Skyrim: Hearthfire – Stewards List

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Building a house isn’t easy, neither is furnishing and improving it; which is what the new Hearthfire expansion is all about. Once you’ve got a sufficiently large home, you can hire a random Steward to bring in furniture, hire a carriage and bard, or bring you more building materials. It all costs money, and a lot of money, so why not save yourself some scratch by asking a loyal follower to become your Steward instead of hiring some random mercenary? Below we’ve got an expanding list of all known Followers that can become Stewards in Hearthfire.

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Home Stewards Guide

Before you get a Steward, learn how to get started on the home of your dreams with our Home-Building or Home-Buying guides.

  • Stewards can only be appointed in the new Hearthfire plots in The Pale, Hjaalmarch, and Falkreath.
  • Once you’ve finished the Small House and constructed a Main Hall, you’ll be able to appoint a Steward.
  • To appoint a Steward, lead your Follower, or a random Hireling, to your home. They’ll mention you may need a Steward. Speak with them to seal the deal.

Stewards Appointed from Followers

Incomplete List

  • Rayya (NEW Hearthfire NPC – Falkreath Housecarl – New Marriage Option: Get the details here.)
  • Gregor (NEW Hearthfire NPC – The Pale Housecarl)
  • Faendal
  • Calder
  • Valdimar (NEW Hearthfire NPC – Hjaalmarch Housecarl)
  • Lydia
  • Mjoll the Lioness
  • (Glitchy)

  • Aela the Huntress (Glitched)
  • Roggi Knot Beard
  • Erik the Slayer (Glitched)
  • Iona
  • Eola
  • Onmund
  • Annekke Crag-Jumper
  • Brelyna Maryon
  • Uthgerd the Unbroken
  • Jordis
  • Vilkas
  • Agmaer (Dawnguard)
  • Beleval (Dawnguard)
  • Durak (Dawnguard)
  • Ingjard (Dawnguard)
  • Celann (Dawnguard)
  • Brelyna Marion
  • Belrana
  • Derkeethus (Possibly Glitched)
  • Sven
  • Marcurio
  • Njada Stonearm
  • Ria
  • Golldir
  • Illia
  • Belrand
  • Adelaisa Vendicci
  • Ghorbash the Ironhand
  • Lob
  • Ogol

Followers Confirmed Unable to Become Steward

Incomplete List

  • Serana
  • Cicero
  • Benor
  • Kharjo
  • Janessa
  • Erandur
  • Borgakh the Steel Heart
  • Argis the Bulwark
  • Aranea
  • Ahtar
  • Farkas
  • Stenvar
  • Vorstag

Found more Followers not on our list? Leave us a comment!

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51 Comments on Skyrim: Hearthfire – Stewards List


On September 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Iona – the Riften houecarl


On September 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Can Serana be a Steward?


On September 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Belrand offered to be my steward, but I didn’t accept immediately. He hasn’t offered again, nor does the option to appoint him appear. So, beware of that.


On September 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Orumund the Mage from the college


On September 6, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Orumund the Mage

Kevin Thielenhaus

On September 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

@Roary and Theresa,

Thanks! All three are now added!


On September 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Name: aranea, finish the quest the black star
Name: Ahthor the Jailer / the helgen headsman, Favor Follower
and the list goes on; I recommend that if anyone has a skyrim game book
special edtion or the prima paper back version the follower section starts on page 62 and
ends on page 66 in the training chapter.


On September 6, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Brelyna Maryon, also from the College.


On September 6, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I got the sword maiden housecarl from the solitude house.


On September 7, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I brought Mjoll to my house and she hasnt offered and i cant ask her. Only Lydia has offered but i don’t want her. Anyone help?

Kevin Thielenhaus

On September 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm


I’ve read people have been able to get Mjoll to offer, while others have had a hard time convincing her. She may only work on certain plots.


Unfortunately, Serana is confirmed to not work.


On September 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Ingjard is a member of the Dawnguard and can be used as a steward


On September 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Ingjard is a member of the Dawnguard and can be used as a follower and Steward.


On September 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Have you thought about making a list of the followers that DON’T work as well? My husband and I have tried several followers to no avail… Frustrating, to say the least lol.


On September 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Hypothetically the steward list should at least in part be governed by the voice actors who have laid down the appropriate tracks. Any follower played by Claudia Christian, for example should be available as a steward. The same goes for any follower played by a house carl voice actor as well. Unfortunately, Serana is not included on this list, since to my knowledge the actress who plays her did not play any other character.


On September 9, 2012 at 9:39 am

Sven is also a possible steward


On September 10, 2012 at 10:23 am

Derkeethus, the argonian from Darkfall Cave, is an excellent choice for egg-brothers and sisters. However, rescuing him sometimes brings on a glitch where he will not leave the cave and only follow you within close proximity.

Kevin Thielenhaus

On September 10, 2012 at 7:41 pm


That’s a very good idea! We’ll update the page with a list of confirmed followers that we know don’t work. Thanks!


On September 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I could not get J’zargo to offer.

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On September 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Mjoll does not work at any of the houses for me. Has anyone actually confirmed her working at all?


