Rorikstead is a farming town in Whiterun Hold. It is named after the noble Rorik, who owns a 'manor' in the village.
The village claims not to have had a bad harvest in years. It contains several crop fields from which the player may harvest food.
The town is mentioned in the Holdings of Jarl Gjalund, however this seems to be a mistake, as it would make Rorikstead older than Rorik himself. The name, however, may be recent. It is also mentioned in the bard's song Ragnar the Red as the town from which the hero rode to Whiterun. However, the song mentions "ole Rorikstead" which may indicate that the current town is the namesake of an ancient predecessor.
- After the quest Dragon Rising, you are very likely to encounter a dragon attacking Rorikstead. Guards in Whiterun will also reflect upon this, by mentioning how Rorikstead is usually a calm place, but is vulnerable to a dragon attack.
- Atop the hill directly north of the town a Shrine of Akatosh can be found, along with a Dragon Scale and a copy of the book Kolb & the Dragon.
- Lokir, one of the NPC's in the carriage during the quest Unbound states he is from Rorikstead, but he has no residence, and is not mentioned by anyone in town.