Whiterun Stables
Bjorlam Carriage Service
Jervar
Lillith Maiden-Loom
Skulvar Sable-Hilt Hostler
Ysolda's House
Ysolda Innkeeper General Goods ††

* Only appears after Dragon Rising.

** Only appears after the Stormcloaks quest Battle for Whiterun.

*** Only appears after the Imperial Legion quest Message to Whiterun.

**** Owns Chillfurrow Farm but sleeps here.

† This person only sells goods at the market.

†† Backup innkeeper for Hulda; also backup merchant for Belethor.

Player Owned House

Quests Starting Here

Main Quest

Daedric

Other

Miscellaneous

Quest Giver Giver Location Quest Objective(s) Requirement
Adrianne Avenicci 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
Alfhild Battle-Born House of Clan Battle-Born Gather Wheat: Get paid to gather crops. (radiant)
Amren 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 Hall of the Dead Recover Andurs' Amulet of Arkay: Retrieve Andurs' Amulet of Arkay from the catacombs.
  • Recover Andurs' Amulet of Arkay
  • Return the amulet to Andurs
Brenuin The Bannered Mare 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
Quest all Beggars Have: Take pity on a beggar. (radiant)
Carlotta Valentia 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 Dragonsreach Salt for Arcadia: Farengar asks you to deliver some frost salts to Arcadia.
  • Give the Frost Salts to Arcadia
Hulda The Bannered Mare Chop Wood: Get paid to chop firewood. (radiant)
Companions Jorrvaskr Living Quarters Speak with the leader of the Companions: Prove you are worthy to join the Companions.
Lars Battle-Born Whiterun Bullying Braith: Convince Braith to stop bullying Lars.
  • Convince Braith to stop bullying Lars
Severio Pelagia Severio Pelagia's House Gather Wheat: Get paid to gather crops. (radiant)
Uthgerd the Unbroken Uthgerd's House Fight! Fight!: Prove your strength by wagering on a fist fight with another. (radiant)
Vignar Gray-Mane Jorrvaskr Thane of Whiterun: Gain the title of Thane of Whiterun. (radiant)
  • Purchase a house in Whiterun
  • Return to Vignar
Ysolda Ysolda's House Sleeping Tree Cave: Question Ysolda about an interesting note you found on a dead Orc.
Rare Gifts: Do a favor by finding a rare item. (radiant)
  • Bring one Mammoth Tusk to Ysolda

Map

Map of Whiterun
  1. Dragonsreach Jarl's Quarters
  2. Dragonsreach Dungeon
  3. Dragonsreach
  4. Hall of the Dead
  5. House of Clan Battle-Born
  6. Skyforge
  7. Temple of Kynareth
  8. Amren's House
  9. Jorrvaskr
  10. Carlotta Valentia's House
  11. Uthgerd's House
  12. House Gray-Mane
  13. Heimskr's House
  14. Guard Barracks
  15. The Drunken Huntsman
  16. Severio Pelagia's House
  17. The Bannered Mare
  18. Skyrim
  19. Warmaiden's
  20. Breezehome
  21. Belethor's General Goods
  22. Arcadia's Cauldron
  23. Olava the Feeble's House
  24. Ysolda's House
  • Each white dot (or pog) corresponds directly to a door. All doors are numbered and relate to a Key on the side of the map.

Bugs

  • If you sprint as soon as you fast travel to Whiterun, the game may freeze. ?
  • If Whiterun is taken by the Stormcloaks, two guards will spawn on the left side of the main gate instead of one on either side.