Deputy Tommy ‘Hawk’ Hill

"Laura is in the ground, Agent Cooper. That is all I know for sure." Click to Tweet

Screenshot of Michael Heinrich Horse as Deputy Hawk, from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.
© Lynch/Frost & Twin Peaks Productions.

Twin Peaks’ Sheriff Department’s Deputy Hawk

Tommy ‘Hawk’ Hill is Sheriff Truman’s most dependable deputy. He is a Native American and referred to as “Hawk” because of his excellent tracking skills.

Deputy Hawk‘s story

Tommy ‘Hawk’ Hill’s believes

Although generally being a down-to-earth guy, deputy Hawk talks about the legends of his people. He believes there is a dark precense in the old woods surrounding Twin Peaks. It takes many forms, but it’s been there for as long as anyone can remember. Talking with the Log Lady, deputy Hawk remarks “The wood holds many spirits, doesn’t it Margaret?”

While having some pretty amazing ideas himself, deputy Hawk is rather sceptical when agent Cooper asks him to wear a kitchen glove and hold a bucket of rocks when showing off his ‘deductive techniques’, involving mind-body coordination.


Deputy Hawk is a romantic and poetic soul at times. Proof of this is a poem he once wrote for his girlfriend Diane Shapiro, Ph.D. at Brandeis University.

“One woman can make you fly like an eagle, another can give you the strength of a lion, but only one in the cycle of life can fill your heart with wonder and the wisdom that you have known a singular joy. I wrote that for my girlfriend.”

Deputy Hawk’s people believe in several souls

Having a glass of beer, Tommy ‘Hawk’ Hill shares with agent Cooper a Blackfeet legend. They believe in several souls. Waking souls that give life to mind and body. A dream soul that wanders to faraway places, The Land of the Dead.

Deputy Hawk’s people believe that the White Lodge is a place where the spirits that rule man and nature here reside. There is also a legend of the Black Lodge, the shadow self of the White Lodge.

Legend says that every spirit has to pass through the Black Lodge on the way to perfection. There you will meet your own shadow self. Hawk’s people call it ‘the dweller on the threshold’. It is said if you confront the Black Lodge with imperfect courage, it will utterly innihalate your soul.

How Deputy Hawk helps agent Cooper with the murder investigation

Deputy Hawk considerably helps Cooper’s murder investigation. He interviews the parents of Ronette Pulaski, another girl that went missing and, like Laura, worked at Horne’s department store’s perfume counter.

Special agent Cooper’s first assignment for deputy Hawk is to track down the one-armed man that Cooper first saw at the hospital in an elevator and who later re-appeared in his dream.

Deputy Hawk retrieves the letters from people responding to Ronette’s ad in a ‘Fleshworld’ magazine. At Jacques Renault’s log cabin, deputy Hawk collects valuable evidence at the scene as he takes out the film of the 35 millimeter camera on a tripod.

It is deputy Hawk who finds Laura Palmer’s secret diary next to the dead body of Harold Smith, who hung himself.

Deputy Hawk, one of the Bookhouse Boys

There’s something very, very strange in Twin Peaks’ old woods. A precense, a darkness. The Bookhouse Boys have always been here to fight it.

Deputy Hawk meets his fellow members at the Bookhouse, which was built in the 40s or 50s. It is a building with old furniture, a self-service bar and full of books.

Fellow members can depend on Tommy Hawk even without asking for his help. Deputy Hawk saves Cooper’s and Truman’s life during Audrey Horne’s rescue operation, that they tried to keep secret for him.

Tomy ‘Hawk’ Hill – Quotes

“You may be fearless in this world. But there are others.”

“Body and spirit are still far apart.”

“At ten o’clock there was a one-armed man snooping around intensive care.”

“Room 301. Last name is Gerard.”

“Laura’s in the ground, Agent Cooper. That’s all I know for sure.”

“There’s a film in here.”