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Prince Arren is the protagonist of the film Tales from Earthsea, a film directed by Goro Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli.


Arren is a quite handsome young boy (by some people) with dark brown hair, dark dark eyes and he usually bears an innocent and pleading look in his eyes, but he can usually be angry.

He wears an old, blue shirt (sometimes with a purple robe with gold edges over the blue shirt, and other times he wears a brown cape over his shirt).


Arren murders his father, the King of Enlad due to a sudden and strange impulse called Uneinheit where he takes his powerful, magic-infused sword. He will come to disarm Sparrowhawk under a spell with this, and later will destroy Lord Cob himself.

After fleeing from the castle, he meets Sparrowhawk, and he stays with him throughout most of the film. Prince Arren has a strong sense of right and wrong, although this is dimmed in the event of implanted rage stealing his heart. Whenever he is prone to this rage, his face shivers and wrinkles, almost as if he is scared of what is about to happen. Being an excellent swordsman, he is a deadly warrior, but is vulnerable when ambushed, a proen when he is captured briefly by Hare and reinforcements while asleep.

Arren throughout the film acts strangely, and in the end the viewers learn that Arren was being semi-controlled by Cob. His guilt and Therru's initial disrespect for him culminates in them only being good friends at the end of the film.

True Name

Lebannen is actually Arren's true name and it seems to be a clue to enslaving him in Cob's case, or awakening him.

  • In the novels, Lebannen was the name of his father.


  • Ged (Wizard): He feels some hate when he saves him, and later he gets to treat him as a teacher or a father figure. The two share a good relationship.
  • Therru: Despite her hating him at first, Arren tries to make her feel comfortable around him. When he was kidnapped, Therru was the one who was more worried than anyone. At the end of the film, the two share romantic feelings for each other.
  • King of Enlad (as he killed): He actually loved his father and he was partly possessed when he stabbed him.



  • Arren is similar to Ashitaka of Princess Mononoke:
    • Both are cursed.
    • Both are blessed with great strength, but they lose control of themselves.