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kmalone614 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, like in all of Greek mythology, Hermes plays the role of messenger. This is particularly important in this book because there are humans (more accurately, part-humans) who need to be communicated to by the gods. Hermes is the one to whom they all turn.

Even for Percy to be able to communicate with his father, Poseiden, god of the sea, Hermes must be called upon to bring messages back and forth. Hermes is also particularly helpful to Percy during his defeat of Procrustes.

kalick eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hermes is the messenger of the gods.  He delivers messages from the gods on Mt. Olympus to Percy.

schmiaah | Student

Hermes is tradiotonally the messanger of the gods, which holds true in The Lightning Thief.  What is more apparent in the book is the fact that Hermes is also the god of thievery and trickery.  Hermes is Luke's father and the Hermes' cabin is accepting of any demi-god that has not been identified.

renna | Student

he is the messenger of gods, and also Luke's father.

parama9000 | Student

He is the messenger of the gods and he is the ear of Zeus.

laurto | Student

He is the messenger of the gods. 

hope771 | Student

Hermes is known as the messenger of the gods in The Lightning Thief.


madhaviharikumar | Student

hermes is the messenger of the gods and also lukes father luke hates him .he delivers messages to mount olympus and is the only god that can enter the underworld .he loves his son but does not how to show it we can see that in the second book when he talks to percy.