At the tombs of atuan pdf free Ged was given the child-name Duny by his mother. His mother died before he reached the age of one.
As a small boy, Ged had overheard the village witch, his maternal aunt, using various words of power to call goats. Ged later used the words without understanding of their meanings, to surprising effect. The witch knew that using words of power effectively without understanding them required innate power, so she endeavored to teach him what little she knew. After learning more from her, he was able to call animals to him. Particularly, he was seen in the company of wild sparrowhawks so often that his “use name” became Sparrowhawk. By the age of twelve, Ged had learned all the village witch could teach him.
This attack changed Ged’s life forever. When the Kargs attacked, Ged, seeing the doom of his village, used two spells to protect his people from the Kargs. The first spell enveloped the village in a fog that hid the villagers from the Kargs. The second created illusions in the fog. Ged’s need to cover a large area in fog for a long time overspent his strength, leaving him semi-conscious. Ged’s deed and sought him out.