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The "Wheel of Time" series is one of the most popular fantasy series today, started by Robert Jordan and completed from Jordan's notes by Brandon Sanderson.

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What happened to the 9 Aes Sedai who tried to destroy a Waygate?

In The Shadow Rising (book 4 of The Wheel of Time series), Loial mentions that: "Another attempt she wrote of, by only nine, during the Trolloc Wars, damaged the Gate in such a way that the Aes ...
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Why do the Seanchan value ore so greatly?

Slight spoiler for Wheel of Time book 2: The Great Hunt . . . . . In The Wheel of Time, I understand production and the need for weapons 'n things, but why do the Seanchan value damane who can locate ...
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Why was Liandrin Guirale about to be punished by the Amyrlin Seat?

In the Wheel of Time series, I was confused about what went on when the troupe that brought Logain Ablar to Tar Valon reported to the Amyrlin Seat. To recap Amyrlin Seat seems displeased at this and ...
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Don't the Light's problems in the current age of WoT just boil down to poor record-keeping?

(Super-spoilers ahead, kind of.) ... As the breaking of the world begins, civilization - and the Aes Sedai especially - have a very good grip on what's going on. They might not be aware of the ...
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Did Bayle Domon have the heartstone in Eye of the World?

Reading the series for the first time. I just finished The Great Hunt, chapter 9 “Leavetakings”. At the end of the chapter we’re reintroduced to Bayle Domon, the captain of The Spray. The narration ...
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Are the feminine/masculine associations intentionally swapped between the One Power and yin and yang?

In The Wheel of Time's setting, the magical One Power is comprised of a "feminine" half, saidar, and a "masculine" half, saidin. The One Power is often depicted using the symbol of ...
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Similarities between The Wheel of Time and Tolkien's Legendarium

Did Robert Jordan ever remark on the similarities between The Wheel of Time and Tolkien's Legendarium? Especially names from The Silmarillion (Hurin, Huan &c.) and characters/themes (not names, ...
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Why is every place in the Wheel-of-Time TV series a mixture of races?

I've watched a few episodes of Amazon's new Wheel of Time series. It has its pros and cons, but something strange about it is that just about every single place has strong ethnic variety, as though it ...
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Why does Moiraine act this way around the whitecloaks?

From watching the Wheel of Time TV show, I got a pretty confused interpretation of who and what the children of the light/whitecloaks are and what they do (as you can see in this question). There's a ...
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Why are there "Questioners"?

I haven't read the books, but I just started watching the Wheel of Time TV show on Amazon Prime, and I note that they have "Questioners", whose entire job, as far as I can tell, is to root ...
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In what book and chapter is Olver introduced?

In what book and chapter is Olver introduced in "The Wheel of Time" series. I thought it was in "Lord of Chaos", or am I mistaken?
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Do we have any insight on why Cadsuane was written to be so bad at her goal?

Full disclosure, I never cared for the character of Cadsuane. My favorite scene is when Tam al'Thor refuses to accede and calls her a bully to her face. It occurs to me that this may be the intent ...
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Explanation for what the main characters found in the Eye of the World's magical tunnels

I just finished reading the first book of Robert Jordan's scifi Wheel of time series: the Eye of the World, and my question contains a subtle spoiler (so be careful!). In the Eye of the World, the ...
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Do Gelb and Bartim eventually denounce Rand as a Darkfriend?

Halfway through The Eye of the World, the first novel in the Wheel of Time saga, Rand's little troupe find themselves in Whitebridge and Rand just stood tall enough to see over the wall, then ducked ...
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What do gleemen do that Thom says "why, I'd double his custom just by sitting here."?

In the novel, The Eye of the World, the first in the saga The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Rand's little troupe, after meeting the Travellers, find themselves at an inn, where they have the ...
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Is there an Irish saying that is akin to 'teach him how you will, a pig will never play the flute' in The Eye of the World?

