Study Guide

A Wizard of Earthsea Characters

By Ursula K. Le Guin

Ged (Sparrowhawk)

Ged is just like us, if we were super magical wizards with a lot of emotional baggage and...

Ogion the Silent

Ogion is the type of teacher we all want – he doesn't talk a lot, and he lets his students...

Vetch (Estarriol)

Vetch, Ged's BFF, gives Ged magical power over him by sharing his true name, Estarriol. Best...

Yarrow and Murre

If Vetch is in this book to show us how a magician lives when he's not being tortured by his own...

Jasper

How do you know that Ged's main fight will be against himself? Because his main rival in school...

Yevaud the Dragon

There are two important things about Yevaud and you already know both of them: a) Yevaud is a...

The daughter of the lord of Re Albi (Serret)

If Jasper were a girl and met Ged earlier, he would be the daughter of the lord of Re Albi. That...

Benderesk

The only thing – seriously, the only, only, only, only thing – that's interesting...

The man in gray on Orrimy

Chances are you're never going to talk about this guy in class, but we want to be thorough here....

Archmage Nemmerle

Like Ged and Ogion, Nemmerle is from Gont, so he probably has the same brown skin. But he's so...

Archmage Gensher

Gensher provides an interesting contrast to Nemmerle. Compared to Nemmerle, Gensher doesn't seem...

The Nine Masters

1. Master Chanter – who teaches the history songs, including the Creation of Ea, as...

Ged's Aunt

There's a saying in Earthsea: "Weak as woman's magic." Also, "Wicked as woman's magic" (1.19)....

Ged's Father

Ged's father … well, there's not much to say about him. He's a bronze-smith, he doesn't...

Pechvarry, his wife, and their son Ioethe

Ged's time on Low Torning teaches us an important lesson about magic: it's good for stopping...

Some People of Earthsea

There are a lot of people on the islands of Earthsea, but there are four that we think make an...

The two people on the deserted island

We promise we're not going to go through every minor character in the book – we're not...