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Major Characters from the Dragonriders of Pern Novels

Characters in the Dragonriders of Pern series of fantasy novels by Anne McCaffrey.

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.



8th Interval, 9th Pass

Major characters

Other Dragonriders


This is the term used for those from 400 Turns past called by Lessa and Ramoth into the present Turn. Some of them were exiled to the Southern Continent because they were unable to accept the leadership of the current-day Riders.

Other Craftspeople

Other Holders

Earlier Periods


(Rider first, dragon second)

At the time of Impression, male dragonriders' names are shortened with an apostrophe. This follows an old tradition of shortening names, as it's easier for Wingleaders to shout the shortened names of their riders when commanding them as they fly threadfall. As an example, Felessan became F'lessan at his impression.

Most girls will only Impress gold queens, with the exception of a few female greenriders, such as Mirrim, and queens fly in a wing of their own, with agenothree tanks to sear Thread from the skies. Thus, female dragonriders do not shorten their names as a rule.

When asked why all dragons' names end in th, Anne McCaffrey facetiously replied, "Dragons have forked tongues. They lisp"; Pernese dragons have no vocal cords, and speak only telepathically.


The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Dragonflight | Dragonquest | The White Dragon
Dragonsong | Dragonsinger | Dragondrums
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern | Nerilka's Story | Dragonsdawn | Renegades of Pern | All The Weyrs of Pern| The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall | The Dolphins of Pern | Dragonseye |
The Masterharper of Pern | The Skies of Pern
Dragon's Kin | Dragonsblood | Dragon's Fire