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"Boy, this is the King's Hand! If his Lordship wants the helmet..."
―Tobho to Gendry[src]

Tobho Mott is a master armorer and blacksmith in King's Landing.

Biography

Background

Tobho Mott is a master armorer and blacksmith living in the city of King's Landing. Despite being a foreigner from the Free City of Qohor, he is well-regarded for the quality of his work and has received the patronage of many knights and even some lords. Mott is assisted by his apprentice smith, a young man named Gendry.

Season 1

Eddard Stark learns from Littlefinger that his predecessor Jon Arryn visited Mott several times prior to his death. Eddard goes to question Mott and learns that Arryn displayed a particular interest in Gendry.[1]

Gendry tells Arya that he is an armorer's apprentice, but his master got sick of him, so he ended up at Yoren's caravan; apparently, Gendry is unaware that he was made to leave for the Wall to avoid the upcoming purge of Robert's other bastard children.[2]

Season 2

Mott is forcibly questioned by the gold cloaks about the whereabouts of Gendry. He reluctantly tells Janos Slynt that Gendry joined the Night's Watch and that he can be recognized by the bull-shaped helm he sports.[3]

Season 3

When Gendry mentions to the Brotherhood Without Banners that he apprenticed under Tobho, Thoros noted that Tobho charges double what the other smiths do. Gendry retorts this by saying it is because his work is twice the quality.[4] Later, Gendry says he is done serving men, because Tobho sold him to the Night's Watch.[5]

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Appearances

Season One 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
Season Two appearances
The North Remembers The Night Lands What Is Dead May Never Die Garden of Bones The Ghost of Harrenhal
The Old Gods and the New A Man Without Honor The Prince of Winterfell Blackwater Valar Morghulis

In the books

In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Tobho Mott is a native of the Free City of Qohor who learned to smith there, including the working of the fabled Valyrian steel. He moved to Westeros when younger and has successfully built up his own business thanks to his formidable skills. His armory is a large building at the top of the Street of Steel, impressive in size and outfitting.

Tobho used to scold Thoros about the latter's habit of dousing his blades in wildfire, which subsequently wrecked the steel.

It is not Littlefinger but a potboy, who belonged to Arryn's household, who tells Eddard that Arryn and Stannis visited Mott. Mott tells Ned that they indeed visited his armory, and asked to see Gendry.

When Eddard asks Mott who paid him Gendry's apprentice fee, Mott answers evasively, but eventually admits it was a mysterious lord who did not identify himself that paid him both the apprentice fee and to keep his mouth shut about the youth.

In the books, Mott is not interrogated about Gendry's whereabouts. It is not explained how the Gold Cloaks knew that Gendry was with Yoren's caravan.

Mott, not an unnamed smith from Volantis, is the one who melts Ice to forge two new swords at Tywin's order.

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