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You're lucky I'm saving my energy for the main event, little satyr. I'll just grant you a short nap. Pleasant dreams.

–Morpheus to Grover Underwood, in The Last Olympian

Morpheus is the Greek god of dreams, the son of Hypnos and Pasithea and the leader of The Oneiroi. He is also known as "The Shaper," for being able to change form in peoples dream's with the help of his two brothers. His Roman counterpart is Somnia. His symbols are a closed eye and a dark crown. Mortals call him the "Sandman."

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Battle of the Labyrinth

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Hypnos, his father

Morpheus is mentioned as one of the minor gods who'd gone over to Kronos' side.

The Last Olympian

When Percy Jackson and Nico di Angelo wake Grover Underwood up to get his help to enter the Underworld, Grover tells them what had happened. During June in the woods in Harlem Meer, Grover saw Morpheus. Morpheus, in his words, was scouting the battlefield before the battle, and put Grover to sleep for two months. Later in the book, Morpheus casts a huge sleeping spell (presumably with the help of Hecate) which causes all of the mortals in Manhattan or near the area to fall asleep. This event is described in the third line of the Great Prophecy: "And see the world in endless sleep."

Appearance

Morpheus is described as a tall man in a long black coat. He does not cast a shadow (even at midday) and shimmered as he moved like a mirage. His face cannot be made out, as it shimmers and changes when looked upon because he is the god of Dreams.

Abilities

  • He possesses the standard powers of a god.
  • Hypnokinesis: As the god of dreams, he has divine authority and control over dreams.
    • As the god of dreams, he can make people fall asleep.
    • When looking at his face, it makes the viewer sleep.
    • Whenever he passes humans, the human would pass out, curl up and fall asleep, and after he had gone, they would wake up and act as if nothing had happened.
    • He can send images to humans in dreams.
    • He can shape people's dreams.
    • He was able to put New York to sleep, but he could not do this to the heroes.
    • Like all gods, he has the ability take any human form and appear in dreams.

Somnia

Morpheus' Roman Counterpart is called Somnia. As Somnia, he is more disciplined, warlike, and militaristic. His father, Hypnos, in his Roman aspect, killed those who were not alert at their jobs. With that in mind, it is possible that Somnia also did the same thing or something similar.

Trivia

  • It is not certain if he has any demigod children, however, in The Last Olympian, Percy asked for a cabin to be built for him, like the other minor gods, although it was never mentioned afterwards.
  • Like the other minor gods that had sided with Kronos, he was probably forgiven after the war.
  • Grover (who has the ability to feel when something was wrong in nature) was able to sense him as he made the ground tremble, like something powerful was near.
  • Since the spell he put on Manhattan was unable to affect the demigods fighting against Kronos, it can be presumed that there are no other demigods living in Manhattan. (Unless the spell affected unclaimed demigods or the people who were awake stayed inside.)
  • The drug 'Morphine' is named after him.
  • While Morpheus is the god of dreams, his powers seem to overlap with Hypnos, god of sleep.
  • It is believed that in the Iliad he is spoken as "Oneiros".
  • His Roman name, Somnia, is combined with his father's Roman name, Insomnus, in the sleeping disorder insomnia.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Core Series: The Lightning Thief | The Sea of Monsters | The Titan's Curse | The Battle of the Labyrinth | The Last Olympian
Main Characters: Percy Jackson | Grover Underwood | Annabeth Chase | Tyson | Clarisse La Rue | Thalia Grace | Nico di Angelo | Chiron | Luke Castellan | Rachel Elizabeth Dare
Minor Characters: Travis Stoll | Connor Stoll | Mrs. O'Leary | Silena Beauregard | Charles Beckendorf | Sally Jackson | Paul Blofis | Blackjack | Zoë Nightshade | Bianca di Angelo | Juniper | Michael Yew | Ethan Nakamura
Olympian Gods: Zeus | Hera | Poseidon | Demeter | Ares | Athena | Apollo | Artemis | Hephaestus | Aphrodite | Hermes | Dionysus | Hades | Hestia
Minor Gods: Amphitrite | Ariadne | Hecate | Iris | Janus | Morpheus | Nemesis | Pan | Persephone | Triton
Titans: Kronos | Atlas | Calypso | Iapetus | Krios | Hyperion | Oceanus | Prometheus
Related Content: Rick Riordan | The Lightning Thief (film) | The Sea of Monster (film) | The Demigod Files | Demigods and Monsters | The Ultimate Guide | The Heroes of Olympus

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