(Spoilers for book two.)

I think we have been given enough hints to establish that

Kvothe’s mother is the eloped Lackless sister.

However, I’m still unclear about her first name. The only mention seems to be in the badly metred mock poem Kvothe’s father writes about her (and as a note of interest, the father’s name is mentioned repeatedly: Arliden):

Dark Laurian, Arliden's wife,
Has a face like a blade of a knife
Has a voice like a prickledown burr
But can tally a sum like a moneylender.
My sweet Tally cannot cook.
But she keeps a tidy ledger-book
For all her faults I do confess
It's worth my life
To make my wife
Not tally a lot less

So what’s it? Laurian (first line) or Tally (fifth line)?

Someone remarked that the last two lines sound a lot like “To make my wife Netalia Lackless” and given what we know about her, that seems too much of a coincidence, and Tally could be short for Netalia.

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    Oh. I didn't notice that. Interesting! – Jonas Oct 8 '12 at 0:56

I'm pretty sure the implication here is that Kvothe's mother changed her name when she ran off with his father. Her name, as everyone in the traveling troupe knew her, was Laurian, but she was also originally named

Natalia Lockless

which is where the nickname in the 5th line of the song comes from. By the end of Wise Man's Fear, I think this is supposed to be pretty obvious to us, if not to anyone else in the story.

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    Apparently the old name is even explicitly mentioned in TWMF, as “Natelia” (rather than the spelling “Natalia”). Nevertheless, I couldn’t remember ever having read the name Laurian except in the above mentioned poem. But since that name seems to be established canon (at least according to the wiki) I’m assuming that I just missed it. Be that as it may, the change of name is slightly odd but not unheard of (cough Denna cough). – Konrad Rudolph Oct 7 '12 at 15:10
  • I think that should be "Netalia", not "Natelia". – Mike Scott Oct 7 '12 at 15:21
  • @Mike Yes – typo. – Konrad Rudolph Oct 7 '12 at 15:23
  • @KonradRudolph Kvothe calls his mother Laurian directly before reciting the poem as well. – sevvack Sep 19 '14 at 18:52

I don't have the book on me at the moment, but I believe in TWMF when Kvothe is recovering from the Plum bob and is visited by Auri he says his Mothers name is 'Laurian' and that it is the first time he has said his mothers name since the slaughter

  • Aaah, I vaguely remember that, yes. Damn, if only I had the leisure to reread the books. – Konrad Rudolph Oct 8 '12 at 14:43

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