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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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A Memory of Light Question on the Epilogue

How did Rand al'Thor do what he did at the end of Memory of light? How was this achieved, and what are the implications?
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When else has a certain character died? (Wheel of Time, minor spoiler)

Now, this is probably a stupid question, but in a Memory of Light Birgitte mentions to Mat that the time he got hung was not the time he "died and lived again," but that he does not remember it. Now, ...
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Suicide by balefire

In the Wheel of Time series, is it possible to commit suicide by balefire, or would the time-erasing properties of balefire undo your suicide, leaving you alive?
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Similarities between Dune and Wheel of Time?

When I first read Wheel of Time (shortly after I read Dune), I was struck by the similarity between the Aiel and the Fremen, as well as the White Tower and the Bene Gessirit. Are there any other such ...
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Do we know who is THE VOICE in Rand's head in the Eye of the World?

In The Eye of the World there is a passage that has long stirred up theories and controversy among Wheel of Time fans. A voice reverberates inside Rand's head, speaking in distinctive italicized all ...
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The Last Battle - farmers at the river

In "A Memory of Light", Mat told the Asha'man that it's a story he'd tell him later. I must have missed something.
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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? (...
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What did Rand ask the Aelfinn?

What three questions did Rand al’Thor ask when he went through the twisted redstone doorframe in the Stone of Tear, and what were the answers he got?
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Matrim Cauthon's Memories From Former Lives?

Are the memories Mat has from past lives ever explicitly known to be his own lives, not his own, or a mix thereof? There are many battles from the Trolloc Wars, and his inherited knowledge as a ...
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Discrepancy in “Towers of Midnight”

In WoT 13, Towers of Midnight, Tam is with Perrin and Rand at the same time. He goes to Rand, talks with him. At the same time, it is told him speaking with Perrin and crew. No mention of him being ...
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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 is ...
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At what point in the Wheel of Time do we find out who killed a certain Forsaken?

Sorry about the ambiguous title, but I want to prevent spoilers. Read no further if you haven't read through at least The Fires of Heaven in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. At what point in ...
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Who are all these Wheel of Time characters?

Earlier today I was shown the following picture in chat, some fan art of various Wheel of Time characters: Some of them, of course, are easy to identify: Rand, Mat, Tuon, Thom Merrilin, and Elayne ...
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Is the Flame and the Void a real meditation technique?

In the Wheel of Time series, several characters - especially the protagonist, Rand al'Thor - use a technique they call "the Flame and the Void" in order to improve their concentration. It's ...
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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 ...
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What are the towers of midnight

In the original guide that came out about 10-12 years ago, there is a map of Seanchan. There is a location in Seanchen called 'Towers of Midnight' that is not expanded on. I think the book is ...
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Does Rand actually hear voices in his head, or is he just crazy?

As far as I remember, from around the forth book in Wheel of Time, Rand begins to hear and have conversations with a voice in his head that he believes to be that of Lews Therin Telamon -- the Dragon. ...
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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 ...
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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' ...
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What were the questions and answers the Aelfinn gave to Moiraine?

Now that A Memory of Light has been released are we able to deduce what Moiraine's questions / answers were and Rand's final one was from / to the Aelfinn? We know two of Rand's: Question: How to ...
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Was Lan ever really dead?

One of the key climactic scenes in A Memory of Light involves two majors characters fighting and apparently killing each other: This death leads up to the major turning point in the battle: I have ...
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Why didn't Rand require fealty from the Ashaman?

Since the Wells, dozen of Aes Sedai had swore fealty to him. The Black Tower was supposed to be his weapon and they were getting more and more dangerous by day. The attack on the Sun Palace certainly ...
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If an Aes Sedai makes a promise, is she compelled to keep it?

The first of the Three Oaths is to "speak no word that is not true." As such, would someone who is bound by this oath be forced to keep their promises? Moiraine makes plenty of off-hand promises, like ...
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What is the time period for The Eye of the World?

Over how many months (or maybe a year?) does The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan take place? I know it starts in spring, since the Bel Tine festival is celebrating that, but how long does it ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Is Olver actually Gaidal Cain?

In the Wheel of Time series, especially the last few books we hear a lot about the relationship between Birgitte and Gaidal Cain. We also know very little about Olver other than that his family are ...
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“Wheel of Time”, Perrin's PLOD

I just came across this term, what does Perrin's PLOD mean? I'm guessing it's during the time he was single-mindedly tring to rescure Faile. But I'm still curious what the PLOD stands for.
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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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Is Rand al'Thor one of the Heroes of the Horn?

When the Heroes answer the call of the Horn at the end of the The Great Hunt, Artur Hawkwing makes the following remark to Rand during their pre-battle meet-and-greet: “It takes more than bravery ...
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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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Average lifespan of non-channelers in Randland?

Do we get told the ages of enough characters in The Wheel of Time to make a guess to life expectancy? I'm interested in characters we can assume to have normal life spans: They are in the main ...
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Why did the vision disregard the intervention of the Dragon

The second time Aviendha went through the pillars, she witnessed the downfall of the Aiel. It is later said because the Aiel were left without a purpose at the treaty before the Last Battle. But the ...
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What is the Void in The Wheel of Time?

I'm reading the second book now of WOT, The Great Hunt. And in this book Rand has increasingly started saying how he feels the Void forming around him and saidin is just shining brightly next to him. ...
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Balefire Suicide? [duplicate]

So, I am at the end of the last book So, why doesn't he just use balefire on himself? Wouldn't this have the same end result? Is it possible?
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When is the first instance of Rand hearing voices in his head?

When is the first time Rand hears, and talks with the voices in his head (that may be from the madness). It gets quite apparent in later books, but can we determine the first instance, or instances of ...
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Who are the Whitecloaks and whose side are they on?

I'm currently reading book 4 in the Wheel of Time series and while most forces can easily be seen as either Good or Evil, there is one faction that I don't quite understand, namely the Whitecloaks. ...
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What caused Gitara's death after she Foretold Rand's birth?

In New Spring, we see a passage where Gitara Foretells Rand being born on the slopes of Dragonmount. Then, she immediately dies: "He is born again!" Gitara cried. "I feel him! The Dragon takes ...
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A character is claimed to have died over the course of the series. When did that happen? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When else has Mat died? (Wheel of Time, minor spoiler) In A Memory of Light, it is revealed that: However, one of the Heroes of the Horn (Artur Hawkwing himself, if I recall ...