Jarl Balgruuf the Greater is the Jarl of Whiterun, and is considered by most to be an honorable warrior who serves his people with his heart and soul. He is one of the first to discover the Dragonborn and point him or her to High Hrothgar, home of the Greybeards.
An admirer of the Greybeards, Balgruuf has journeyed to High Hrothgar in his youth and reveals that he had attempted to learn the Thu’um, only to fail in the end.
During the Skyrim civil war, the warring factions of the Stormcloaks and the Legion see Whiterun’s central position in Skyrim as a strategic advantage in which both sides are attempting to gain him as an ally. While Balgruuf explains he is simply neutral, it is revealed he is more sympathetic towards theEmpire and is against Ulfric Stormcloak’s forces. When removed as Jarl of Whiterun, he can be found in the Blue Palace in Solitude.