I'm currently reading the Gunslinger for the first time and one thing is irking me a bit. I don't understand the significance of Roland using the hawk as his weapon when he fought Cort. The way it's written, I know it's supposed to be greatly significant. But I just don't get it. Cort reacts with shock when Roland takes off the hawk's hood. What, did he not know there was a hawk under there? Roland annnounced he was going to use it as a weapon right before, so why the surprise? At first I thought maybe Roland had gouged out the hawk's eyes so it would blindly shred anything it came in contact with, that would explain Cort's shock when the hood was removed. But page after page that was never elaborated on. I feel like a dunce because such weight was given to this particular matter and it just sailed right over my head. What am I missing?