TarValon.Net Wheel of Time Re-read

TarValon.Net is hosting a Wheel of Time Re-read!

 

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose suddenly in a small city by a river. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.
Inspired by The Eye of the World

 

The wind spread its wings and it sounded excited to be blowing in this exact direction. It opened a window and let itself inside. With its remaining power it did one last thing – it blew open a book left lying on a table…

 

A girl sitting in the room felt the wind passing through and turned around. She rose from where she was sitting and went to the table, where a book had been blown open. It was one of her favorite books – The Eye of the World.

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With the Wheel of Time TV show coming really soon, it is now the perfect time to brush up on our Wheel of Time knowledge, to turn the Wheel and do yet another re-read of the books!

 

This is why TarValon.Net is happy to announce that we will be running a site-wide (international) re-read of the Wheel of Time series!

 

We will begin (of course) with The Eye of the World! The reading of Book 1 will officially begin on May 3, 2021 (Monday) and will run for a total of eight weeks. There will be discussions about each of the books that will take place on TarValon.Net’s forums and everyone is welcome to join!

 

So, get your copy of The Eye of the World ready! You can read along with us on paperback, e-reader, phone, desktop monitor, or audio book! We are excited to have you join us!

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Member Spotlight – Analiese Sinclaer

Our outgoing Company Commander of the San d’ma Shadar Company, Analiese Sinclaer, is one of our Member Spotlights for the month of April. Analiese has served her Company in all aspects – she has been an Honour Guard and served in the Hall as Warder Councilor, prior to her term as Company Commander. Outside of her Company, Analiese has also served as part of the Outreach Activities Team and has been part of the Social Marketing Team.
 

In real life, Analiese is a mother of two and she is married to Kelvin Sinclaer, Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah. Currently she is staying at home and homeschooling her son during the pandemic. The plan is to continue homeschooling even after the world returns to normal.
 

Before the world went crazy last year, Analiese’s hobbies included being more social by playing with her nieces and nephews, and going to events such as Renaissance Faires and traveling. Because these things cannot really be done now, due to safety reasons, Analiese likes to spend her time reading fanfiction, playing D&D Beyond with friends over skype, video gaming and watching TV shows.
 

Analiese says she found TarValon.Net a long time ago and really wanted to join, however it wasn’t possible due to the computer lab at school not letting students create accounts. After getting the internet at home and being able to create an account, she finally joined us in 2010 and has fluctuated between low and high activity due to that nasty Real Life keeping her away.
 

The first time she joined TarValon.Net Analiese said she “had a blast in the Guilds” and enjoyed playing around the City. Later, after reaching the level of Accepted, real life demanded her attention and so Analiese decided to retire. By the time she joined again, the community had decided to include Integration, which enabled Analiese to choose the path of Gaidin.
 

What is really incredible about Analiese’s raisings through the ranks is that she was able to have two live raisings! First to Soldier and then later to Gaidin, on the exact same day, exactly one year apart at TarValon.Net’s Anniversary Parties.
 

When asked about finding her home Analiese says, “I picked SDS because of the Creed… it just kinda resonated.”
 

Analiese has always had her Brothers’ full support as a member of SDS and she says that being their Company Commander has been “really wonderful.” She hopes to serve in this capacity again, hopefully once the world is back to normal and they can gather together at parties and drink the infamous SDS traditional drink – the Don Julio 1942 tequila.

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TVTT VC Edition – Val’Cueran Highlight

Val’Cueran Company
Highlight of May 2020

Val’Cueran or VC for short is one of the four Companies at TarValon.Net and was featured on our social media in May of 2020. Like all our Companies, Val’Cueran has a mascot, official colors, and logo. We asked you if you know which are their official colors:

 

vc-trivia

 

Actually, the image behind the text was a hint in and of itself. Many people guessed correctly that VC’s official colors are indeed Red and Gold. Their logo is this:
 

VClogo

 

VC’s mascot is the wolf, so who better to share during their month, than Perrin Goldeneyes!
 

We shared some amazing fan art of Perrin on our Facebook page, thanks to these Artists: solitarium, Ariel Burgess, and Kira Mayer. VC Gaidin also believe that Perrin would fit greatly into their Company.
 

Perrin pictures

 

In November of 2019, there was a class on Val’Cueran – their history, core values, and traditions – in our Classroom forum, which you can find here.
 

