Tagged Questions

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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
2answers
98 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
115 views

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? ...
4
votes
1answer
151 views

What happens to Thom Merrilin

In the Eye of the World, Thom attacks a fade and 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 ...
0
votes
1answer
84 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
152 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
101 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
199 views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
100 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
132 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
563 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

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' ...
6
votes
1answer
623 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
370 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
625 views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
417 views

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 ...
10
votes
2answers
477 views

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 ...
12
votes
3answers
472 views

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 ...
15
votes
4answers
811 views

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 ...
16
votes
2answers
424 views

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 ...