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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 did the Dark Prophecy in Towers of Midnight mean?

Warning: Spoilers for A Memory of Light under spoiler text. The Dark Prophecy that Moridin shows to Graendal in Towers of Midnight was: Lo, it shall come upon the world that the prison of the ...
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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 did the title “A Memory of Light” refer to?

One of the things that Robert Jordan left after his untimely death was the title of the final book of the Wheel of Time - A Memory of Light. Of course, this final book became the "Sanderson Trilogy":...
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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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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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What did this prophecy from the Karaethon Cycle mean in A Memory of Light? (Spoilers)

Warning: heavy spoilers under spoiler text. How did this prophecy from the Karaethon Cycle play out in A Memory of Light: Twice dawns the day when his blood is shed. Once for mourning, once for ...
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Did anyone make a count of the number of times Egwene/Nynaeve/Elayne got caught?

They got caught so easily and I just wonder if they got caught more in the future. From what I can remember (up to The Shadow Rising), Egwene and Perrin got caught by the Children of the Light. ...
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Did Jordan base the Aiel on Herbert's Fremen? [duplicate]

Were the Wheel of Time's Aiel based on Dune's Fremen? Did Robert Jordan acknowledge or otherwise address this connection?
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How is the Ogier Loial able to drive back the shadowspawn?

Since joining Rand, Loial has shown the ability to fight and drive back shadowspawn such as Trollocs and Myrddraal. It is known that Ogier are peaceful creatures and are not used to weapons. I've seen ...
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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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What does it mean by “switch” in these context?

In many occurrences, I've seen the writer using the word "switch", for example: If it mean "to whip", it would be odd. Why does the writer insist on using this word? “I told you not to be a fool, ...
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Why did the Seanchan hang the watchers?

As the Seanchan invaded Falme, they hang the watchers of Watchers over the wave because "They watched for the wrong thing". But what is the right thing to watch? It seems to they were watching for the ...
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How does everyone know they have to get to Toman Head?

In The Great Hunt, several characters just know where to go - Toman Head, including Fain, Verin and Rand. I can see why Rand went to Toman Head because the message Fain left. I think Verin chose to ...
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Are the Seanchan real?

As it turns out, some part of the Seanchan appeared in The Great Hunt are minions to the Dark One. One would question if the Seanchan are really the heir of Artur Harkwing. In fact, they are using ...
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Who added the extra wards to Callandor?

As of the end of Towers of Midnight do we know who added the extra wards to Callandor that were present when Jahar Narishma collected it for Rand in The Path of Daggers? (The retrieval happened off ...
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Is there a website which explain mysteries in wheel of time books?

There were mysteries in the wheel of time books. For example, in The Great Hunt, a blood message were written on the wall of the prison in Fal Dara. Who wrote the message and free Fain? These ...
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Is Artur Hawkwing a greater Ta'veren than the three Two Rivers boys?

As referenced by Loial in The Dragon Reborn. Artur Hawkwing was a great Ta'veren. It seems that he stand out among other great hero in the Age of Legends. How does his Ta'veren property compare to the ...
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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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Who knows Rand al’Thor’s parentage?

The Aiel know his father Janduin, and that his mother was a non-Aiel Maiden who called herself Shaiel. Rand himself figured out that Shaiel was Tigraine Mantear and was concerned whether that made him ...
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Who was the woman watching from a window in Lord of Chaos?

At the end of Lord of Chaos, Chapter 12: "Questions and Answers": Neither saw the woman watching them from a second-story window. Do we ever find out who it was, or what the significance was?
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How was the killer at the end of “The Fires of Heaven” intuitively obvious?

At the end of The Fires of Heaven there is a murder. In this interview (spoilers on link), Robert Jordan said: Just using the first five books, is the answer also intuitively obvious? I think ...
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Why was the male a'dam created?

