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Said about one's self, it was used as a statement of remorse and shame; the idea being that you are watched over by your ancestors, and should never do anything to shame them -- having forgotten the face of your father could be said to be short for forgetting that he is ever watching you. Said about someone else, it indicated they should feel such shame. ...


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There are many suggested reading orders out there (here's one and here another, plus a forum discussion on the topic). This is just one, and it's not for the faint of heart. Stephen King writes long books, and interspersing the main series with lots of slightly-but-not-very related behemoths is a good way to never finish the series. Most of the references to ...


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TL; DR: Too many to list here.1 As Bev Vincent says in his analysis The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus: King’s changes occur on almost every page. Some are simple reworkings of awkward, self-conscious writing—“ hollow blather,” as he calls it in the foreword. He removed most adverbs— following his own advice in On Writing— ...


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Note: This answer is full of spoilers - so many that it would be impossible to spoiler-tag all of them - so if you haven't finished the series and want to avoid spoilers, don't read it. TL;DR: We don't know for sure, but the people who did make the list have some things in common. Each person on Roland's list falls into one or more of these categories: ...


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This is indeed one of the more troubling aspects regarding the end of the Dark Tower, and as far as I know it has never been addressed in canon. Here's what we do know: The same characters do keep popping up in each iteration of Roland's quest. His original ka-tet at the very least are always the same. In each (past) iteration Roland failed to fulfill ...


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While Stephen King despises how Kubrick managed the story, he appreciates the beautiful filming. I think ‘The Shining’ is a beautiful film and it looks terrific and as I’ve said before, it’s like a big, beautiful Cadillac with no engine inside it. Interview with Deadline The quote you provide evokes an image that King probably regards as visually striking.


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It is stated in "The Drawing of the Three" that Roland's revolvers are chambered in (or close enough to) .45 Colt caliber ammunition. As you can see in the image, Roland holds one of the "Big Guns", as they are nicknamed; the revolvers appear similar to the Colt Single Action Army pistol. I speculate the reason for the uniqueness of these guns' power is ...


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The ending is quite unclear, and this was almost certainly a deliberate choice made by Stephen King, in order to allow the reader decide for himself/herself. As a result, any attempt to explain it will necessarily involve a large amount of speculation. As such, I feel entitled to offer my own interpretation. My understanding has always been that Roland ...


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Highly doubtful. The definition of stark is: having a very plain and often cold or empty appearance unpleasant and difficult to accept or experience very obvious : very plain and easily seen In short conclusion it is easy to see with the storm King mentions and why GRRM chose the name to represent his northern house independently of each other. Also, ...


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TL;DR: Not often. Although it is featured in the revised version of book I, The Gunslinger, the obsession with "19" pops up rather suddenly in book V, Wolves of the Calla, and mostly disappears by book VII, The Dark Tower. This makes some sense, since King wrote books V-VII over the course of a year or two after the accident that nearly killed him ...


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In both cases the name derives from the biblical location "Gilead" which is described as part of ancient Israel (though now on the East Bank of the River Jordan and within the Kingdom of Jordan) In the bible, it is a borderland peopled by the tribes of Manasseh, Reuben and Gad bordering the lands of the Moabites and Ammonites, and so a site of battles ...


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The Great Old Ones may be Keystone humans To the best of my knowledge, King has not explicitly confirmed (or denied) that the Old Ones are humans from Keystone Earth. That said, there is still some evidence pointing in both directions. There are good reasons to think they might be... As Robin Furth says in The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance: The Old ...


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Probably, but not in the finished draft I contacted Bev Vincent, author of The Road to the Dark Tower: Exploring Stephen King's Magnum Opus. Here's what he had to say: Jonah: When I was writing The Road to the Dark Tower, I was working from the first draft manuscripts of the final three books. I received later drafts of books 5 and 6 in time to incorporate ...


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All King's writings are at least tenuously connected to The Dark Tower multiverse. The reason (which may, unfortunately, seem overly glib) is that the real world is one of the worlds that The Dark Tower cosmology touches. King himself is a character in the story, and real world events (most notably when he was hit by a minivan) are part of the narrative ...