Going by many of the names used in The Eye of the World, the first novel in The Wheel of Time saga which appears to have a strong Irish influence, is there an Irish saying that is akin to what Thom ...
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Why does Robert Jordan repeat ad nauseam that 'thinking is dangerous?'

Midway through his novel The Eye of the World, the first book in the saga, The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan writes: He tried tracing the maze with his eyes, to see how many connections Ba'alzamon ...
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When does Moiraine say 'she asked questions'?

In The Eye of the World, the first novel in The Wheel of Time saga: [Moiraine] smiled drily at his surprise, "I told you I asked questions." I don't recall reading that she has said that. ...
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What were Jordan's views on Global Warming?

In The Eye of the World, the first novel in The Wheel of Time saga, Robert Jordan, the author, writes: The sun was a swollen, red blood ball, more fiery than the hottest day of summer and bright ...
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How does Jordan think we should imagine 'jaws cracked'?

In The Eye of the World when the protagonists are in the city of Aridhol, Robert Jordan, the author, writes: "You can sleep anytime," Matt said determinedly. "Look where we are. A ...
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What occurred when all the Trollocs fell to the ground screaming?

In The Eye of the World, the first book in the Wheel of Time cycle, the following occurs: And in that moment the pulling vanished. The Trolloc at his leg threw up its hands and screamed. All of the ...
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What does the banner of Ba'alzamon look like?

In The Eye of the World, the first novel in The Wheel of Time saga, Robert Jordan, the author wrote: at night their cookfires outnumbered the stars and dawn revealed the banner of Ba'alzamon at their ...
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Was the Horn of Valere ever meant to be tainted by the dagger of Shadar Logoth?

In the Wheel of Time there are many references to the dagger that Mat takes from Shadar Logoth corrupting people and turning them against even their closest companions. There are too many references ...
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Where did the Whitecloaks get their funding?

The Whitecloaks ride around telling people what to do. They are unwelcome everywhere they go. They have spotless uniforms and tents to maintain as well as horses. They can afford lodgings and drinks ...
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What is the weave used by Rand in the Stone of Tear and why is it not used later?

In the 4th book of the Wheel of Time, The Shadow Rising, Chapter 10 (The Stone Stands) Rand uses a powerful weave with the help of Callandor to purge the Shadowspawn from the Stone of Tear. I always ...
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Was the Flame and the Void inspired by military techniques used in the Vietnam War?

I was reading recently about the US military assassin Carlos Hathcock, and specifically noticed the following: Hathcock once said that he survived in his work because of an ability to "get in the ...
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Why didn’t Liandrin just kill Egwene and Nynaeve?

In The Great Hunt, Liandrin takes Egwene and Nynaeve through the ways into captivity, and leaves her friends (apparently) to be killed. Why go through all the trouble if the someone wanted them out of ...
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Were Omens Known Before Hawkwings Sons Set Sail?

In the Wheel of Time series, the Seanchan are great believers in omens. Our Andoran friends believe it is all superstitious nonsense, quite similar to how the Seanchan view tales of trollocs and other ...
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Why does Ba'alzamon want Rand to drink in his dreams?

In the first several books of the Wheel of Time, Ba'alzamon appears to Rand, Mat, and Perrin in their dreams, which unless I'm mistaken we later learn is probably Tel'aran'rhiod. Among other things, ...
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How big are the Choedan Kal?

The Choedan Kal are two large statues that are the focus of the One Power in the Wheel of Time series, both of which were mostly buried. Is there any specifications on their heights? Every wiki I've ...
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Is it possible to fit "The Fire Within The Ways" within the canon timeline?

Brandon Sanderson has made it quite clear that The Fire Within The Ways, a "deleted scene" from A Memory of Light which was recently published in the Unfettered III anthology, is not canon. However, ...
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Familiarity with the point of departure when Travelling in Wheel of Time

Traveling is the art of using the One Power to transport over vast distances nearly instantaneously through a portal called Gateway. https://wot.fandom.com/wiki/Traveling In the books, it is ...
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What does the moment of severing feel like?

