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Jorunn the Skald-King
(lore page)
Home City Windhelm
Location Skald-King's Temporary Court, Hall of Trials, Trolhetta Summit
Race Nord Gender Male
Reaction Friendly
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Faction(s) Ebonheart Pact
Jorunn the Skald-King

Jorunn the Skald-King is a Nord and the High King of Skyrim and leader of the Ebonheart Pact. He presides over the Great Moot in the Pact's capital of Mournhold. He may be found in Windhelm, in the Skald-King's Temporary Court (located southwest of The Adept's Retreat). King Jorunn is the twin brother of Fildgor Orcthane and the late Queen Nurnhilde. He is also Prince Irnskar's father.

The Fractured Spirit of the King

Related Quests[edit]


A Council of Thanes[edit]

You will be asked by Thane Harvald to deliver a package to King Jorunn in the healer's tent.

"I am recovering, but the process is slowr than I'd like."
King Jorunn, Thane Harvald asked me to give you this.
"I don't have to open this. I know that Harvald is concerned about Irnskar. Assure him that I'm well enough to guide my son and my kingdom.
Tell Harvald that I will talk to him later."

In the middle of the war council, King Jorunn will emerge from the healer's tent.

Prince Irnskar: "Father! You honor us! I'm glad to see you up and aroun."
Jorunn the Skald-King: "My brother seeks to pull my sister's soul from Sovngarde. The Crown of Freydis will see the soul, not the man."
General Yeveth Noramil: "It's good to see you well, Jorunn. We've been discussing how to approach Skuldafn."
Thane Jeggi Gap-Tooth: "Yes, yes. We discuss and we strategize while Fildgor digs in and strengthens his defenses."
Thane Oda Wolf-Sister: "So, have we come to any conclusions?"
Eyes-of-Steel: "The Stormfists have fortified the primary path to the dragonshrine. A frontal assault would take time that we may not have."
Jorunn the Skald-King: "Time is a luxury we don't possess. If Fildgor completes this ritual, all is lost."
General Yeveth Noramil: "That's why you wanted to see those scouting reports! You think there's another way into Skuldafn."
Jorunn the Skald-King: "There is always another way. Champion, may we speak?"
"Well met, my courageous friend! The time of our victory is at hand!"
You wanted to speak to me?
"Yes. Thank you for all you've done, but your skills are needed again.
Our troops will begin the assault on Skuldafn, but we need a faster approach to reach Fildgor."
General Yeveth mentioned scouting reports?
"Yes. We have several of our best scouts searching the area.
Thane Mera found something in the hills, north of here. Those Dragonshrines are rife with passages and secret entrances."
And that's where I come in.
"Good. Make sure the way is clear for our assault. Speak to General Noramil. He's been coordinating our efforts to scout the area for another way in.
The Ebonheart Pact stands together to defeat the Orcthane!"

Songs of Sovngarde[edit]

"The Stormfists were panicked by the raging fires. We cut through their ranks as quickly as we could, but I'm afraid we were too late.
Tell me ... my sister ...?"

If you killed Fildgor in Sovngarde:

Fildgor is dead. I saved your sister's spirit and the Crown of Freydis.
"Nurnhilde is safe and my brother … dead? I am all that remains of our family. My brother was honorable, if misguided. Despite his crimes, he will receive a royal burial.
I will mourn later. Now, there is business to attend to."

If you spared Fildgor:

Your sister's spirit and the Crown are safe. Fildgor awaits your judgment.
"I almost wish Fildgor had not survived his encounter with you. Now I must deal with my own brother.
And there's only one possible punishment for treason."
[Persuade]Fildgor could prove useful to the Pact.
"Such a shrewd, calculating proposal. It's not the Nord way, but the idea has merit. If we could make him work with us, think of what we could accomplish.
And, I confess, it would break my heart to put my brother to death. Thank you for your counsel."
Jorunn the Skald-King: ""
Fildgor brought this on himself, King Jorunn.
"True. But I find no joy in ending my own brother's life.
Move back and let me get this damnable duty over with."
Jorunn the Skald-King: "Brother. Why did it come to this?"
Fildgor Orcthane: "I was wrong, brother. Please, spare me. I am capable of helping you!"
Jorunn the Skald-King: "No, brother. I know all too well what you are capable of. The King's judgment stands."
<Jorunn kills Fildgor>
Jorunn the Skald-King: "May the spirits forgive you, Fildgor, for I have not."

