In the Legend of Korra we find out that Toph moved to the swamp alone and has been there for some time. Is there any explanation, definitively or implied, as to why she moved there?


In one of the episodes she's talking about how in the Swamp there's a ton of mud, trees, rock, basically a ton of earth. She also talks about how the trees in the swamps have roots that spread all over the earth. She can literally see cities and people using her Earth-Bending.

From Season 4 Episode 3 "The Coronation" as Korra is training with Beifong, she actually asks that exact question"

Korra asks:

So, what made you wanna drop out and disconnect from the rest of the world?

Toph Replies:

I'm more connected to the world than you've ever been! The roots and vines...they run all over the world! I can see Su and Lin, Zao Fu, and Republic City....I see EVERYTHING. Korra tries to attack from behind You're blind compared to me!

She's in The Swamp because it's where she can use her Earth-Bending to her maximum and also see everything at the same time.


"Toph eventually set out to roam the world in search of enlightenment before settling down in the Foggy Swamp." - https://avatar.fandom.com/wiki/Toph_Beifong

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    Fan wikis are not reliable sources for answers. See this Harry Potter question for a good example of that (somebody added stuff they made up to a fan wiki, and other sites started treating it as fact). – Thunderforge May 31 '19 at 23:16
  • That's a good point. I guess it's because I remember it being said in Legend of Korra, I just couldn't remember where. Maybe I should have mentioned that. – David Hobs Jun 2 '19 at 14:39
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    I do clearly recall this being said in one of the episodes, though, about Toph's reason for leaving civilisation being about "enlightenment", so although the wiki reference alone probably isn't enough to call this a credible answer, this answer's information is definitely correct. – NathanS Sep 19 '19 at 7:38

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