We have descriptions of what it feels like once a person has been severed or burned out, but do we have descriptions of what the act of severing feels like when it occurs? We know that a person ...
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Are the male souls that can channel affected by the taint on saidin while they are waiting to be reborn?

Channeling is a thing of soul. Souls are reborn/spun back out by the Wheel periodically, to say nothing of the only channeling soul that we know who is also a Hero of the Horn (the Dragon soul). While ...
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Was Jaret Byar a under influences other than Padan Fain?

My first few reads through the Wheel of Time series, I was under the strong impression that Jaret Byar was corrupted solely by his proximity to Padan Fain (his own inherent character being somewhat ...
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Why does Gaul suggest running away after being released by Perrin?

In The Dragon Reborn Perrin and others visit the town of Remen where they find Gaul the Aiel locked in a cage. Later Perrin frees him and, after a fight with the Whitecloaks, Gaul says they should run....
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How does the White Tower pay for everything?

In The Wheel of Time, the Aes Sedai seem to travel throughout the entire main continent (up to the Aiel Waste), and from what I have seen, have absolutely no concern for money. They also seem to be ...
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Who decided the names for the other two parts of the original A Memory of Light?

In the foreword to The Gathering Storm, Sanderson mentions that he was contacted to write the final three books for the Wheel of Time series, which were at the time still part of A Memory of Light. ...
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Does any man ever cross his arms?

Throughout the Wheel of Time series, it is almost comical how often Robert Jordan uses the phrase "crossed her arms beneath her breasts" to indicate a woman's displeasure. So much so that it seems ...
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Who freed Padan Fain in Fal Dara?

In The Great Hunt, Fain is freed from his cell in Fal Dara by an unspecified person. Now, before anyone says "Isn't it obvious?", let's analyse the scene in question. The door to the outer ...
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Space travel in the Age of Legends

Given the vast technology available during the age of Legends, added to the obviously inquisitive minds of the scientists of the time. It is extremely likely that space exploration would have been ...
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What happened to the rest of the world during the Breaking?

Every Wheel of Time map I have seen shows 2 main continents and a landmass called the Land of Madmen. However this surely can't constitute the entirety of the world. What happened to the rest of the ...
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What did Mat say in the Old Tongue?

In chapter 27 of A Memory of Light, Mat says: Laero lendhe an indemela Min thinks it was: ...Something about a flag. When questioned about it he says: It's a saying of the Fallen Army of ...
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Who figured out Rand's fate and how?

Re-reading A Memory Of Light again, and something that didn't bother me so much in the first read-through is that several key folks (his ladies plus Alivia) seemed to know Rand's fate before it ...
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New Spring: How were these characters' deaths explained?

At the end of New Spring we learn that several people die, and In addition Moiraine is said to have My question is: How were the deaths of these high-profile people explained? Any canon answers (...
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Mat Cauthon's memories of Manetheren

This is a follow-up question to Matrim Cauthon's Memories From Former Lives? where we can learn from a canonical source that Mat's memories of former lives are given to him from his visit inside ...
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Is there any clue in canon or interviews as to how Padan Fain was able to subdue a Fade?

In The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, Padan Fain is able to nail a Fade to a barn door. Later in camp he sleeps while surrounded by Fades, Trollocs and Darkfriends all of whom have a motive to kill him. ...
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What real-life time periods were the First Age and the Age of Legends?

In The Wheel of Time series, Robert Jordan states in his post-book interviews (audiobook version, at least) that the "Age of Legends" and beyond are supposed to be similar to our real-life modern ...
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Why does this group disappear, in The Shadow Rising?

This question is probably not answerable by direct quote, but I hope some answer can still be inferred. Also, I am not very sure what to do with spoilers, other than just eliminating them entirely. I'...
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How does Tam know who "Maighdin" really is? [duplicate]

In The Gathering Storm, Rand meets with his father. A part of their conversation includes Perrin's exploits: Rand's mood darkened slightly. "Wait. Perrin has been using Two Rivers folk?" ...
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