Then, the Great Moot begins at the summit of Skuldafn.

Jorunn the Skald-King: "Esteemed allies. I stand before my ancestors, at this holy dragonshrine, to seal our pact for the greater good."
Eyes-of-Steel: "I stand on this mountain to proclaim how far the Argonians have come from the swamps of Black Marsh. In the name of my people, I add my voice to form this Ebonheart Pact."
General Yeveth Noramil: "I represent the Dunmer and the Tribunal. I stand on this frigid rock to affirm our place in the Ebonheart Pact. I fervently hope we can move this along, because it's freezing up here."
Jorunn the Skald-King: "The Nords offer the Crown of Freydis. This symbol of power and wisdom provides the Pact with the strength and authority of our Nord ancestors."
General Yeveth Noramil: "The Dunmer offer the Judgement of Veloth, an artifact of ancient magic. This provides the Pact with our skills and the blessing of the Tribunal."
Eyes-of-Steel: "The Argonians offer the Mnemic Egg, sacred symbol of birth and life, thus granting our wisdom and memories of the Hist to the Pact. With these offerings, the Pact is sealed. Let our nations become one."
General Yeveth Noramil: "Further, the Dunmer call for a single leader to hold this pact together. We believe Skald-King Jorunn is the one to lead us. We believe Skald-King Jorunn is the one to lead us!"
Jorunn the Skald-King: "Let our enemies tremble at our combined might. I accept the role of High King of the Ebonheart Pact. We have much to discuss here. Please, Champion, return to Jorunn's Stand and tell my son what has transpired."

You can speak to him after the Great Moot. His dialogue changes depending on your choice during the quest.

If you had Jorunn execute Fildgor:

"The Ebonheart Pact is sealed and this threat to Skyrim has ended.
Please, go and tell my son. Tell him that the battle is won and ... tell him about Fildgor."

If you spared Fildgor:

"We are victorious and the Ebonheart Pact is sealed.
Go, inform my son that the battle is won. Have him prepare to take Fildgor to prison."

Messages Across Tamriel[edit]

During Messages Across Tamriel you may have to speak with Skald-King Jorunn to convince him to attend the meeting between the alliances on Stirk. When you approach his agents will warn you off before Jorunn waves them away.

Thrush: "Watch yourselves, outsiders. Give us a good reason, and the Armigers will cut you down where you stand!"
Hopper: "We'll burn you …."
Longfin: "Freeze you …."
Scathecraw: "And shatter you."
Thrush: "Any questions? I didn't think so."
Jorunn the Skald-King: "Silence, Thrush! Master Galerion, please continue."
Vanus Galerion: "My companion hopes to speak with you about the impending Coldharbour crisis."
Jorunn the Skald-King: "I have heard tales of this one. The Skald-King favors the bold, even among his enemies! Come, champion. let us speak."

You can then approach him.

"I will stay your execution since you came all this way. But choose your words carefully. I'm not a patient king."
Thank you for speaking with me, Honored Skald-King.
"Yes, well, I am both suspicious and curious. If you are an assassin, though, get on with it. But remember this: you're coming to Sovngarde with me!"
You don't fear death?
"To fear death is to fear life! I am Nord. When my time comes, I will embrace it. Sovngarde will be glorious! No meetings, no schemes!
But you're not here to talk philosophy. What do you want?"
It's time to take the offensive against Molag Bal.
"Who? The three alliances? Has magical travel rattled your brain?
Speak plainly. What do you ask of me?"
I propose a moot. A meeting of all three alliance leaders on the island of Stirk.
"Where the All-Flags Army was born …? Hmm. If the other leaders agree, I will attend. If nothing else, it should make a good story.
Now leave me before my dinner gets cold."

