Morpheus Picture

Aneurin Barnard as Morpheus

God of dreams, who takes shape of humans

was the God of Dreams, the one with the amazing ability of appearing in dreams of mortals in any form. As his name implies – the Greek word “morphe” means “form” – he was the one who shaped and formed the dreams.

Morpheus and his two brothers were the sons of Hypnos, the God of Sleep and either Pasithea, the eldest of the Graces or Nyx, the Goddess of Night. They were the nephews of Thanatos, the God of Death. The brothers were winged Daemons. Morpheus is the leader of the Oneiroi, the spirits of Dreams. The Oneiroi work for Hypnos, the God of sleep. They are a set of triplets and are all Gods of dreams. The Oneiroi spend their days sleeping within dark caves in Erebos, the Land of Eternal Darkness, which is located in the underworld. Morpheus sleeps upon a bed of ebony, surrounded by poppies. When evening comes, the brothers soar from their caves and leave Erebos like great bats in the night, flying on their black wings into the mortal realm where they visit people’s dreams. There are two gateways from Erebos. One is a gate made of horn and when the Oneiroi fly through it, they bring prophetic dreams. The other is a gate made of ivory and when they fly through it, they carry meaningless dreams with them.

The Oneiroi consists of Morpheus and his two brothers, Phantosos and Phobetor (also called Icelus). Phobetor is the God of nightmares and a shaper of dreams. From his name we get the word “phobia“. Phobetor is often seen as an animal or a bird when he is in the dream state. Phantosos is a God of fantasy and his dreams are surreal and have deep meaning and insights. Morpheus himself visits dreams, bringing wisdom and guidance. He always appears as a man in dreams and is a master of illusion and the art of mimicking others. Morpheus is able to take the guise of any man and portray them perfectly. Imitating their look, voice, and demeanour precisely. However, Morpheus can only appear as a man and is never seen in any other form. Morpheus brings prophetic dreams from the Gods to Kings, heroes and those in power.

Not much is known of this very elusive God. He is as mysterious as our dreams themselves. One wonders as Morpheus lies upon his bed of Ebony, surrounded by the entrancing narcotic poppy blooms…What does Morpheus dream of?


Charming - Morpheus is not considered to be cold or heartless. In fact, he can be quite charming, he can easily make friends with other Gods and Goddesses, but gets bored quickly with them.

Cowardly - He also show to be very cowardly and he shows that he has no skill when it comes to actual combat.

Manipulative - He can be highly manipulative, and that is aided by his ability to take on other peoples forms.

Sacred Symbols and Animals

Wings - Wings were often featured in the depictions of the god of dreams.

Poppies - According to Greek mythology there was a garden of poppies at the entrance of his palace in the Underworld. Poppies symbolized death, eternal sleep and oblivion.

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Greek Mythology Wiki/Morpheus
Camp Half blood Wiki/Morpheus

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