On September 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

Llia will become a steward, but she will not become a follower again


On September 16, 2012 at 12:25 am

Golldir, the follower from Hillgrund’s Tomb became my steward first try. You have to go to Hillgrund’s Tomb NW of Ivarstead and do the Ancestral Worship quest. After you leave and come back he’ll be outside and willing to be a follower, then a steward. I have him in Morthal, he’s been great. So far no glitches.


On September 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Vorstag – Can’t become a steward


On September 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

You forgot Marcurio, from Riften. He can be a steward


On September 22, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I did aela before i knew she was glitched HELP I CAN’T GET A NEW ONE PLEASE!!!


On September 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Please help i need to get rid of aela some how to get a new steward PLEASE HELP


On September 25, 2012 at 7:14 am

Can you marry someone in the list and make them a steward?


On October 6, 2012 at 4:51 am

where can i find raya


On October 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Derkeethus is elgible to be a steward? How? Because every other site is telling me otherwise. If he actually can become a steward, I’d love to know how.


On November 3, 2012 at 9:09 am

Can a dark brotherhood initiate be a steward?


On November 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm

You missed all of the other College apprentices and all of the other Companions. And there are a bunch of orcs in each stronghold. Also, can you please try to either put it in alphabetical order, or under subheadings of which factions they’re in?


On November 5, 2012 at 10:56 am

Marcurio the mage you can hire in Riften. He’s a little glitchy, though.


On November 12, 2012 at 7:28 am

I hired Sven from Riverwood as my steward. You can either favor Faendal or Sven in their quest over gaining Camillas favor in their love triangle quest, (I favored Sven cause he’s hot). I see Faendal is on this list so I thought I’d let everyone know Sven is also a possibility, just depends on which dude you side with in helping one or the other to win Camillas “love”


On November 12, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Faendal lead bandits to my house one night and tried to kill me. I had to kill him after I killed all the rest of the bandits as he would not stop attacking me. I also noticed a nicely enchanted Orcish shield and my Blade of Woe went missing while he was my steward. Beware. Some stewards are thieves!


On November 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Ria in the companions works fine. There are a couple others in the guild that aren’t on the list. But they, just like ria, simply have the “follow me I need your help” speech option.


On January 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm

do u know what ‘unable’ means? Serana is under the list of people that CAN’T be a steward, its the last list right above this conversation…


On February 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

Mjoll the Lioness won’t work for me, and I really wanted her for my family house. She has a lovely voice and I was imagining her reading bedtime stories to my kids. *sigh* Oh well, I’m off to find another mothery type follower!


On March 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Celann of Dawnguard can be a steward

Kevin Thielenhaus

On March 27, 2013 at 9:44 am


The name has been added. Thanks!

travis smith

On April 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

jzargo is not in the list

travis smith

On April 7, 2013 at 3:44 pm

i count 3 vanilla followers missing(including the dark brotherhood initiate)

Kevin Thielenhaus

On April 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

@Travis Smith,

This is just a list of characters that can become stewards, we’ve got a whole different list of followers! As far as I’m aware, J’zargo cannot become a personal steward. Unless there was a change in the newest update, I’ve read that he’s a no-go.

Please let us know if that’s been changed! Thanks for the comments.


On June 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Cicero would be a hilarious steward! It’s a shame he’s unavailable…


On July 12, 2013 at 9:56 am

Illidia, a mage who WAS part of a witch coven can become a steward if you help her destroy the witches and her mother. I think she is at the Brood Covern, but I don’t know. All i remember is it was an abandoned castle/ fort I found her at.


On July 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

What about uthgerd and J’zargo? Do they work?

Kevin Thielenhaus

On July 22, 2013 at 12:25 pm


I just gave it a try, and here’s what I got:

Uthgerd: Yep!
J’zargo: Nope


On December 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm

J’zargo wasn’t listed. He cannot be a steward, so don’t try. Also, if anyone knows of any good male mage followers that can be a steward, please let me know. Thanks!


On January 15, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Teldryn Sero can’t be one. He’s from Dragonborn DLC

Tyber Zann

On January 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Has anyone tried using the NPC editor on PC to create a steward from scratch? I don’t have much free time and will try eventually, but it would awefully convenient. Someone mentioned something about voice actors, whoever has dialogue recorded for stewardship, and it makes sense, so maybe any created NPC who has the same voice assigned as another eligible Steward would work. Worth a shot.
I realize there’s plenty of options umong the existing NPCs, but from a story perspective, I’d feel bad snatching someone away from their career as a mage or mercenary to make them my property manager. I mean, if u could just recruit some hobo off the street it would make his year, he’d probly be really enthusiastic about it. But in stead its like, “Brelyna, I know ur about to get ur tenure at the mage college, but I really need someone to clean my house. Come on.”
Plus u could make some crazy lookin stewards with the freedom of the NPC editor (custom colours and whatnot).
Anyway, I will let u all know when and if I get around to creating a steward. If anyone with more free time gives it a shot, let me know. Cheers.


On August 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm

What about Faendal? :(

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