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

Mikken is 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 Jon Snow to give to his sister, Arya Stark.[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, but he was most likely killed by Ramsay Bolton's men as he is never to be seen again.


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

*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. It was not Farlen the kennelmaster but he that talked defiantly to Theon Greyjoy. One of the ironborn beat and killed Mikken for his defiance.

See also


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Lord: Jon Snow Heir: Sansa Stark
Seat: Winterfell Lands: The North
Title(s): Lord Paramount of the North · Warden of the North · Lord of Winterfell

As independent kingdom: King in the North

Ancestors:Brandon the Builder · Brandon the Breaker · Dorren Stark · Rickard Stark · Rodrik Stark · Karlon Stark · Theon Stark · Osric Stark · Torrhen Stark · Cregan Stark
Current members:Arya Stark · Bran Stark
Deceased members:Rickard Stark · Brandon Stark · Lyanna Stark · Eddard Stark · Robb Stark · Talisa Stark · Catelyn Stark · Rickon Stark · Benjen Stark
Household:{Maester Luwin} · {Ser Rodrik Cassel} · {Jory Cassel} · {Vayon Poole} · Jeyne Poole · {Septa Mordane} · {Old Nan} · {Hodor} · {Farlen} · {Mikken} · {Osha} · Meera Reed · {Jojen Reed} · Brienne of Tarth · Podrick Payne · Davos Seaworth · Maester Wolkan