Brynjolf is a Nord thief, and a member of the Thieves Guild in Riften. He is initially found at a market stall in the center of Riften selling mysterious red elixirs, although he will usually approach you and inform you that he knows you didn't make all of your money legally (or if you don't have much gold on you, will offer you a way to make some). He has a rivalry with fellow merchant Madesi, who doubts Brynjolf's potions are real. Brynjolf will task you with stealing Madesi's ring as an initiation for joining the Thieves Guild. Once you join the Guild, he will move to the guild hall in Riften's Ratway.
Brynjolf will later become a temporary follower, along with Karliah, when hunting for Mercer Frey during the Thieves Guild quest Blindsighted.
Brynjolf wears fine boots, fine clothes, and an Amulet of Articulation, and he carries two daggers and some gold.
 Related Quests
 Combat Dialogue
|Detecting an enemy
||"Come out and face me, you coward!"
||"I can smell your fear."
|Spotting an enemy
||"Finally! Let's end this."
||"There you are!"
|Taunting an enemy
||"My blade thirsts for your blood!"
||"Come on. Show me you've got what it takes!"
|"You just made the last mistake of your life!"
|Losing sight of an enemy
||"Oh come now, resorting to petty tricks are we?"
|Defeating an enemy
||"I think they got the message."
||"Damn, just as I was getting warmed up."
|"I hardly felt a thing."
||"And that's why I'm the best."
|"That's what happens when you cross the Guild."
- Prior to beginning any Thieves Guild missions, Brynjolf is totally invincible when outside in Riften. In fact, the game treats him as a ghost. He takes no damage, regardless of the source, and cannot be staggered or knocked back. Nevertheless, attacking him will cause him to become hostile.
- He is voiced by Robin Atkin Downes.
- There is a rumor that he is having an affair with Tonilia.
- Upon completing the Thieves Guild questline, Brynjolf will constantly repeat the same line of dialogue, and will no longer be open for interaction.