I am rereading The Dark Tower series and this text caught by eye.

It was a haunting line. For a moment the gunslinger felt mixed feelings of nostalgia and fear, stitched in with an eerie feeling of déjà vu, and he thought: I dreamed this. Or I was here before. If so, when? Not Mejis. No, not there. He shook the feeling off. The audience—perhaps twenty-five all told—had become dead silent. Every eye touched the preacher-woman.

The Gunslinger, Chapter 12

Is it his memory coming back or just a sense of déjà vu?

  • @bob1 I agree, its just that these things happen only in the first book. So it makes me think that some of his memories are still there. – Vishvesh May 24 '20 at 15:21
  • @bob1 Your commentary contains the biggest spoiler one can have. Please convert it into an answer, by using >! to hide the relevant pieces of text. – Matemáticos Chibchas Oct 12 '20 at 12:57
  • I've deleted my comment and added it as a more complete answer in response to @MatemáticosChibchas comment. – bob1 Oct 12 '20 at 21:20

In response to @MatemáticosChibchas comment I have made this an answer.

The Dark Tower series is cyclical in nature - Roland is having visions of things that have happened to him in past lives or perhaps past cycles of "Mid-World" or even in "parallel universes". Note that this is a cycle after the manner of a repeating event not a literary cycle (though it could also be considered one of those). This is also revealed in the Coda chapter in the book, during which King urges the reader to close the book and imagine the ending themselves. In this chapter Roland finally opens a door and finds himself back at the beginning of The Gunslinger.

King's work on this series is heavily influenced by a number of works of literature including the fables of King Arthur and the Lord of the Rings both of which have elements that indicate a repeating or cyclical nature to the universe - in King Arthur it is that he lies sleeping until Britain needs him again. In the LoTR universe, which is heavily influenced by Norse mythology, the world is reborn after Dagor Dagorath (Ragnarok in Norse mythology).

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