Biographical information
Ethnicity Alethi
Nationality Alethi
Gender Male
Status Alive
Family Hesina (wife), Kaladin (son),
Tien (son), Oroden (son)
Occupation Surgeon
Appears in The Way of Kings,
Words of Radiance (mentioned), Oathbringer

Lirin is a darkeyed Alethi surgeon and citizen of the second nahn in the town of Hearthstone. He is husband to Hesina, and father to Kaladin, Tien and Oroden.


Lirin was described as short and balding. He wore spectacles, which he regarded as his most precious gift and rarely got them out except for surgery[1] or special occasions.


Lirin often is a source of wisdom that influences the way Kaladin chooses to live his life. He refuses to charge for his practice, no matter what, even when he and his family were finding it difficult to get enough food.

Unlike most Alethi men, Lirin believes war is pointless, and that there is more glory to being a surgeon than there is to being a warrior. For example, a conversation between a young 'Kal' and Lirin goes as follows ...

"There are two kinds of people in this world, son. Those who save lives. And those who take lives ... . You can't protect by killing."[1]

Kaladin believes his father to be a stubborn man.[2]


During his youth, Lirin was trained in surgery by Vathe, who had studied in Kharbranth and traveled the world as a courier.[3]

He married Hesina, who proved to be a witty and clever woman, and together they had three sons. Kaladin is the eldest, Tien two years younger, and Oroden currently perhaps year old.[2] All three were raised in the town of Hearthstone.

Lirin was the only surgeon in town. He was assisted by his wife and son, Kaladin. Kaladin showed great talent and Lirin trained him in hope of one day sending him to Kharbranth, there to become a master surgeon.[4]

Lirin had made a hobby of predicting storms mathematically. He'd been able to pick the right day eight times out of ten.[5]

The Way of KingsEdit

Lirin was on good terms with the citylord, Brightlord Wistiow, who gave him an incredible sum in spheres - on permanent loan - for his surgeries.[1] Further, they agreed on a union between Kaladin and Laral Wistiow once each had reached their respective day of majority.

Following the death of Wistiow, Lirin tells Kaladin that Wistiow has left his spheres for his education; that his last wish was for Kaladin to go to Kharbranth to become a true master surgeon,[4] then return to Hearthstone. Later, there were rumors that Lirin acquired those spheres dishonestly.

Brightlord Roshone blames Lirin for the loss of his son, after Lirin was unable to save him following a hunting accident.[6] Therefore, it affects Lirin and his family greatly when Roshone is installed as Hearthstone's new citylord.


Lirin tells Kaladin that he's become a killer. That he solves problems with fist and sword. He had hoped that his son would find a place among the army's surgeons.[2]

"I know that war is inevitable. I just didn't want you to have to be a part of it. I've seen what it does to men. War flays their souls, and those are wounds I can't heal."[2]

Despite that Kaladin wishes to bring his family to Urithiru, where he knows they will be safe, Lirin chooses to remain in Hearthstone, where he knows the people will need him.[2]