Regarding their traditions, VC shared a tradition which began recently – Every Gaidin raised to Val’Cueran is gifted a gold wolf pin, and their Aes Sedai have silver.
 

VC Pins

 

Soldier Dar’Jen, now aspiring to join the Val’Cueran Company, wrote a blog post explaining what they learned about the Company from their class in the Classroom. Read the blog post here.
 

In honor of Val’Cueran and their representation in May of 2020, we gathered all wolf names mentioned in the books. You can see the amazing graphic from this blog post here.
 

And check out the Library resources we have on Val’Cueran, if you are interested, here.

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What I Missed – Reading The Eye of the World (Part 2)

What I Missed EoTW Part 2

 

This article contains spoilers for the whole series

 
 
 

This is the second part in my series about “What I missed…” from previous times I read The Eye of the World (Book 1 of the Wheel of Time series).
 

In case you missed it, here’s a link to What I Missed – Reading The Eye of the World (Part 1).
 

Last time we ended on Chapter 19.

So now we continue with Chapter 23 Wolfbrother.

 

In it we meet Elyas for the first time and for the first time we hear about men speaking to wolves.

This is an old thing, boy. Older than Aes Sedai. Older than anybody using the One Power. Old as humankind. Old as wolves.

 

What made me curious was how is this older than people using the One Power? We don’t really know in which age people had began channeling the One Power, so it could be that in the first Age people were hunting alongside wolves. But again, this is just something that doesn’t seem to be mentioned again in later books.
 

About Egwene in the same chapter,
 

She [Dapple] said the girl’s planted firmly in the human world, while you” — he nodded at Perrin — “stand halfway between.

 

Elyas says that Dapple thinks Egwene is planted firmly in the human world, while Perrin is halfway in between. I wonder what that means and if it has anything to do with the Dream World. If it does, maybe things started to change for Egwene after meeting the wolves. Maybe that’s why she can easily enter the Dream world and is a Dreamer. But if she had the talent even before that, wouldn’t the wolves have seen it in her somehow?
 

Perrin and Egwene continue on their journey, accompanied by Elyas and the wolves.
 

In Chapter 25 – The traveling people, Perrin remembers his dreams from some previous nights:

 

He had not dreamed about Ba’alzamon since meeting Elyas and the wolves. […] In every dream he remembered there was a point where he straightened from Master Luhhan’s forge to wipe the sweat from his face, or turned from dancing with the village girls on the Green, or lifted his head from a book in front of the fireplace, and whether he was outside or under a roof, there was a wolf close to hand. Always the wolf’s back was to him, and always he knew — In the dreams it seemed the normal course of things, even at Alsbet Luhhan’s dinner table — that the wolf’s yellow eyes were watching for what might come, guarding against what might come. Only when he was awake did the dreams seem strange.

 

We see for the first time that wolves have something to do with dreams and somehow they are protecting Perrin’s dreams from Ba’alzamon entering them. Which might also mean that they have some contribution to Egwene’s dreams too. We don’t really know if they protected Perrin’s because he has the ability to talk to them or because he was in close proximity to them.
 

In Chapter 27 Shelter from the Storm

 

Perrin, Egwene and Elyas leave the Traveling People and continue on towards Caemlyn. There is a scene when Egwene must say goodbye to Aram and he tries to convince her to stay. What made me sad is that… they never actually met again. I wonder if they ever thought about each other ever again after their departure. Aram never learned that Egwene was going to Tar Valon to become Aes Sedai either probably (Or is this mentioned later? I will read and find out).

 
Until Chapter 43, everything has really been sort of straight forward, I didn’t really find much that has been surprising to me.

 

But in Chapter 43 – Decision and Apparitions,

 

Loial explains to everyone what the Ways are and how they were created. Some things I find strange include:
 

When the last Aes Sedai left the stedding, they gave to the Elders a key, a talisman, that could be used for growing more.

 

It’s interesting to find out how did the Age of Legends Aes Sedai made the Ways. It’s probably some variation to the Traveling weave, but working for non-channeling people and Ogier. However, if there really was a way to “grow” more, why didn’t the female Aes Sedai reach out to the Ogier to find out how to grow more? Or maybe they didn’t know that the Ogier had that “talisman” and the Ogier never mentioned it.
 

