General Info
Jarl Laila Law-Giver
Location IDs  RiftenOrigin


Riften is a Location in Elder Scrolls V Skyrim. Riften, referred to as Rifton in earlier records, is a city situated in the southeastern corner of The Rift, at the eastern end of Lake Honrich, with a good portion of the city actually spilling over the water atop large wooden piers. It is the southernmost and easternmost of all the cities in Skyrim.


Riften Quests








Riften Characters

  • Aerin – the man who saved Mjoll the Lioness' life
  • Asgeir Snow-Shod – Maven Black-Briar's partner of the Meadery
  • Alessandra – a priestess of Arkay
  • Anuriel – a Bosmeri stewardess of Riften
  • Asbjorn Fire-Tamer – an apprentice blacksmith to Balimund
  • Balimund – a blacksmith (marriageable)
  • Bersi Honey-Hand – owner of The Pawned Prawn
  • Bolli – owner of Riften Fishery
  • Brand-Shei – a market merchant
  • Briehl – a priest of Mara
  • Constance Michel – an Assistant of the Orphanage.
  • Dinya Balu – a priestess of Mara
  • Drifa – Bersi Honey-Hand's wife
  • Edda – a beggar
  • Elgrim – an alchemist and owner of Elgrim's Elixirs
  • Francois Beaufort – a child at the orphanage
  • From-Deepest-Fathoms – an angry Argonian in the dockside
  • Grelka – a market merchant
  • Grelod the Kind – a runner of Honorhall Orphanage
  • Haelga – a runner of Haelga's Bunkhouse
  • Hafjorg – Elgrim's wife
  • Harrald – Jarl Laila Law-Giver's son
  • Hemming Black-Briar – the Black-Briar's son
  • Hofgrir Horse-Crusher – owner of Riften Stables
  • Hroar – a child at the orphanage
  • Indaryn – manager of the Black-Briar Meadery
  • Ingun Black-Briar – the Black-Briar's daughter
  • Keerava – manager of the Bee and Barb
  • Laila Law-Giver – the Jarl of Riften
  • Louis Letrush – quest giver (Promises to Keep)
  • Madesi – a market merchant
  • Marise Aravel – a market merchant
  • Maul – the right-hand man of Maven Black-Briar
  • Maven Black-Briar – the head of the Black-Briars
  • Mjoll the Lioness – a warrior and city protector (marriageable)
  • Maramal – a priest of Mara
  • Marcurio – a mercenary mage (marriageable)
  • Molgrom Twice-Killed – a prisoner
  • Niluva Hlaalu – a worker at the Meadery
  • Nivenor – Bolli's wife
  • Nura Snow-Shod – Vulwulf Snow-Shod's wife
  • Romlyn Dreth – a worker at the Meadery (marriageable)
  • Runa Fair-Shield – a child at the orphanage
  • Saerlund Law-Giver – Jarl Laila Law-Giver's youngest son
  • Samuel – a child at the orphanage
  • Shadr – an assistant at Riften Stables
  • Sibbi Black-Briar – the Black-Briar's son
  • Snilf – a beggar
  • Svana Far-Shield – Haelga's niece
  • Talen-Jei – a servant at the Bee and Barb
  • Threki the Innocent – a prisoner
  • Tythis Ulen – a worker at Riften Fishery
  • Ungrien – a bartender at the Meadery
  • Unmid Snow-Shod – the Jarl's Housecarl
  • Valindor – a worker at Riften Fishery
  • Vulwulf Snow-Shod – The man who lost his daughter
  • Wujeeta – a worker at Riften Fishery
  • Wylandriah – the Court Wizard of Riften
  • Arnskar Ember-Master – Blacksmith in the Ratways
  • Brynjolf – second-in-command
  • Cynric Endell
  • Delvin Mallory – Numbers, Fishing, and Bedlam job giver, Sneak trainer
  • Dirge – Lookout
  • Mercer Frey – Guild Master
  • Niruin – Archery trainer
  • Rune
  • Sapphire – daughter of Glover Mallory
  • Thrynn – former bandit
  • Tonilia – Guild fence, lookout
  • Vekel the Man – owner of the Ragged Flagon
  • Vex – Heist, Burglary, Shill, and Sweep job giver, Lockpicking trainer
  • Vipir the Fleet – Pickpocket trainer

Points of interest

  • Aerin's House
  • Beggar's Row
  • Black-Briar Manor
  • Bolli's House
  • Haelga's Bunkhouse
  • Honeyside (For Sale)
  • Marise Aravel's House
  • Riftweald Manor
  • Romlyn Dreth's House
  • Snow-Shod Manor
  • Valindor's House
  • The Bee and Barb
  • The Ragged Flagon
  • Black-Briar Meadery
  • Elgrim's Elixirs
  • The Pawned Prawn
  • Riften Marketplace
  • The Scorched Hammer
  • Mistveil Keep
  • Hall of the Dead
  • Honorhall Orphanage
  • Temple of Mara
  • The Ratway
  • Riften Jail
  • Riften Fishery
  • Riften Stables



  • The Bee and Barb
  • The Ragged Flagon

Dark Anchor.pngShops

  • Black-Briar Meadery
  • Elgrim's Elixirs
  • The Pawned Prawn
  • Riften Marketplace
  • The Scorched Hammer

Group Boss.pngDungeons

  • Hall of the Dead
  • Honorhall Orphanage
  • Temple of Mara
  • The Ratway
  • Riften Jail

Group Dungeon.pngJarl's Palace

  • Mistveil Keep


Riften Maps

Riften Quests Map


Riften Treasure Map 



  • One of the gates to Riften is boarded up, for seemingly no reason. A path leads from the boarded gate to the Morrowind border, although the border gate is not traversable. Although according to official game guide, that gate was boarded up due to a large amount of casualties from bandit attacks that happened right outside that gate. See Riften, in official paper guide for Skyrim, original edition.
  • Riften is the only walled city in Skyrim that has three entrances from the open world.
  • Although it may seem easy, going into the lake surrounding Riften is actually impossible by attempting to jump over the walls. Unlike the other cities, an invisible barrier is blocking the player from jumping the walls.
  • Within the Jail cell the Dragonborn is taken to upon arrest, there is an "escape route" Shadowmark, of a bisected circle with a triangle underneath; to the left of this is the interaction "Activate, Broken Shackle," which causes the guards to attack the Dragonborn. This was fixed in Patch 1.5. The Shackle now opens an escape route.

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