The Dark is Rising Written by Susan Cooper From The Dark Is Rising The Characters Will Stanton The last and youngest of the Old Ones - appears for the first time as the main character in The Dark Is Rising. He appears in each of the following books.
Merriman Lyon The first and oldest of the Old Ones - appears in each of the DR books. Mentor and friend to Will Stanton in The Dark Is Rising and guardian of each of the quests. 'Great Uncle' to the Drew children.
The Lady Matriarch of the Old Ones, The Lady guides and provides inspiration and strength to both Merriman Will Stanton in The Dark Is Rising and appears again in Silver on the Tree.
Hawkin Liege to Merriman in The Dark Is Rising. Fulfils a terrible destiny in this book and is central to one of the most moving scenes in the whole of the series.
The Rider Oldest and most powerful of the masters of the Dark. A malevolent force, he appears in many guises throughout the books.
also known as: The Black Rider, Mr Mitohin Farmer (Frank) Dawson, John (the Smith) Dawson, Old George Old Ones and pivotal figures to Will in the Dark Is Rising.
James, Robin, Max and Paul Stanton Will's brothers. They have in a central role in The Dark Is Rising and again at the start of Silver on the Tree.
Mary and Barbara Stanton Will's sisters. They have a central role in The Dark Is Rising and again at the start of Silver on the Tree.
Roger & Alice Stanton Will's parents who have a large presence in The Dark Is Rising, appearing again in The Grey King and Silver on the Tree.
Stephen Stanton Will eldest brother and hero.