Questions tagged [the-wheel-of-time]

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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Had the Breaking of the world happened before?

Given the idea that the Wheel of Time is cyclical and all that is happening has happened before, does that mean the events of the breaking and the birth of the Dragon Reborn happened before? Does this ...
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Was Birgitte Silverbow remembering herself?

Given the cyclical nature of the The Wheel of Time, it seems inevitable that everything has occurred before at some point. When Birgitte Silverbow finds herself she says the following: "A Warder," ...
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Was Couladin a Darkfriend or just nuts?

When Rand undertook his journey to become Car'a'carn, his chief rival was Couladin, an Aiel warrior who declared himself to be clan chief of the Shaido Aiel. Couladin hated Rand from the instant he ...
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Was Rhuidean supposed to be based on a modern city?

When Rand and Mat enter Rhuidean in WoT Book 4, it's described as a city with broad paved streets and towering skyscraper-like buildings. Huge buildings flanked the streets, odd flat-sided palaces ...
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How well did Moiraine know Thom Merrilin?

In the first book, Thom traveled together with Moiraine and the rest from Emond's Field towards Tar Valon. This was, as far as I remember, a chance encounter, and possibly the first time they met. ...
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Is there any significance of the Star of David during Nynaeve's test?

In Towers of Midnight, Nynaeve finally takes her Aes Sedai test. One of the triggers in the test is "two triangles overlapped", which is like the Star of David. Is there any significance to this ...
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How did Galad find out about Morgase?

At the beginning of WoT Book 11, "Knife of Dreams", Galad Damodred challenges Eamon Valda to a duel in retribution for The rumor of murder was well-known by the time, but very few people (at most the ...
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Are Aes Sedai capable of becoming pregnant?

I was reading Lord of Chaos earlier and came across the following interaction between Sorilea and Egwene: “You will, girl. You are not one to become Far Dareis Mai and think men are a sport like ...
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Which books reveal these spoilers in Wheel Of Time? [closed]

A friend of mine is working his way through the WOT series for the first time. I read it several years ago and want to discuss a couple of things with him but don’t want to give spoilers by asking him ...
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Why could Verin not see this channeler's weaves?

At the Battle of Shadar Logoth at the end of "Winter's Heart", all of the remaining Forsaken show up to stop Rand's use of the Choedan Kal. The circle being led by Verin finds itself facing one ...
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Which Forsaken commanded the Gholam?

In "A Crown of Swords", readers were introduced to the deadliest of the Shadowspawn - the gholam - and Birgitte (via Mat) explained that only six were ever created because even the Forsaken feared ...
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What is the analogue to the sword fighting style in Wheel of Time?

The protagonist of the series, Rand al'Thor, is described as a master swordsman and fights with a sword pretty often through the series. The sword design sounds very much like a katana in design (see: ...
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Why can’t Nynaeve see the glow of Saidar?

At the end of The Shadow Rising and the beginning of The Fires of Heaven, it’s specifically mentioned that Nynaeve cannot see the glow of Saidar around Elayne, but isn’t this just an innate ability of ...
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Is there any pattern to the dice in Mat's head?

The dice in Mat's head seem to rattle quite often. I was wondering if there was any discernible pattern to them? Such as "once they start, the event is X hours away" or something like that? He doesn't ...
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Do Aes Sedai wear tallitot?

The tallit is a Jewish garb, which has a lot of resemblance to the Aes Sedai shawl: It's a shawl It's got fringes The fringes are (or at least were) dyed blue However, I couldn't find any reference ...
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How did Egwene make this connection?

I'm currently reading "Winter's Heart", and it seems like Egwene and company have made a connection between I understand why the connection was made, but not the how. How did they arrive at this ...
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Did Robert Jordan comment on ra'angreal in the Wheel of Time series?

Near the end of "Eye of the World" in Chapter 52, when Moraine is explaining to the others what cuendillar is, she uses the term ra'angreal: "Cuendillar, " Moiraine said. "Heartstone. No one has ...
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Was Moiraine the only person to use a staff or other focus for concentration while channeling?

In The Eye of the World, Egwene comments that Moiraine's staff must be very powerful, after seeing her channel to hide them from the Trollocs. Moiraine responds that the staff is only an aid to help ...
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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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The Dreadlord count around the Last Battle

In A Memory of Light, the numbers are a bit off for me for the Black Tower. Taim is apparently running his Ashaman to exhaustion, which is the 13 used for the Turning and like 5 extra, as I saw it ...
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Compulsion on the Great Captains

In the "A Memory of Light" it turns out somewhere near the end, that all four great captains were under Compulsion, I think placed on them by Graendal/Hessalam. Do we know when this started? Was ...
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What was not allowing Egwene and co. to leave Tel'aran'rhiod in Towers of Midnight?

In Towers of Midnight, Chapter 37: Darkness of Midnight, when fighting Mesaana, Egwene and co are unable to leave the dream. At this time Perrin has already taking the Travelling inhibitor ter'angreal ...
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Can Forsaken kill those Bound to the Wheel in Tel'aran'rhiod?

According to Birgitte, the heroes are bound to the wheel and live in Tel'aran'rhiod until reborn. The Forsaken seem to be able to enter Tel'aran'rhiod at will. Can they kill the bound heroes? If so, ...
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What happens to damane after the Last Battle?

Do we know anything about what happens in the Seanchan Empire regarding damane after the events of the Last Battle? Do they give up collaring them?
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Can non-channelers use the “not touched by heat” trick?

It's been said throughout the Wheel of Time books that the trick for not sweating has nothing to do with the One Power. Does this mean that non-channelers can do this?
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Can the A'dam bracelet be modified to work with other bracelets to make linking easier for Aes Sedai?

