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"I know this maker's mark - this is Mikken's work."
Eddard Stark asks Arya about Needle[src]

Mikken was the blacksmith at Winterfell. At Jon's request, he forged the sword Needle for Arya.


Season 1

Mikken is seen in the background when Bran is practicing archery while his brothers watch (particularly in the close-up shot of Rickon's laugh). Later, Mikken assembles with the Winterfell household to receive King Robert Baratheon. He stands behind Maester Luwin.[1] Mikken forges the sword, Needle, for Arya.[2] Eddard Stark finds Arya with the sword and recognizes Mikken's maker's mark on it.[3]

Season 2

It is unclear what happened to Mikken after the Sack of Winterfell; it is likely he was killed by Ramsay Bolton's men, as he is never seen again.


Game of Thrones: Season 1 appearances
Winter Is Coming * The Kingsroad * Lord Snow Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things The Wolf and the Lion
A Golden Crown You Win or You Die The Pointy End Baelor Fire and Blood

* Uncredited appearances

Behind the scenes

Mikken is played by Boyd Rankin, who is an armorer and weapon smith for the series.

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Mikken is the blacksmith at Winterfell.

Mikken is one of three people (alongside Alebelly the guard and Septon Chayle) whose deaths are foreseen by Jojen Reed.

Following the fall of Winterfell, it is not Farlen but Mikken who talks defiantly to Theon Greyjoy, although Bran tries to hush him. One of the ironborn beats and kills Mikken for his defiance.

See also