… some who came out had gone mad, raving about Machin Shin, the Black Wind.

 

Isn’t it a weird name? Black Wind? We find out later why wind, but why Black? How do the people affected by it know to call it this?
 

But even after Loial explained the dangers of the Ways, the group still goes through them. As they enter the ways and start moving, Rand starts noticing things around him:
 

The edges of their light caught other stoneworks, what appeared to be stonewalled bridges arcing off into the darkness, and gently sloping ramps, without railings of any kind, leading up and down. Between the bridges and the ramps ran a chest high balustrade, however, as though falling was a danger there at any rate. Plain white stone made the balustrade, in simple curves and rounds fitted together in complex patterns. Something about all of it seemed almost familiar to Rand, but he knew it had to be his imagination groping for anything familiar where everything was strange.

 

It’s funny, because I believe I noticed this in some of Rand’s dream descriptions in previous chapters, but I didn’t make much of it. Here though, I have the confirmation that Ba’alzamon indeed used the Ways’ layout when he pulled the boys into these dreams.
 

After they escape the Ways and are on their way to Fal Dara, Rand tries to convince Egwene and Nynaeve that they don’t need to come with them to the Blight. To which Nynaeve responds:
 

I have little liking for any Aes Sedai, and this one least of all, I think.

 

To which I could only think… how many more Aes Sedai she will meet and how many of them will be WAY worse than Moiraine. If only Nynaeve knew what was waiting for her… 😀
 

On their way to the Blight later in Chapter 48 The Blight,

 

Rand notices that Perrin is not affected by the heat and the smells as the rest of them are.
 

Only Perrin, still in his coat, was breathing easily. Perrin and the Warder.

The Warder was not affected, of course, at least not that Rand could see, but to his surprise neither was Perrin.

 

We know from Perrin’s earlier thoughts that he wasn’t able to reach the emptiness of the Void like Rand does. We also find out later that Perrin has a strong sense of smell because of his bond to the wolves. But why isn’t he affected now? Is it just that he is not thinking about it so much, so he basically doesn’t notice it? It feels like there have been plans for Perrin’s development, which didn’t work out and were later forgotten.
 

Better to cross the Mountains of Dhoom in full daylight, at noon, when the Dark One’s powers in this world are weakest.

 

These are Moiraine’s words later regarding the continuation of their journey. I haven’t noticed this line before and I don’t think it is ever mentioned again that the Dark one’s powers have a weak and strong point.
 

In Chapter 49 the group finally reaches the Eye of the World.

 

This place,” said a deep voice from the trees, “is always where it is. All that changes is where those who need it are.

 

The Green Man greets them with this line and I cannot help wonder… did they really need to go into the Blight then? How DID this place work really?
 

Lastly, in the final Chapter – The Wheel Turns, Moiraine speaks with Lord Agelmar about the Horn of Valere.

 

The Horn must be carried to Illian. It is there, if fresh battles threaten, that it must rally the forces of the Light.

 

This only strikes me as weird, because of the fact we’ve seen the horn blown in places different and very far from Illian. Why Illian? I know the Hunt for the Horn gathers in Illian, but it doesn’t seem reasonable for the Horn to be blown there. Maybe it’s a myth or a legend that says the Horn must be blown there and I don’t remember it currently.
 

And with this my reread of The Eye of the World ends. I enjoyed it thoroughly, went deeply in detail of some concepts and character descriptions by reading the book while listening to the audiobook. I hope everyone who has read so far enjoyed it too, maybe had some profound thoughts as I did. Comment below if there is anything you want to add.
 

Now, onto The Great Hunt!

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What I Missed – Reading The Eye of the World (Part 1)

What I Missed Reading The Eye of the World

 

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES

 
 
 

We all miss some little easter eggs when we read a book for the first time… even on the second time! I know I do! It is also true that everyone might notice different things while reading a book.
 

In this article I would like to discuss things I missed in my previous read of The Wheel of Time’s first book – “The Eye of the World”. The first time I read this book was back in 2006, so almost 15 years ago! My last reread of this book was three years ago, and this is my third or fourth read of it. It’s safe to say I am really excited to start rereading the series again! I want to see what I’ve missed in my previous reads! Join me!
 
 

So, I would like to start with Chapter 1 – “An empty road”.

