Did Hermes Care About Luke?

Luke Castellan was a prominent character in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. He was initially a friend of Percy’s but later turned against him and joined forces with Kronos, the Titan lord. Throughout the series, it was unclear whether Hermes, Luke’s father, cared about him or not.

Who is Hermes?

Hermes is known as the Greek god of commerce, thieves, travelers, sports, and border crossings. He is usually depicted as a young man wearing a winged hat and sandals. Hermes is also one of the twelve Olympian gods and one of Zeus’s sons.

Relationship between Luke and Hermes

Luke Castellan was Hermes’ son. However, their relationship wasn’t always perfect.

Luke felt neglected by his father because he was always away on business trips. In The Sea of Monsters, Luke reveals to Percy that he never received any letters or gifts from his dad while attending Camp Half-Blood.

Hermes’ Actions

Despite their strained relationship, there were several instances where Hermes showed that he cared about Luke. In The Battle of the Labyrinth, Hermes sends Percy on a mission to retrieve an item that can help defeat Kronos. However, it turns out that the item belongs to Luke and Percy must convince him to give it up.

Later in the same book, when Percy confronts Hermes about why he never contacted Luke when he needed him most, Hermes admits that he made some mistakes as a father but still loves his son.


In conclusion, while their relationship may have been rocky at times, it’s clear that Hermes cared about Luke. Despite being busy with his responsibilities as a god and messenger of Zeus, he still made efforts to help his son in times of need and expressed his love for him when confronted about their relationship.