The prince of Enlad. Arren is a victim of the madness that has been spreading throughout the world of Earthsea. His madness gives him power but saps away his control and reason. While not affected by it, he is somewhat reserved and quiet. He leaves Enlad early on in the film to travel.
A young farm girl. Therru was abused by her parents and then abandoned. She eventually found Tenar, who now takes care of her. She has been with Tenar for 5 years. Therru is good with animals. She has a high esteem for all life and can’t stand anyone who doesn’t care about it.
The Archmage, the greatest wizard of all. Sparrowhawk is very kind and noble. He knows a little bit about everything and a lot about many things. He is humble, however, and never treats anyone as an inferior.
An evil wizard. Lord Cob is unfeeling and malicious. He wants to undo the balance of the world in order to gain immortality, and is more than willing to go to any lengths to do it. He is nearly as powerful as Sparrowhawk, only more willing to use that power. He is responsible for much of the trouble going on in the world of Earthsea.
A witch who is friends with Sparrowhawk. Tenar is friendly and hospitable. She lives with Therru on her animal ranch. Tenar used to be not be as good as she is now, but Sparrowhawk rescued her and showed her the light. She has known Sparrowhawk since before he became Archmage, and is one of the few who knows his true name, Ged.
Lord Cob’s personal servant. Hare is a slave capturer, kidnapping anyone who is alone and selling them to slave traders. He thoroughly enjoys his job and commands a few men to help him get as many slaves as possible. Being Lord Cob’s personal servant does not make Hare immune to Lord Cob’s punishments, which are extreme. He is crafty, but not especially smart.
Dragons normally live far away from humans in the world of Earthsea. But lately they have been seen much closer to human settlements and acting violently.
The king of Enlad. Arren’s father is a wise king well liked by his subjects. He has many advisers to help him make important decisions.
One of the king’s wizards. Root is older and wiser than most of the king’s other advisers. The king goes to him with questions about magic. It is Root who explains the nature of the kingdom’s latest problems, although he doesn’t know why it has become that way.
A former sorceress who has lost her power. Many witches and wizards have lost their abilities lately, and have turned to less honorable jobs, such as selling fake cloth.
Hazia is a hallucinogenic drug that is become more and more popular in Earthsea. It creates a euphoric feeling in its users, but it doesn’t last long and will eventually cause death. This particular hazia salesman gives out free samples, hoping to attract new addicts.