Study Guide

Horus the Elder

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Often imitated but never duplicated, Horus the Elder was Big Bird long before Sesame Street. But instead of a tall yellow bird with an invisible buddy, he was a giant hawk as big as the entire sky, with the sun and moon for eyes. When the sun and moon were given to other gods who came along, Horus was made second son of the sun-god, Ra. Horus's brother and sister, Osiris and Isis, named their son Horus the Younger after him, and a bunch of other protector gods started calling themselves Horus, too. Apparently lots of gods in Egypt wanted to be the hawk-headed tough guy who kicks evil's butt and keeps everything in order.

Basic Information


Horus the Elder (Haroeris)


Powerful One, Greatly Speckled Hawk, The Boss, Great God of the Winged Disk, Hawkman



Current city


Work & Education


Soldier, fighter, protector


On the battlefield


Political views

Kill 'em all, and let me sort 'em out.

Family & Friends (& Enemies)


Nut (Mom), Geb (Dad), Ra (Stepdad)


My older brother Osiris; my younger brother and twin Seth; my little sister Isis; and my little sister Nephthys.


Ihy (with my smoking hot wife Hathor)


Anubis, Seth, Thoth, the four divisions of Pharaoh's army


Apophis, the giant serpent of chaos. Oh, and all evildoers everywhere.


Relationship status

Married to Hathor. I'm the luckiest god in the world.

Interested in

My wife (and I'm not just saying that)


TV Shows

24 (Jack Bauer is my hero.) 
American Chopper (When I'm not flying in my hawk form, I'm riding.) 
Band of Brothers (Heroes aren't born. They're made.) 


"War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children."
– Jimmy Carter

"No catalogue of horrors ever kept men from war. Before the war you always think that it's not you that dies. But you will die, brother, if you go to it long enough."
– Ernest Hemingway

"I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend."
– J.R.R. Tolkien

"There goes my hero / watch him as he goes."
– The Foo Fighters, "My Hero"

"Bird of prey
flying high
in the summer sky
bird of prey
flying high
gently pass on by"
– Jim Morrison


The Art of War by Sun Tzu (I'd say I wrote the book, but actually, a Chinese guy did.)  
"The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Cannon to the left of them, Horus to the right of them… What? That's not how it goes?) 
Dune by Frank Herbert (Ruling the universe is a thankless job. Godlike powers make it a little easier to handle.)  
Gun: A Visual History by DK Publishing (We didn't have these back in Egypt, but if someone had invented them for us, I would've used them all.) 
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. (Sonnet 43)" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (I love reading this to my wife. Don't you dare laugh. Tough gods can be cuddly.) 
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of fun, but you need to know how to hold on to it. This guy understands that power, violence, and morals don't always get along.) 
Qadesh 1300BC: Clash of the Warrior Kings (Osprey Military Campaign Series) by Mark Healy (I never get tired of hearing about the greatest battle of Egypt's history. Even if Ramses II didn't really win, and asked Amun-Ra for help instead of me, it was a great fight.) 
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (War is hell. Take it from someone who was there.) 
Rock Climbing: Mastering Basic Skills (Mountaineers Outdoor Expert) by Craig Luebben (Need a hobby? Do something that's good for your body and your mind. I like mountains.) 
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Some people take the challenge thing just a little bit too far. It's all in fun, until someone loses their head.) 


Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones (If you're going to fight, you may as well make it catchy.) 
Fight the Power by Public Enemy (It's always right to fight what's wrong.)
Iron Man by Black Sabbath (I dare you to listen to this without singing along to the guitar line as well as the words.) 
Mortal Combat Theme (Remix) by KMFDM 
Street Fighting Man by the Rolling Stones (I really like these guys and their guitars.) 
Swords in the Wind by Manowar (Yeah, it's about the Norse gods, but it's still a great song. Sons of Odin fight to die and live again!) 
We are the Champions by Queen (Stomp your feet and march to victory!) 
Wherever I May Roam by Metallica (I get restless. It's good to have heavy metal on your wanderings.) 


300 (Too bad these guys weren't Egyptian.) 
Live Free or Die Hard (Now this is a cop.) 
Conan the Barbarian (I know there's a newer version. I liked this one better.)
Gladiator (What we do in life, echoes in eternity.) 
Green Lantern (No evil ever escapes my sight. Then again, the Eyes of Horus are probably more powerful than Hal's ring.) 
Iron Man (Red and gold, two of my favorite colors. Nice choice, Tony.) 
All the James Bond movies (The name's Horus. Elder Horus.) 

Activities & Interests


Avenging wrongs
Being a hero
My gorgeous wife


Formula 1 Racing (so much faster than my chariot!)
Ironworking and Blacksmiths
Military history


Ancient Egyptian Gods 
Lord Horus  
The Gods of War 

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