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What is the bird of Hermes?

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The Bird of Hermes isn't anything, it's a metaphor Alucard uses to describe himself. Hermes, the messenger god in Greek mythology, represents Alucard himself, a servant to the Hellsing family. The second part, "eating my wings to make me tame," represents how Alucard must restrain himself due to being the Hellsings' servant.

[ In the sea without lees]

Standeth the bird of Hermes

Eating his wings variable

And maketh himself yet full stable

When all his feathers be from him gone

He standeth still here as a stone

Here is now both white and red

And all so the stone to quicken the dead

All and some without fable

Both hard and soft and malleable

Understand now well and right

And thank you God of this sight


The bird of Hermes is my name eating my wings to make me tame.

[edited to show the origin of the quote and that op is wrong.] "The Bird of Hermes" as well as the above qoute comes from the Ripley Scroll, a real thing in our world. The Ripley Scroll is an "alchemical text" and relates a a great number of things including the "Serpent of Arabia" (I assume it to mean the Devil or something simlar) and ends with the Philosopher's Stone. This is likely being used as a trope alluding to why alucard is seemingly immortal and invincible (unlike other vampires) and why its written on his coffin, which is his true resting place.

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