How do you tell people that you're friends – a note on Facebook or in a yearbook? In A Wizard of Earthsea, characters tell each other that they're really good friends by revealing their true names. That's pretty serious – after all, sending someone a BFF text doesn't give them magical power over you, whereas telling someone your true name in Earthsea sure does. So friendship is kind of a big deal in A Wizard of Earthsea, particularly because Ged is so bad at making friends. He has that in common with a lot of young literary heroes, it seems – people at Hogwarts are a little weirded out by Harry Potter and the staff at Battle School keeps the other student envious of Ender Wiggin. That's two reasons why friendship is important in Earthsea: 1) it's extra meaningful when magic's involved; and 2) it's super hard when you're a young kid with a lot of power and a good dose of pride.