Female characters cross their arms beneath their breasts a disproportionately large number of times, sometimes tens of times per book
By comparison, there are only a few mentions of a woman crossing her arms without mention of her breasts and only one or two examples of a man who crosses his arms during the entire series, excluding a man who crosses his ...
TLDR; Yes a person would be reborn eventually if Balefired.
[Is balefire the eternal death of the soul?]
If someone is balefired, the Dark One can't reincarnate them. But they
CAN be spun back out into the Wheel as normal. Balefire is NOT the
eternal death of the soul. He also made a comment to the effect that
even in ...
Moiraine's description the first time Rand sees her:
The wide hood of her cloak framed her face and dark hair, hanging in soft ringlets. He had never seen a grown woman with her hair unbraided; Her clothes were just as strange. Her cloak was sky-blue velvet, with thick silver embroidery, leaves and vines and flowers, all along the ...
I would recommend reading them in publishing order.
In the Wheel of Time, the main characters are country bumpkins at the beginning, and it's interesting to see how their perspective on the world changes through the first few books. The narration is unreliable, because you're always in the head of one of the characters, and so your view of the world ...
Are there any dragons (like real dragons (=animals)) in Rand's world?
If not where did they get the idea of dragons?
There are no animal dragons of any kind in this world. The people
speak of a man called the Dragon. They know that the banner that has a
certain creature on it was the banner of this man and they ...
UPDATE 2: The lawsuit mentioned below has been withdrawn, and Harriet has announced an official official television show that is planned to air at some unspecified future date. We have no details on who's producing it or where/when it will air. The official announcement seems to imply that the studio won't be Red Eagle, but otherwise has no details.
Robert Jordan has answered a question similar to this. It can be found on Theoryland when searching for Third Oath
INTERVIEW: Jan 25th, 2005
TOR Questions of the Week Part II (Verbatim)
WEEK 21 QUESTION: Just how can an Aes Sedai be a damane? Aren't they bound by the Third Oath: to not use the One Power as a weapon except to defend their lives,...
The Age of Legends is much more technologically advanced than the current time period, but it is very different from modern-day Earth. Channeling works, and is better understood than in the time of the main story. Most of the advanced technology seems to be based on the One Power - glowbulbs, ter'angreal, etc. There was also something called the "standing ...
The Flame and the Void has been tried and tested in real life by someone experimenting with different meditation techniques. Here's his description of how to do it and how successful it was (emphasis mine in all the quotes below):
How it’s done:
Imagine a flame.
Feed every thought, emotion, & feeling that comes to you into this flame.
The key point here is that when the Aes Sedai swear fealty they can't break that vow (unless they are Black Ajah.) The Oath rod required them to stay "loyal" to Rand because they cannot lie. The Ashaman were already assumed to be loyal to Rand, and specifically swearing fealty does not have the same effectiveness on them, since they are not bound by the 3 ...
The following generalizations describe the Breaking:
Geographic upheaval - land sank, mountains heaved up out of the
earth, places became unlivable and new places to live were often
Political upheaval - old nations and states disintegrated, and
newer, more primitive ones replaced them.
Massive refugee migrations - what with the land being ...
As I recall: For the first six volumes of that series, it was incredibly unclear what the correct answer to your question should be. As you said, we gradually learned that other people at the White Tower sometimes made remarks which suggested there was a widespread perception that members of the Green Ajah in particular often were romantically involved with ...
No, the Tinkers will not find their song.
Brandon Sanderson: Robert Jordan's notes on this are very clear: the Tinkers will never find their song. They've lost it for too
long, that even if someone stood in front of them singing The Song,
they would just nod their head, say 'that's a nice song' and go on
From an Interview transcript on ...
I think suicide by balefire is impossible.
At the end of The Fires of Heaven,
This proves that being balefired can undo the effects of your recent channelling. This also applies in the case where that channelling is itself balefire. Jordan said (thanks @Himarm for the link):
if person A were to balefire person B, and person C was to balefire person A, ...
There's no canon on this, but I've always assumed that one or more of the knives secreted about Thom's person were Power-wrought. You know that he's the kind of guy that would pick something special like that up when he had a chance. There are other scenes in which power-wrought blades, such as Lan's and Mat's, generate blue sparking when clashing with ...
It was a small retcon, done after New Spring as Jordan later decided that Darkfriends should always have been included.
Moiraine words the Third Oath, "I vow that I will never use the One Power as a weapon except against Shadowspawn, or in the last extreme of defending my life or that of my Warder or another sister." (New Spring 11) This ......
The Three Oaths allowed you to say whatever you believed was true even if you could not prove it, as well as to dodge around truth; only words you knew to be a lie would not come off your tongue.
"New Spring" (short story), collected in Legends
Here, the extents of the Three Oaths are stated clearly. Aes Sedai cannot knowingly lie.
Asmodean later ...
Q: “How can I win the Last Battle and survive?”
A: “The east and north must be as one. The west and south must be as one.
The two must be as one. To live you must die.”
(Word of Demigod says
this counts as one question.)
Q: Wording unknown, but something along the lines of
“How can I remove the Dark One’s taint from saidin?”
A: The answer was difficult ...
Mat was killed in the attack on Rahvin in Caemlyn, near the end of The Fires of Heaven. Most of Rand's party is killed by Rahvin's channeling. When Rand later balefires Rahvin, it undoes those deaths, including Mat's.
It has been largely accepted for a long time that this event fulfilled the "dying and living again" part of the prophecy; he never actually ...
The village they die in is Hinderstap.
Back in The Gathering Storm, Chapter 28 "Night in Hinderstap", we learn that because the pattern is broken, each night the village and those in it reset itself. The encyclopedia sums up that portion of the chapter:
At the fine inn, Mat recognizes the cook that he killed! He thinks
they are ghosts until they reach ...
Near the end of the series, Rand himself acknowledges that he screwed up pretty big with the Black Tower, so you're not the only one asking this question.
There were two major factors behind Rand's decision not to go demand fealty from everyone there:
He considered the men in the Black Tower "his people" -- men he had rescued from madness and death, and ...
Lan does wear armor. Here's a quote from Chapter 48 of Eye of the World.
When he came back now, more often than not there were gashes in his armor, bleeding gashes in his flesh, and his warhorse stumbled and bled, too.
And from Chapter 9 of The Great Hunt:
Suddenly Lan was at Rand's stirrup, in his gray-green scaled armor that would make him all but ...
The point of the switch is twofold, I think.
The switch is only known to a very small number of people, while everyone else thinks that
Additionally, almost no one left alive
so no one will recognize the new form, and will just consider him to be a random person. Since
he can now go about complete unrecognized by the rest of the world.
I think the reason is that the Forsaken and the Dark One don't share the same goals. Most of the Forsaken want power or immortality, but the Dark One really wants the Pattern to be destroyed. The only Forsaken who is really on board with this goal is Ishamael/Moridin.
RJ hints at this here.
In the War of Power, the Forsaken decided to stop using balefire ...
Based on the later books in the series, it seems very likely that "dragons" depicted on banners and buckles are based on real, albeit historical creatures.
Egwene encounters a museum piece that resembles, but dwarfs the rakens, suggesting that their kind (or something similar) used to be substantially larger:
What appeared to be a stuffed brown owl, not ...