also known as Roland the Elder in the original version of The Gunslinger.
He is the twenty-ninth generation descendant of Arthur Eld
, through Emmanuelle Deschain
and was a member of the Tet of the Gun He was the "dinh" of the City of Gilead
and leader of the gunslingers, prior to revolution led by John Farson
and was the last Lord of Light carrying the Horn of Eld
He is tall and thin with a heavy handlebar moustache and rarely shows his emotion, although it is clear he is deeply attached to his son Roland. He often says to his closest companions he could not survive the death of his son. Until his son, Steven was the youngest ever to best his instructor being sixteen at the time.
An assassination attempt was once made on his life by someone bearing the same tattoo as the Big Coffin Hunters. At some point before Roland fulfilled the test of manhood, he is said to have been in the west in Cressia pursuing the evil of Farson. When he returns he orders the arrest of Marten Broadcloak, however Marten escapes. (Read More...)