Those who shirk their duties will get an extra beating. Do I make myself clear?
~ Grelod the Kind
And one more thing! I will hear no more talk of adoptions! None of you riff-raff is getting adopted. Ever! Nobody needs you,nobody wants you. That my darlings is why you are here. Why you will always be here, until the day you come of age and get thrown into that wide, horrible world.
~ Grelod the Kind

Grelod the Kind is a minor villain in The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim


Grelod the Kind is the unscrupulus owner of the Riften Orphanage. She is known for abusing the children both phsyically and verbally. The children are not the only ones to suffer her cruelty. Her assistent, Cosntence Michel (A much kinder woman) often gets yelled at by Grelod, especially when she tries to protect the children. The people of Riften are aware of Grelod's cruelty and call her Grelod the "Kind" out of irony.


One day, a boy named Aventus escaped the orphanage and fled to Windhelm.(Grelod was so angry by his escape another Orphan got extra beatings) There he conducted a Dark Brotherhood ritual in the hopes of killing his hated Matriarch. Eventually he meet the Dragonborn and mistook them for a Dark Brotherhood assassin. Aventus asked the Dragonborn to kill Grelod, and the hero accepted the offer. The Dovakin found Grelod giving the children more Verbal abuse. After she finsihed, the Dovakin entered the room and killed Grelod, much to the happiness of the children.


  • After verbally abusing the children in the assassination quest, Grelod then asks the Children "Now what do you say" The children reply with "We love you Grelod. Thank you for your kindness."
  • Grelod is similar to Miss Hannigan from Annie. Both are the matriarchs of an orphanage and frequently abuse the children.
  • Killing Grelod will not place a bounty on the player and the Riften Guards will say the children are better off without them. Indicated that everyone in Riften dislikes the cruel woman.