Weight of Three Crowns[edit]

Once the meeting between the leaders starts, it rapidly becomes clear it won't remain civil and is halted shortly after.

Queen Ayrenn: "We must put aside our differences and work together or this assault is doomed from the start."
High King Emeric: "How do we know this isn't a ruse? A clever plan to divert out forces while your armies take the Imperial City?"
Jorunn the Skald-King: "I thought backstabbing was your favorite tactic, Emeric!"
Queen Ayrenn: "Please! Are you both so arrogant? Your weapons are children's toys compared to the horrors that Molag Bal commands!"
High King Emeric: "I will not wager the future of my people on the word of snow barbarian and an adolescent female. I fear for Tamriel's future if either of you were to sit upon the Ruby Throne!"
Jorunn the Skald-King: "Since when do you care about your people? You never lift a finger except to count your gold!"
Vanus Galerion: "Please, my lords! This bickering is pointless!"
Jorunn the Skald-King: "What a waste of time!"
<Jorunn goes back to his camp.>
Queen Ayrenn: "Obstinate fools, both of you!"
<Ayrenn returns to her camp.>
High King Emeric: "What a mess. Apologies, Vanus, but I'm going to check on my Lion Guard."
<Emeric leaves for his camp.>

In the end, all three have retreated back to their camps. At this point you get the idea to convince the leaders to allow the neutral Guilds to fight in Coldharbour instead. Jorunn's dialogue will differ depending on your alliance.

If you are Pact:


If you are Covenant, he is immediately dismissive of you. But you can convince him by appealing to his pride.

"Save your breath. I will not be swayed by Emeric's lapdog."
We need to cooperate.
"What about the war in Cyrodiil? If I commit troops to this invasion, the Pact will be vastly outnumbered there."
What if we send the guilds to Coldharbour?
"Bah. Wizards and mercenaries? Against the Daedric hordes? Without the Ebonheart Pact, they do not stand a chance!"
[Intimidate] Do you want history to remember you as the king who surrendered to Molag Bal?
"How dare you! I should kill you where you stand!
History will remember the Skald-King as the Bane of Molag Bal! I will support your foolish plan. Now get out of my sight!"
I don't see any other options.

If you are Dominion: (?)

Jorrun versus Sormorask

Soon the island will come under attack by the Daedric forces of Molag Bal, with the most powerful focusing on the leaders. The Skald-King will be squaring off against the Titan Sormorask. Once the titan is defeated, Jorunn will mourn his guards: "My guards … all dead …."

Once the Daedra have been repelled, Vanus Galerion and Countess Hakruba will call out to the leaders, trying to convince them that there is no more time to waste.

Vanus Galerion: "Honored leaders! You have seen the face of our enemy!"
Vanus Galerion: "Molag Bal threatens every living being in Tamriel! The Mages Guild and the Fighters Guild have agreed to join forces to launch an assault on Coldharbour!"
Countess Hakruba: "Trust in us! Sanction our actions! Give us your blessings! We will not let you down!"
High King Emeric: "Vanus is right. The Guilds are our best and only choice. Send them to Coldharbour!"
Jorunn the Skald-King: "I hate to admit it, but I agree with Emeric."
Queen Ayrenn: "As do I. It appears that much of the distrust between out alliances was sown and nurtured by the God of Schemes."
Countess Hakruba: "Molag Bal thrives on deception and chaos, but if you'll forgive me, this Alliance War is of your own making."
Vanus Galerion: "Countess Hakruba. Gather the surviving members of both Guilds in the Stirk Interior. The champion and I will go there new to open the portal."
Countess Hakruba: "We'll be right behind you, Vanus."
<Vanus begins to head towards the valley.>
Vanus Galerion: "The time has come, Champion."
Countess Hakruba: "Let's go!"

Jorunn will give you some final encouragement as you leave: "Bury an axe in that Daedric bastard!"


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