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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 in the center of Skyrim, and the capital of Whiterun Hold. Its central location makes it the province's major commercial hub, as well as 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 surrounding lands. Whiterun is initially nominally aligned with the Empire, but Jarl Balgruuf the Greater seems to care more about the people of Whiterun than either side of the conflict, rendering the hold effectively neutral.

Whiterun comprises three districts arranged in tiers and connected by stairways. The Plains District is the lowest and contains the city's marketplace and shops, inns, a few homes, and the city gates. The Wind District is the main residential area; it features the Temple of Kynareth, Jorrvaskr, the ancient mead hall and headquarters of the Companions, and the Skyforge, worked by the greatest blacksmith in Skyrim, Eorlund Gray-Mane. The Cloud District is dominated by the government seat Dragonsreach and its dungeon, and is the highest point in Whiterun. Local businesses and services include the smithy and weapons shop Warmaiden's, the tavern and hunting supply store The Drunken Huntsman, Belethor's General Goods, the alchemy shop Arcadia's Cauldron, and The Bannered Mare inn. The jarl's court wizard Farengar Secret-Fire has spells and enchanting supplies for sale and can teach you the basics of enchanting.

For more information on Whiterun, see the lore article.

Whiterun PeopleEdit

Amren's House
Amren   
Braith
Saffir
Arcadia's Cauldron
Arcadia     
The Bannered Mare
Hulda    
Mikael
Saadia  
Sinmir
Battle-Born Farm
Gwendolyn
Beggars
Brenuin
LuciaHF
Belethor's General Goods
Belethor  
Sigurd
Breezehome
Lydia   *
Carlotta Valentia's House
Carlotta Valentia  
Mila Valentia
Chillfurrow Farm
Wilmuth
Dragonsreach
Jarl Balgruuf the Greater
Dagny
Farengar Secret-Fire  
Fianna
Frothar
Gerda
Hjornskar Head-Smasher **
Hrongar
Irileth
Legate Quentin Cipius ***
Nelkir
Proventus Avenicci  
The Drunken Huntsman
Ahlam
Anoriath  
Elrindir  
Jenassa  
Nazeem ****
Guard Barracks
Commander Caius
Whiterun Guards
Guard Barracks
Whiterun Guards
Hall of the Dead
Andurs
Heimskr's House
Heimskr
Honningbrew Meadery
Eimar
Mallus Maccius  
Sabjorn  
House Gray-Mane
Avulstein Gray-Mane
Eorlund Gray-Mane     
Fralia Gray-Mane  
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     
Athis     
Brill
Farkas     
Kodlak Whitemane
Njada Stonearm     
Ria  
Skjor
Tilma the Haggard
Torvar  
Vignar Gray-Mane
Vilkas     
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   
Maurice Jondrelle
Rulnik Wind-StriderCC
Uthgerd's House
Uthgerd the Unbroken  
Warmaiden's
Adrianne Avenicci  
Ulfberth War-Bear  
Whiterun Stables
Bjorlam  
Jervar
Lillith Maiden-Loom
Skulvar Sable-Hilt  
Ysolda's House
Ysolda     ††

* 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.

Related QuestsEdit

Quests Starting HereEdit

Main QuestEdit

CompanionsEdit

DaedricEdit

Side QuestsEdit

Creation ClubEdit

Miscellaneous QuestsEdit

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
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 Andurs' Arkay Amulet: 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
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
Lars Battle-Born Whiterun Bullying Braith: Convince Braith to stop bullying Lars.
  • Convince Braith to stop bullying Lars
Vignar Gray-Mane Jorrvaskr Thane of Whiterun: Gain the title of Thane of Whiterun. (radiant)
  • Purchase a house in Whiterun
  • Return to Vignar
Battle for Whiterun
Ysolda Ysolda's House Rare Gifts: Do a favor by finding a rare item. (radiant)
  • Bring one Mammoth Tusk to Ysolda

NotesEdit

  • Breezehome is a house available for purchase after completion of the quest Bleak Falls Barrow. It may be purchased from Proventus Avenicci for 5,000 gold, as a reward for retrieving the Dragonstone for Jarl Balgruuf's court mage, Farengar Secret-Fire. If it is not purchased at this point, and Whiterun is conquered by the Stormcloaks, it may be purchased from Brill as a reward for helping the Stormcloaks conquer Whiterun.
  • Unused data in the game files indicates at least six buildings were removed from Whiterun: Maiden-Loom Manor, Pathway Guard Tower, Shrine of Talos, Ulfberth's House, Whiterun Jail, and Wintersand Manor.
  • Approximately 220 alchemy ingredients are freely available in Whiterun, with a respawn time of 30 days. These include 71 purple mountain flower, 41 blue mountain flower, 30 lavender, 23 tundra cotton, and 22 red mountain flower found throughout the city, as well as 14 nightshade in the graveyard outside the Hall of the Dead and 7 nordic barnacle and 1 bone meal in the pool outside Dragonsreach.
  • Whiterun also appears in Arena.

BugsEdit

  • If you sprint as soon as you fast travel to Whiterun, the game may freeze.
  • If the Stormcloaks take Whiterun, two guards will spawn on the left side of the main gate instead of one on either side.
  • You can leave the city without using the main gate by jumping on a barrel and over a wall near the gate.

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