Elhokar Kholin
Biographical information
Ethnicity Alethi
Nationality Alethi
Gender Male
Born 1147
Status Dead
Abilities Shardbearer
Physical Description
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Light Green
Social Information
Title(s) Brightlord, King of Alethkar (former)
Family House Kholin
Occupation King
Appears in The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, Oathbringer

Elhokar Kholin was King of Alethkar, son of former King Gavilar and former Queen Navani and younger brother of now Queen Jasnah. He was 27 years of age and a Shardbearer; his Shardblade is called Sunraiser. Unlike his uncle, Dalinar, and cousin, Adolin, Elhokar did not ride a Ryshadium, although he did ride one of the best horses among Shin stock named Vengeance.[1]

Elhokar had an intense fear of assassination due to the way in which his father was killed.[2] His fear was often misplaced and he saw trivial things as acts of aggression toward him by unseen enemies. He had doubts about his ability as a king, despite the assurances of his uncle, Dalinar.

While he was the Alethi king, he was absent from his kingdom and held his court on the borders of the Shattered Plains, along with ten highprinces, at war with the Parshendi and seeking to fulfill the Vengeance Pact. However, he stood aloof from fighting personally in the war, as was appropriate.[3]

As long as Elhokar ruled, the highprinces got to fight in the war their way and fatten their purses. He didn't make many demands of them. They liked having him as their king.[3]


Elhokar had a bold face with a prominent nose. He had pale green eyes. He was described as handsome, but not so much as Adolin.[citation needed]


Elhokar was a good man, both by Dalinar and Kaladin's standards, though the latter believed him to be rather spoiled. However, Elhokar was also used to being surrounded by domineering people of various sorts.[4] He is paranoid, due in part to his father, Gavilar, having been assassinated by Szeth.[2]


The HuntEdit

Elhokar himself didn't fight for, or win, gemhearts except on the occasional hunt. On one such, he harvested an enormous emerald gemheart from one of the largest chasmfiends that Dalinar had ever seen.[1][3]

On this same hunt, he suffered a near-fatal fall from his horse due to a sabotaged saddle strap.[1] As a result, Dalinar instructed Adolin to see if he could backtrack the girth's history.[3]


Despite that Elhokar had publicly asked Dalinar to look into the strap incident, claiming that it had been an attempt on his life, when Elhokar appointed Sadeas Highprince of Information, charging him to unearth the truth of it, Elhokar had practically proclaimed that he'd suspected Dalinar. Any information Sadeas unearthed regarding the "assassination attempt" would only reflect unfavorably on Dalinar. He knew that his nephew thought he'd ignored the threats to him, so Elhokar had looked to Sadeas instead.[5]

Elhokar had spoken to Sadeas about it, who'd agreed. He'd said Sadeas had mentioned that if he started with something less threatening, like appointing someone to Highprince of Information, it might prepare the other Highprinces for what Dalinar had wanted to do.[5]

Elhokar was oblivious to what he'd done, but said that Sadeas had specifically noted the cut girth as something he'd wanted to look into. Further, that Sadeas had known his uncle had always said he wasn't suited to those sorts of things.[5]

Dalinar observed that Elhokar wouldn't have seen that Sadeas' new position was almost as threatening as Highprince of War, the position he'd asked Elhokar for, yet was denied. All Elhokar had seen was that he'd finally have someone willing to listen to his paranoid fears.[5]

The InvestigationEdit

Elhokar is quite eager for results of Sadeas' investigation into the cut saddle strap.[6]


Elhokar had an ability associated with Shadesmar, akin to that of Shallan, since he too saw strange creatures with symbols and shapes for their heads, although he appeared to see them directly rather than through drawings as Shallan does.

"I see their faces in mirrors. Symbols, twisted, inhuman."[7]

And yet ...

"When you came, the shadows went away."

"The ... shadows?"

"I saw them in mirrors, in the corners of my eyes. I could swear I even heard them whispering, but you frightened them. I haven't seen them since. There's something about you. Don't try to deny it."

–Elhokar to Kaladin[7]


After an assassination attempt on his life, whereby Elhokar had nearly bled to death, and his subsequent recovery, Elhokar insisted that his uncle had usurped his position as king. He told Dalinar that he could retain Urithiru as his own, but that Kholinar was his and he would reclaim it.[8]

While on a mission to open the Honor Gate in Kholinar, Elhokar was impaled by a spear through his chest at the hand of Moash. Though he attempted to swear the First Ideal of the Knights Radiant, presumably in an attempt to heal himself, he was then stabbed through the eye as well, all the while holding his son, and he was killed.[9]


  • Gavilar - It isn't apparent that Elhokar had much of a relationship with his father before or after Gavilar's death.
  • Navani - Elhokar believed that his mother's marriage to Dalinar would make his mother happy.[8]
  • Jasnah - Jasnah and Elhokar were the sort of siblings both used to doing their own thing and getting their own way. They both learned to stay out of one another’s business. Since he was used to being surrounded by domineering people, having a domineering sister was no different.[10]
  • Aesudan - That Elhokar abandoned his wife to rule in Kholinar so that he might reign on the Shattered Plains seems telling about his relationship with his wife.
  • Gavinor - That Elhokar abandoned his child in Kholinar so that he might reign on the Shattered Plains seems telling about his relationship with his son. But that he attempted to rescue his son from his compromised wife is evidence that he valued his son and wanted him to survive.[11]
  • Dalinar - Elhokar acknowledged to his uncle that Dalinar was always sorry for his actions with regard to the good of Alethkar. Still, this didn't deny the fact that Dalinar had - step-by-step - usurped the throne, despite claiming all along that he'd had no intention of doing so.[8]
  • Evi - There is a complete lack of information with regard to Elhokar's relationship with his aunt.
  • Adolin - If there was a relationship between Elhokar and Adolin, it has not yet been referenced.
  • Renarin - If there was a relationship between Elhokar and Renarin, it has not yet been referenced.


  • Gavilar - Father (deceased)
  • Navani - Mother
  • Jasnah - Sister and Queen of Alethkar
  • Aesudan - Wife
  • Gavinor - Son[12][11]
  • Dalinar - Uncle
  • Evi - Aunt (deceased)
  • Adolin - Cousin
  • Renarin - Cousin


Brandon has said that Elhokar was going to be a Lightweaver, but that he was doomed from a long time ago.[13]


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