Can I help Madanach and still become Thane of Markarth? I realize that these seem mutually exclusive, but I was wondering if you could gain/regain Jarl Igmund's trust.


That quest doesn't actually have an impact on whether you can become Thane or not. Speak to the jarl and he will likely give you a quest that will lead you to thanedom. You can see requirements for being a thane at UESP.

  • You are correct, it just took a while to prove. Igmund would not give me the "Find Hrolfdir's Shield" until the civil war was over. – user273 Jan 27 '14 at 4:20

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