Rorikstead is a small settlement and is part of the Hold of Whiterun and as such is patrolled by Whiterun Guards. It is the furthest settlement from Whiterun along western border near The Reach. The stead was founded by Rorik, a former soldier in the Imperial Army, after he was severely wounded in battle. The settlement consists of two cottages, an inn and a manor.
Rorikstead also has two farms: Cowflop Farm is run by Ennis, who tends to the farm with the help of Reldith; the other farm is run by Lemkil, who tends to the farm alone. Lemkil's two young daughters, Sissel and Britte, do not help with the farm, much to the chagrin of Lemkil.
The town is mentioned in the bard's song "Ragnar the Red".