The Ghost of Old Hamlet haunts the castle of Elsinore. Having been murdered by his brother, he wanders the night, waiting for a chance to speak with his son.
As he was unable to confess to his sins before death, he lives in Purgatory during the day. He charges Hamlet to revenge his murder, and when the prince takes too long about it reappears to spur him on. In life, he was an excellent warrior. A physically impressive specimen in life, he is very pale, bearded, his hair graying, and wears the armor he was wearing at his greatest victory, carrying a truncheon. He is at times suspected of being an evil spirit who has taken on Old Hamlet’s shape to wreak havoc on Denmark.