Ben Blackthumb

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Alias Old Ben Blackthumb[1]
Culture Rivermen
Born In before 233 AC[2]

Ben Blackthumb is an old blacksmith in the service of Lady Shella Whent of Harrenhal.


Ben is old and hunched.[3]


Ben worked for Lady Shella Whent's father and grandfather, as well as for the last lord of House Lothston.[4]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

After Harrenhal is taken by Lord Tywin Lannister, Ben Blackthumb enters the service of House Lannister.[4] He keeps the swords of the armory locked up.[1]

A Feast for Crows

Ben, Pia, and a cook are the only servants from the time of Lady Shella Whent who remain at Harrenhal when Ser Jaime Lannister returns on his way to lift the siege of Riverrun.[3]


You know old Ben Blackthumb? He came here as a boy. Smithed for Lady Whent and her father before her and his father before him, and even for Lord Lothston who held Harrenhal before the Whents. Now he smiths for Lord Tywin, and you know what he says? A sword's a sword, a helm's a helm, and if you reach in the fire you get burned, no matter who you're serving.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 64, Arya X.
  2. See the Ben Blackthumb calculation.
  3. 3.0 3.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 47, Arya IX.