Study Guide

The Left Hand of Darkness Characters

By Ursula K. Le Guin

Genly Ai

Okay, we don't mind admitting that we've got our full-on nerd badges as long-time Star Trek fans....

Therem Harth re ir Estraven

Estraven is Ai's secret friend and helper. He starts off the book as Prime Minister of Karhide...

King Argaven

As a character, Argaven serves as a foil for many characters, most notably Ai and Estraven....

Faxe the Weaver

Faxe is the Foreteller or Weaver of the Ariskostor Fastness and a leader in the Handdara...

Pemmer Harge rem ir Tibe

Tibe is Estraven's political opponent. After Estraven is sent into exile, he succeeds as Prime...

Minor Characters (Main Story)

Plot-wise the Landlady doesn't have much going for her. She rents a room to Ai during his first...

Minor Characters (Supplemental Chapters)

The tragic brothers and lovers of Chapter 2: The Place Inside the Blizzard. Hode commits suicide...