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This article is about the city. For the hold, see Winterhold (region).

Winterhold, in the Winterhold hold
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Winterhold is a city on the northeast coast of Skyrim, and the capital of Winterhold hold. It is initially aligned with the Stormcloaks under Jarl Korir. It was once a large, bustling, and prosperous city. In 4E 122, a cataclysmic event known as the "Great Collapse" occurred, in which most of the city fell into the Sea of Ghosts. Winterhold now only consists of a few rudimentary buildings and the College of Winterhold, one of the only original structures still standing. Many of the remaining local residents suspect the College caused the city's destruction, but the College insists the event was caused by the earthquake in Vivec and subsequent eruption of Red Mountain in Morrowind. The few remaining residents of Winterhold can usually be found drinking their sorrows away in The Frozen Hearth; most of these characters can point you to local quests. Birna at Birna's Oddments can also sell you the Coral Dragon Claw for 50 septims, which you will need to further investigate Yngol Barrow.

For more information on Winterhold, see the lore article.

Winterhold PeopleEdit

Related QuestsEdit

Quests Starting HereEdit

College of WinterholdEdit

Creation ClubEdit

Miscellaneous QuestsEdit

Quest Giver Giver Location Quest Objective(s) Requirement
Dagur The Frozen Hearth Drowned Sorrows: Find Isabelle, Ranmir's lost love. A Few Words with You (for Haran)
Haran The Frozen Hearth A Few Words with You: Do a favor by talking to someone about a problem. (radiant)
  • Talk to Ranmir about Haran
  • Tell Haran that Ranmir is taken care of
Korir Jarl's Longhouse Dungeon Delving: Do a favor for Jarl Korir by retrieving the Helm of Winterhold. (radiant)
  • Find Helm of Winterhold inside <Alias=Dungeon>
  • Return Helm of Winterhold to Korir
Thane of Winterhold: Gain the title of Thane of Winterhold. (radiant)
  • Return to Korir
Dungeon Delving
Kraldar Kraldar's House Thane of Winterhold: Gain the title of Thane of Winterhold. (radiant)
  • Return to Kraldar
Rescue from Fort Kastav or Season Unending
Malur Seloth Jarl's Longhouse Some Light Theft: Do a favor by stealing an item. (radiant)
  • Steal the Staff of Arcane Authority for Malur
  • Bring the Staff of Arcane Authority to Malur


  • With Hearthfire installed, Winterhold is the only hold where you cannot buy or buildHF a house. As a result, it is also the only hold where you will not be offered the services of a housecarl, even as a bodyguard.
  • There is no jail in Winterhold. Instead, criminals are exiled to a cave far to the north of the town called The Chill, guarded by four frost atronachs. Guards will also mention this when you agree to go to prison by saying "Ha. Enjoy the Chill."
  • Random soldiers of the opposing Civil War faction may spawn near the town and attack the guards. Aid the guards in killing the soldier will count as an assault or murder, and the guards will turn hostile and attack.
  • Winterhold is set to experience a 100% chance of snowfall. It will always be snowing even if the Clear Skies shout is used.
  • The guards in the city don't carry the Winterhold Guard's Shield, though there is one outside the city who does. The guard in question is the one who patrols the road near Whistling Mine.
  • Winterhold also appears in Arena.


  • When paying a bounty in Winterhold the guard will mention that stolen goods will be confiscated. However no items will actually be lost as there is no evidence chest anywhere throughout the hold.
  • In Skyrim Special Edition, stolen goods are removed when paying a bounty in Winterhold and are sent to the nearest Evidence Chest - in Dawnstar. However, stolen goods will not be removed when being sent to The Chill as Winterhold itself still lacks an evidence chest.