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Mord, by Paolo Puggioni © Green Ronin Publishing

Allegiance House Arryn
Culture Valemen

Played by Ciaran Bermingham
TV series Game of Thrones: Season 1

Mord is a gaoler of House Arryn, who is in charge of the upkeep and maintenance of the sky cells of the Eyrie. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones, he is played by Ciaran Bermingham.[1]

Appearance and Character

Mord is a large man, who weighs twenty stone.[2] He has rotting brown teeth, and small dark eyes.[2] The left side of his face is scarred and lopsided from an axe which cut off an ear and part of his cheek.[2][3] Mord has a heavy white belly, and thick fingers.[2]

A brutish man, Mord is fond of tormenting his prisoners, telling them they are going to fall out of the sky cells to their deaths.[2] Tyrion Lannister considers Mord to be an oaf who is often tricked.[2]

Mord's clothes fit poorly and have a rank, ripe smell.[3] He wears steel-toed boots and threatens prisoners with a leather strap[2] and a lash.[3]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

Mord by Jake Murray © Fantasy Flight Games

When Tyrion Lannister is brought up to the Eyrie by Catelyn Stark, Lady Lysa Arryn orders Ser Vardis Egen to have the dwarf thrown into the sky cells. Mord claims Tyrion's magnificent shadowskin cloak. The gaoler repeatedly taunts Tyrion, dropping the prisoner's food over the side on one occasion. Mord beats Tyrion with his leather strap, but Tyrion bribes the turnkey with the promise of gold if Mord tells Lysa that Tyrion wishes to confess his crimes. Mord reluctantly returns the cloak to Tyrion.[4]

Within the High Hall, Tyrion publicly demands trial by combat,[2] and his champion, Bronn, ends up slaying Lysa's representative, Ser Vardis.[5] Before leaving the Eyrie, Tyrion pays Mord his purse of gold, and offers another reward if he ever comes to Casterly Rock.[4]

A Feast for Crows

Mord has capped his teeth with gold.[3][6]

Lord Petyr Baelish has Mord torture Marillion, a prisoner in the sky cells. Fat Maddy states that Mord has removed both pinkies and a ring finger from the singer's hands. Marillion falsely confesses to Lord Nestor Royce that he killed Lysa.[3]

When the Arryn court descends to the Gates of the Moon before the onset of winter, Ser Lothor Brune helps Mord load supplies into buckets in the winch room. Mord is one of the last to leave the Eyrie, as he is tasked with butchering the oxen in the winch room before he leaves.[7]

Quotes by Mord

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, and Ciaran Bermingham as Mord, in Game of Thrones

Mord: Is lie. Dwarf man cheat me.

Tyrion: I will put my promise in writing.
Mord: Writing down gold. Much gold.

Tyrion: Oh, much gold.[2]

—Mord and Tyrion Lannister

Quotes about Mord

The turnkey was twenty stone of gross stupidity, with brown rotting teeth and small dark eyes.[2]

—thoughts of Tyrion Lannister

Behind the Scenes

Mord may be a reference by George R. R. Martin to Mord, a fictitious executioner played by Boris Karloff in the movie Tower of London.