- "No gold!"
- ―Mord to Tyrion
Mord is a recurring character in the first season. He is played by guest star Ciaran Birmingham and debuts in "The Wolf and the Lion." Mord is the turnkey at the Eyrie. He is rewarded by Tyrion Lannister with a pouch of gold when he assists Tyrion in winning his freedom from the cells.
Mord is the gaoler in charge of the sky cells in the Eyrie. He is in the service of House Arryn. He is slow witted and follows the orders of his "betters." He is not so slow that he does not recognize opportunity when it is presented and he is the only reason Tyrion was able to make his play for freedom.
Tyrion Lannister is given into Mord's redoubtable care whilst a prisoner at the Eyrie. While Tyrion is trapped in the Sky Cells he tries to bargain for his freedom. Mord responds by beating him because he has no money to pay with. With great difficulty, Tyrion manages to bargain with Mord to allow him a fair hearing with Lysa Arryn, under the promise "a Lannister always pays his debts". Tyrion is able to manipulate the situation during his audience with Lysa to demand a trial by combat, which is won in his favor by Bronn. Set free, Tyrion asks for his money-purse back from Rodrik Cassel. As Tyrion turns to leave, true to his word, he tosses the gold-filled purse to Mord, much to Mord's delight.
|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|
Behind the scenes
Actor Peter Dinklage was not wearing padding, and the scene where Mord beats him with a truncheon, even though it was a prop one, left him with bruises.
In the books
In the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, Mord is a petty, dimwitted and cruel man who delights in tormenting prisoners and telling them how they are going to fall out of the cells to their deaths on the rocks six hundred feet below the castle. He took Tyrion's coat when he first got there and the nights are freezing.
Mord is described as very unattractive person: he has small dark eyes, rotting brown teeth. The left side of his face is scarred where an axe cut off his ear and part of his cheek. He has a large belly and thick, stubby-fingered hands. When he briefly appears in A Feast for Crows, the most notable change about him is that he has golden teeth.
"Mord" means "murder" in Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish, though it is uncertain if George R. R. Martin had any knowledge of this when he created the name.
- Mord at A Wiki of Ice and Fire. (spoilers from the books)
|Seat:||The Eyrie||Lands:||The Vale of Arryn|
|Title(s):||Lord of the Eyrie · Lord Paramount of the Vale · Warden of the East|
|Current members:||Lysa Arryn|
|Deceased members:||Jasper Arryn · Jon Arryn · Alys Arryn · Ronnel Arryn|
|Household:||Ser Vardis Egen · Ser Hugh of the Vale · Mord|
|Overlord:||House Baratheon of King's Landing|