Lyra's best friend; he and his family work in the kitchens at Jordan College, but he spends most of his time playing with Lyra. He's utterly devoted to her, though he's a far more cautious child and dislikes playing "kids and Gobblers" or tampering with Scholars' remains in the crypt. Gobblers kidnap Roger at the same time as they kidnap Billy Costa, and Lyra vows to figure out what happened to Roger and rescue him. When they reunite in Bolvanger, Roger shows Lyra that he's still a scrappy Jordan kid by pointing out that they can get into the ceiling and hide. He's Lyra's second-in-command when Lyra orchestrates the children's escape and is, for no reason that Lyra can discern, the one child aside from Lyra that Mrs. Coulter seems intent on recapturing. He joins Lyra in her final journey to Lord Asriel, which ends up being fatal for him: Lord Asriel kills Roger in order to create the burst of energy necessary to open up the passageway to the universe visible through the Aurora. In this way, Roger factors into the prophecy that guides Lyra's life. While Serafina Pekkala suggests that Roger is simply leading Lyra north and to Lord Asriel, his death indicates that the prophecy was referring to him when it said that Lyra must unwittingly lead someone to their death.
Roger Character Timeline in The Golden Compass
The timeline below shows where the character Roger appears in The Golden Compass. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...experimental theology is and doesn't care either. She enjoys running around with her best friend Roger, either playing alone together or engaging in "deadly warfare" against the children of other nearby... (full context)
...stealing the children, but everyone calls the culprits the Gobblers. One day, Lyra suggests to Roger that they play kids and Gobblers, which she says entails playing hide-and-seek and then cutting... (full context)
...see strange things, and finally falls into John Faa's arms. She tells Farder Coram that Roger is coming and asks what the strange noise is. Suddenly, the golden monkey attacks Pan... (full context)
...to his balloon, throws it to the witches, and six witches pull the balloon north. Roger and Iorek fall asleep. Serafina asks Lyra why she's going to Lord Asriel. Lyra incredulously... (full context)
...following destiny as she does so. They look at Lyra sleeping and Scoresby asks about Roger. Serafina says that Lyra has something valuable and Roger, led by fate, enticed Lyra north. (full context)
...asleep again. Serafina wakes Scoresby a while later. Something is wrong; the balloon swings wildly. Roger and Lyra wake up and comfort each other as the basket drops through fog. Suddenly,... (full context)