Quite the opposite of his fellow nature spirit Don the Faun, Leneus shows us the pitfalls of self-serving rigidity and being a jerk to Grover Underwood. Let’s get into it.
The Council of Cloven Elders
Leneus was a pivotal member of this entity, a council responsible for overseeing satyr searches for Pan. The Elders were responsible for a lot of satyr business: begrudgingly granting licenses, scrutinizing qualifications, taking divisive votes. In other words, they’re your typical grumpy old nature spirit bureaucracy.
Leneus and Grover
What was his deal with Grover? Our favorite satyr had just had a vision of Pan and Leneus had to go and cause problems. At least he listened to Chiron and agreed to give Grover a week to find the great god. But of course, when Grover came back with more real intel about Pan’s death, Leneus showed his insecurity by demanding Grover’s exile. Council infighting ensued. Leneus likely could’ve shown some grace, but he’s not exactly the type to do such a thing. Which leads us to—
Leneus and Percy
There are so many reasons to love old Seaweed Brain, but we love him for letting this old goat have it when he’s less than courageous during the Battle of Manhattan. But even after Leneus is finally frightened and shamed by Percy into joining the fight, the satryr inflates his role. When he’s killed, he’s planted as a laurel tree, just as Don the Faun was, but with far less poignancy. There is some justice in the aftermath though, as Grover takes Leneus’s place on the Council of Cloven Elders, making for a sweet reversal of satyr fortune.
While Don the Faun showed us true satyr potential, we see Leneus as more of a cautionary tale about selfish clinging to power. Although when it comes to the sad end of such a disgraceful figure, we can’t help but appreciate the opportunity for catharsis his story provides. There are better days ahead!
(For the record, we also really appreciate Percy scaring the goat pellets out of him.)