What was the original purpose the male a'dam was created for? Also, why does it have two bracelets as opposed to one for the female version?
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Reading Order for Wheel of Time (New Spring)

When reading the Wheel of Time, what is the best point to read the prequel story New Spring? As I see it there are 3 options: Before Eye of the World Publish Order (after Crossroads of Twilght) ...
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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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Can an Aes Sedai use the One Power as a Weapon on a Darkfriend?

I'm in the middle of my Wheel of Time re-read, and have come across something confusing. I seem to remember that initially, it was stated that the Three Oaths prevented an Aes Sedai from using the one ...
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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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Does an angreal have an additive or multiplicative effect?

In Wheel of Time, an angreal is an object of the One Power that allows you to draw more power than you can when unaided. They include a built-in "buffer," so that you do not draw more power than you ...
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Is Cuendillar weakening?

In the books, the seals of the Dark One's prison, which are made of cuendillar, are more or less decaying away as a plot point. Cuendillar is indestructible by lore and only gets stronger if you try ...
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Aviendha's Toh in Lord of Chaos

In Lord of Chaos at the end of chapter 19, Matters of Toh, Aviendha is considering the Toh she incurred and the solutions to each. I'm a little confused about her solutions: How would this meet her ...
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Why do Moiraine and Lan use their real names in the Two Rivers?

It becomes apparent before even the midway point in The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan that the characters of Moiraine and Lan have a variety of names they use in different locations to hide their ...
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Have we seen Agelmar Jagad in action?

It seems of the active great captains in WOT we've seen most of them in action, but I can't recall even seeing how Agelmar Jagad's mind works in regards to war type stuff. Was there anything in any ...
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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 do Trollocs do when not the Dark Ones bidding?

Is the everyday life of a Trolloc mentioned later in the series,(just started book 3). How do they eat? What do they eat? These kind of 'economic' issues bug me in S&SF sometimes...
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Has an official release date of A Memory of Light been published? [closed]

Has an official release date of A Memory of Light been published yet? I have seen some guesses by some book stores of November 2012, but has Brandon Sanderson or anyone related to Team Jordan made a ...
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In the Wheel of Time series, why is Moghedien's a'dam not leashed?

When we first see thas a'dam it is specifically noted as having a leash between the collar and bracelet. But when Moghedien is captured she moves around freely without a leash. I realise the a'dam ...
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How does anyone remember the Dark One's name?

In the Wheel of Time, naming the Dark One by his real name, Shai'tan, is considered dangerous because it draws his attention to you. Likewise for darkfriends; it is considered blasphemy so they don't ...
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What are the common themes present in both Tolkien's “Lord of the Rings” and Jordan's “Wheel of Time”?

This is probably going to be a rather detailed set of answers. Hopefully someone can come up with a "short list" of common themes. Both sets of books have a distinctive theme of good vs. evil, but ...
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Who is the man who assists Rand at the end of A Crown of Swords?

Just finished reading this book for the second time. I'm a little confused as to who this guy is. Rand doesn't recognise him as one of the forsaken, but he could be in a disguise. He seems to wield ...
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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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What were Verin's actual “job duties”?

In the Gathering Storm, we find out more about Verin Mathwin's background, an in particular that she It seems like this would require her to to an active role in some of the events going on before ...
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In the 'Wheel of Time' series, what is the game of stones?

In the Wheel of Time, there are numerous mentions of the game of stones. The only characteristics about it I remember are: It's played between 2 players on a board. It is about placing (not moving) ...
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Wheel of Time prequels?

At some point before Robert Jordan's death, I remember hearing that there were going to be additional prequel novels similar to New Spring. I'm curious if there has been any official announcement as ...
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What is the relevance of Robert Jordan's “New Spring” novel to the Wheel of Time series?

What exactly is the relevance of Robert Jordan's "New Spring" novel to the Wheel of Time series? From what I have read of reviews, it seems to be almost fan-fiction'ish, even though it came directly ...
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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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