Related to this question: How do I become a Thane?

For at least one of the locations you need to buy a house before you can become Thane, so what is the benefit of becoming a Thane?

  • For at least Riften, Solitude, and Markarth you have to buy the house before you can become Thane.
    – agf
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 11:44

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As Thane, you'll have a Housecarl appointed who can act as your companion. Additionally, the guards can be convinced to overlook a variety of crimes if reminded of your station.

You'll also be given a pretty decent levelled magic weapon on being named Thane.

  • Does the "convincing" only work once per city, or is their some sort of time limit on it? Commented Oct 7, 2013 at 3:10
  • @VanBuzzKill yes only for once in each hold.
    – Jim Jones
    Commented Oct 31, 2015 at 3:24

You will receive the privilege of buying a house in some cities, if I'm not mistaken.

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    Actually, buyinng a house is generally a requirement for becoming a Thane, not the other way around.
    – Ben Blank
    Commented Dec 8, 2011 at 15:33
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    This is true only for Whiterun!
    – spauny
    Commented Dec 12, 2011 at 12:16
  • Everybody knows that so -2.
    – Jim Jones
    Commented Oct 31, 2015 at 3:25

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