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From his entry in wikipedia, it seems that he is not a supernatural character, just a recurring villain, in spite of him being described as "an accomplished sorcerer and a devoted servant of the Outer Dark", with supernatural abilities involving necromancy, prophecy, and influence over animal and human behavior. His goals typically center on bringing ...


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Nowhere ... or Everywhere; The Halls of the Dead It is never explained what lies beyond the portal. It is heavily implied that there is unknown machinery directly behind the yellow and black painted door that is somehow supporting the beam. The closest we get is Roland's guess that they lead to somewhere "Beyond ka" "When everything was new, ...


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Is the journal itself pure fiction, or is it adapted from a real journal? It is adapted from real journals. I spoke to Robin Furth, who is King's research assistant, and the author of Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Complete Concordance, as well as the Marvel Dark Tower comics series. Here's what she said: When Steve was writing the Coda, he ...


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I would suggest that you read the actual Dark Tower books in the order in which they were published. You can then move on to the comics and the short story about the Little Sisters of Eluria. It would be incredibly difficult and time consuming to read all of the related secondary works - that list includes the majority of King's books: It, Insomnia, The ...


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The article "Paradox, Reconciliation, and Redemption in The Dark Tower Series" by Dr. Hilary S. Webb contains a nearly identical version of the quote: He says of his ka-tet, “I love them, but I hope I die before [the urge to kill] gets me so bad it stops making any difference if the ones against me deserve it or not.” Comparing this to the version in the ...


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First Roland's big guns may have mystical properties being forged from Excalibur itself. A mystical sword that increases the power of its blows. So it theoretically could increase the power of the bullets. Second an untrained shooter firing a large caliber revolver (that has no mechanical way of absorbing recoil so your hand and wrist absorb it) could ...


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While not ever actually explained, this is almost assuredly a portmanteau of "clan" and "family". It refers to families of farmers who have inbred, creating small pocket clans that are largely self-sufficient and self-propagating.


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@Duane Dibbley Thanks to your comment I found the answer myself. The riddle asked by Blaine was You'll have to prime the pump to get me going and my pump goes backwards. Obviously a wordplay on prime. I didn't read the book in original and didn't know the riddle in English, while the wordplay is completely lost in translation.


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Stephen King is also a fictional character in the Dark Tower series and he intentionally obscured the details to try and preserve some of his privacy in Maine. So there's really no way to tell how much is true. However, in the epilogue of the Dark Tower (VII) he did state that the fictional King in Susannah was very close to how he was at the time while the ...


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It's not a mistake. Stephen King did this intentionally. There are lots of references, including one in your question, in the series which tell us that places are not stable, world is moving on (literaly); because the Tower is weakening. I have to re-read the books to find these references, but for now I've found this from Stephen King's offical website: ...


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In the original books, psychic powers are usually referred to as "The Touch." Stephen King's website describes The Touch: If a person has the touch, he or she can read minds and/or see into the past and the future. It is similar to ESP and is half-empathy, half-telepathy. Nowhere in the original material are psychic powers exhibited by Jake, the ...


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Canonical map of All-World in its entirety: There isn't a comprehensive canonical map of All-World1, but the closest we can get may be Bev Vincent's map from his book The Dark Tower Companion: However, Vincent admits that even this map is partially unreliable: NOTES CONCERNING THE MAP OF MID-WORLD: This map assembles the known geography of Mid-...


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King gets the trigger and hammer mixed up all the time. With that and your quote about Roland fanning the 'trigger', that sounds like it's a single action. Furthermore I've not read any description of his revolvers that would make it obviously one of these over the other:


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Wad Cheber described very well the differences between the 1982 edition and the revised 2003 edition. But what's not covered by his answer are the differences between the original publications in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (1978 to 1981) and the 1982 edition. These differences are listed in detail in The Complete Guide to the Works of ...


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Roland passes his test and is sent East to Mejis as a gunslinger with Alain and Cuthbert; not West. As @Magno C quotes in the comments: She closed her eyes as if struck, drew in a breath, let it out, opened her eyes again. "Bad," she said, "yet maybe not as bad as I thought. And if thee doesn't come back? Sheemie and I go west, as thee said before?" ... ...


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