I'm currently on book 6 of Wheel of Time series, "Lord of Chaos". In it, Elayne has crafted a modified A'dam after realizing that the bracelet doesn't need to be leashed to the necklace. They've come ...
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What are the effects of balefire on inanimate objects?

So, we know that the use of balefire can effectively "rewind time", in a manner of speaking, when used against people. But what happens if its used on a forest? Does all of the oxygen that tree ...
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Does the foxhead medallion really protect against saidin?

Across all the books, it's clear that the foxhead medallion protects against saidar, but what about saidin? Consider: In Winter's Heart, and in A Memory of Light, However, in Fires of Heaven, we ...
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What is the other “not merely vile, but horrific” tale about Tuon that Karede thinks about?

In Wheel of Time, Knife of Dreams, Chapter 34 "A Cup of Kaf", Furyk Karede thinks the following: It seemed everyone believed the filthy tale of Guards' involvement with a girl pretending to be the ...
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What are the marriage rituals of the Sea Folk?

Towards the end of Book 7, A Crown of Swords, get married among the Sea Folk. Later, the wife describes their marriage rituals as "embarrassing". From later books we know that in public the wife ...
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Why did no one notice this character missing?

In The Shadow Rising, we learn that After that, they disappear, and no one says a word about it. Did people not notice? Or did Rand give a reason that they were gone that I didn't catch?
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Would a channeller remember killing someone with balefire?

Balefire has the power to burn threads from the Pattern, effectively removing something from time for a period proportional to the amount of power used to summon the balefire. If you used a powerful ...
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Why didn't Rand handle the Black Tower differently?

WARNING: Spoilers for the end of the series ahead. Rand founded an organized structure to gather and train male channelers and later established its hierarchy into Soldiers, Dedicated and full Asha'...
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Who is “best with women” in Wheel of Time? [closed]

I have started reading The Wheel of Time series and no further than book two I 've read Rand, Perrin and Mat wishing they were as good with women as the other enough times to get my eyes rolling. So ...
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What is the “Breaking of the World” in “The Wheel of Time”?

I'm reading the second book of The Wheel of Time (please avoid spoilers from subsequent novels) and I'm not fully understanding the whole concept of the Breaking of the World. Quite often characters ...
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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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Has Brent Weeks talked about copying from the Wheel of Time series in the Night Angel Trilogy?

I have just finished reading the Night Angel Trilogy and while it is a fun read I couldn't help but feel large parts of the world were copied from the Wheel of Time series. Female "Casters" are ...
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How did Rand light the pipe without channeling? [duplicate]

In the final Wheel of Time book, "Memory of Light", protagonist Rand Al'Thor Afterwards, he finds that he cannot channel, yet somehow lights his pipe. By instinct, he reached for the One Power to ...
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The Oath Rod in the Wheel of Time

Three questions concerning the Oath Rod. Why wasn't a fourth oath required, something like "I will never seek to serve the Dark One or willingly work to advance his goals." It seems like that would ...
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Is there any evidence of Elayne, Nynaeve, or Egwene being ta'veren?

Throughout the Wheel of Time series, many unusual circumstances happen to Rand, Perrin, and Mat - supposedly because they are ta'veren. However, throughout the series we also see such unusual ...
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How did the Forsaken learn of Rand's plans for the Choeden Kal?

At the end of Chapter 13 in "Winter's Heart", the Forsaken gather after being summoned by Moridin. Cyndane reveals to them that Rand intends to use the Choeden Kal in an effort to The other Forsaken ...
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How was the “Kinslayer” in Lews Therin remembered?

My question is: if the world was breaking, lines of communication across the globe were totally broken, chaos everywhere, Aes Sedai fragmented and messed up so bad that they gave the Aiel all their ...
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Do male Aes Sedai become ageless?

One of the most noticeable features of female Aes Sedai is the ageless appearance of their face. They don't start out that way, but it develops the longer they've been using the Power. But do male ...
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In The Wheel of Time, how were Aes Sedai able to be used as damane while under the Three Oaths?

That is, those Aes Sedai who were captured but were not part of the Black Ajah. If the Three Oaths bind them to not use the One Power to harm another except for Darkfriends and shadowspawn, how could ...
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How did Perrin survive Dumai's Well?

In the Wheel of Time the "Superboys" (Rand, Mat and Perrin), all exhibit quite extraordinary close-combat prowess, although neither of them fought before the start of the books. For Rand and Mat it is ...
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Does Rand al'Thor ever learn of his relationship with either of these characters?

In Book 4 of the Wheel of Time, Rand al'Thor sees the history of his bloodline from the trip to Rhuidean, and then learns from the Aiel Wise Ones how he came to be born on the slopes of Dragonmount. ...
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How close were Thom Merrilin and Queen Morgase?

Note: Apologies, but there is no way to ask this question without revealing major spoilers. In the Wheel of Time series, it's revealed that Thom Merrilin was once the lover of Morgase, queen of Andor....
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What does “Murdru Kar” mean?

Let's first remember the scene where the Trollocs shout "Murdru Kar": (A Memory of Light) Lan’s forces stop their retreat along the banks of the Mora. The ruins of Fal Dara and Fal Moran ...
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Why is every angreal, ter'angreal, and sa'angreal unique?

It just seems odd to me that every angreal, ter'angreal, and sa'angreal has been completely unique. The only time duplicate ter'angeals are seen is when Egwene is mass-producing copies of Mat's weave-...
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Are these characters' names foreshadowing, or just coincidence?

Hoping for either good in-book evidence or perhaps an interview with the author, but I note that in the Wheel of Time series, there's a bit of an 'oops' played in the first three books in the series, ...