Robert Jordan was a science fiction author, best known for the Wheel of Time series.

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Were saidar and saidin influenced by the sides of the Force?

The concepts are pretty similar: two sides of a fantastical power, one side sweet, yummy, and light, used by embracing it, used by a bunch of emotionless, calm, awesome robots people (Jedi/Aes Sedai); ...
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Is Rand al'Thor one of the Heroes of the Horn?

When the Heroes answer the call of the Horn at the end of the The Great Hunt, Artur Hawkwing makes the following remark to Rand during their pre-battle meet-and-greet: “It takes more than bravery ...
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Is the Well of Ascension based on the Eye of the World?

The Eye of the World, from Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and the Well of Ascension, from Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, seem to be far too similar for coincidence. Here follows a lot of ...
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What were Elayne's babies named?

Has Robert Jordan or Brandon Sanderson ever said anything (or anything else in canon; I don't remember anything from the books) regarding the names of Elayne's babies? Can I name one if not?
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Was the Great Pattern concept borrowed?

I already know that the Wheel of Time idea originates in real-world concept, Kalachakra (the author admitted it). But what about the Pattern - as a textile metaphor for fate, space, time and universe ...
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Why are the forsaken immediately able to talk with others

In the Eye of the World, Aginor and Balthamel, both recently out of the Dark One's prison, confront Rand and co. fluent in common. Both should have only be able to speak the old tongue, and the book ...
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What can Aes Sedai say about the future?

In the Wheel of Time, according to the First Oath, an Aes Sedai can 'speak no word that is not true'. So what can she say (Foretellings aside) about that notoriously unpredictable realm, the future? (...
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What happens to Thom Merrilin

In the Eye of the World, Thom attacks a fade, Rand and Matt both assume he dies. We learn later that he indeed lives through this, but the fight itself is a mystery. They see Thom jump at the fade and ...
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Aviendha's motivations in The Shadow Rising and The Fires of Heaven?

Throughout most of books 4 and 5 (ever since Rhuidean), Aviendha sticks as close to Rand as his shadow. He thinks this is because the Wise Ones have set her to spy on him, but So why was she really ...
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Where does Mat's luck come from?

This might sound like a silly question, since he's ta'veren, but read on! As early as book 1 of WoT (at least by the time they meet Loial), we know that Rand, Mat, and Perrin are all ta'veren. I ...
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Can Padan Fain channel?

This question is inspired by a discussion here At the end of book 1 we discover that Padan Fain is and also Do either of the 'powers' refer to include the ability to channel saidin? In book 2 ...
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What's the point of this creepy scene in The Great Hunt?

In Chapter 10 of book 2 (tGH), there's this really weird scene where Rand goes into a house in a village and the scene changes every time he blinks. It flickers back and forth between the following ...
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why does Elaida help Rand in The Eye of the World?

When Rand is in Caemlyn in the first book (tEotW), he meets the Andoran royals for the first time. Elaida Sedai, one of the Queen's foremost advisors, is asking him awkward questions, apparently ...
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Is Robert Jordan's description of the Oneness connected to Zen in the Art of Archery?

In Zen in the Art of Archery, the author writes, "The archer ceases to be conscious of himself as the one who is engaged in hitting the bull's-eye which confronts him. This state of unconscious ...
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In the Wheel of Time series, was it ever revealed how Logain was able to resist the tainted saidin?

In the WoT series, long ago, The Dark One tainted saidin, the male half of the One Power, and that drove most of the male channelers insane and they broke the world. So from that point on, any/all ...
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Is 'the age of legends' similar to modern day Earth?

In Jordan's Wheel of Time saga, there are references to the changed landscape since 'the breaking of the world', but there are also a few mentions of particular items or ideas of 'the age of legends' ...
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Are the new factions in A Memory of Light a Sanderson invention?

In A Memory of Light, two new factions are introduced: Are they from Robert Jordan's notes or are they both a Sanderson invention? IIRC, the second faction above are also mentioned in Towers of ...
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Do we know how much of the ending of “A Memory of Light” did Robert Jordan write himself?

In a comment to this answer to a question speculating on an event in the epilogue of A Memory of Light, someone mentioned that: the ending was Robert Jordan's, written by him before he died. Is ...
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Does an angreal have an additive or multiplicative effect?

In Wheel of Time, an angreal is an object of the One Power that allows you to draw more power than you can when unaided. They include a built-in "buffer," so that you do not draw more power than you ...
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Aviendha's Toh in Lord of Chaos

In Lord of Chaos at the end of chapter 19, Matters of Toh, Aviendha is considering the Toh she incurred and the solutions to each. I'm a little confused about her solutions: How would this meet ...
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Why do Moiraine and Lan use their real names in the Two Rivers?

It becomes apparent before even the midway point in The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan that the characters of Moiraine and Lan have a variety of names they use in different locations to hide their ...
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What is the difference between an angreal and a sa'angreal?

This has always bugged me; a long time ago (like, 15 years), I spent some hours trawling through books 1-6 or so looking for evidence that there is a substantive difference other than "a sa'angreal is ...
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In the Wheel of Time series, why is Moghedien's a'dam not leashed?

When we first see thas a'dam it is specifically noted as having a leash between the collar and bracelet. But when Moghedien is captured she moves around freely without a leash. I realise the a'dam ...
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How does anyone remember the Dark One's name?

In the Wheel of Time, naming the Dark One by his real name, Shai'tan, is considered dangerous because it draws his attention to you. Likewise for darkfriends; it is considered blasphemy so they don't ...
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Who is the man who assists Rand at the end of A Crown of Swords?

Just finished reading this book for the second time. I'm a little confused as to who this guy is. Rand doesn't recognise him as one of the forsaken, but he could be in a disguise. He seems to wield ...
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What were Verin's actual “job duties”?

In the Gathering Storm, we find out more about Verin Mathwin's background, an in particular that she It seems like this would require her to to an active role in some of the events going on before ...
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What is the relevance of Robert Jordan's “New Spring” novel to the Wheel of Time series?

What exactly is the relevance of Robert Jordan's "New Spring" novel to the Wheel of Time series? From what I have read of reviews, it seems to be almost fan-fiction'ish, even though it came directly ...
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At what point in the Wheel of Time do we find out who killed a certain Forsaken?

Sorry about the ambiguous title, but I want to prevent spoilers. Read no further if you haven't read through at least The Fires of Heaven in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. At what point in ...