 

In the beginning we start the chapter from the point of view of one Rand al’Thor, a supposedly young lad, who is traveling along with his father during winter on an empty road. Suddenly he feels like someone is watching him and turns around. What he sees is a rider and horse behind him, but he cannot make out the face of the rider. The description is as follows:
 

The rider’s cloak covered him to his boot tops, the cowl tugged well forward so no part of him showed. […] There was only shadow to see in the hood, but he felt hatred as sharply as if he could see a snarling face, hatred for everything that lived. Hatred for him most of all, for him above all things.

 

That last sentence made me wonder… was it really hatred for him in particular? After all Rand plays a big role in the books, if not the biggest, but did the “horseman” know this even then? Or is it just the “quirkiness” (to put it lightly) of his race?
 

Later in the chapter Rand talks to Mat Cauthon about the black horseman and Mat didn’t mention this strong hatred towards him.
 

Later Rand thinks:
 

… once he had even gone to the very foot of the Mountains of Mist, him and his closest friends, Mat Cauthon and Perrin Aybara.

 

This made me wonder… is it a coincidence that the three of them have become each other’s closest friends? Or is it the Pattern? I wonder why I didn’t notice this before! It cannot have been a coincidence, since it was mentioned this early in the book and even in the first chapter!
 

While talking to Mat about the rider, Rand thinks to himself:
 

The Dark One and all of the Forsaken are bound in Shayol Ghul, beyond the Great Blight, bound by the Creator at the moment of Creation, bound until the end of time. The hand of the Creator shelters the world, and the Light shines on us all.

 

Isn’t it weird, I hadn’t notice this before, but… why are the Forsaken mentioned along with the Dark One as being imprisoned by the Creator? And especially “at the moment of Creation”? I am guessing this is some sort of prayer, or something, that people tell themselves to stop thinking bad thoughts.
 

But then Mat says:
 

Maybe it was the Dragon.

 

So, Two Rivers people know about the Dragon, but don’t know his relationship and timeline with the Forsaken? This was interesting for me to ponder about, since it cannot have been a hiccup by the author, he literally presents one of the Forsaken in the Prologue along with the Dragon, so we know that they know each other.
 

Anyway, let’s continue with Chapter 2 – “Strangers”.

 

I love reading Moiraine’s description from Rand’s POV when he sees her for the first time. But something small I noticed this time was this:
 

… on the second finger of her left hand was a gold ring in the shape of a serpent biting its own tail. He had certainly never seen a ring like that, though he recognized the Great Serpent, an even older symbol for eternity than the Wheel of Time.

 

An even older symbol than the Wheel of Time? Why? How much older? And how does a farmer boy from Emond’s field know that it’s older? There should be a tale, a myth of some sort, told to kids I presume.
 

In Chapter 5 – “Winternight”,

 

Rand and Tam are attacked by trollocs in their farm. They run away, but Tam is wounded, and Rand goes back to the house to get supplies, but one of the trollocs, which seemed dead, is actually not. I am sure all of you know about the smart Narg, even though we don’t get to see much of him after that scene. Something that I’ve never thought of before was Narg’s description.
 

A wolf’s muzzle jutted out below sunken eyes. Flat, emotionless eyes, and all too human. Hairy, pointed ears twitched incessantly. It stepped over one of its dead companions on sharp goat hooves.

 

I know trollocs are supposed to be a mix between animal and human, but I never realized they can be a mix of several animals too! That was interesting for me to find out.
 

Also, we never see another Trolloc speak in the common tongue ever again. I wonder if Jordan planned for this or he just decided to not include it later in the series, since it’s not… interesting enough?
 

In the 6th Chapter – The Westwood

 

Here we read several pieces of information from Tam in his feverish dreams.
 

They came over the Dragonwall like a flood,” Tam said suddenly, in a strong, angry voice, “and washed the land with blood. How many died for Laman’s sin?

 

… Slope of the mountain … only place didn’t stink of death.[…] Their women fight alongside the men, sometimes, but why they had let her come, I don’t … gave birth there alone, before she died of her wounds … covered the child with her cloak, but the wind … blown the cloak away … child, blue with the cold. Should have been dead, too … crying there. Crying in the snow.

 

I cannot stop wondering, how much did Tam even know about the Dragon Reborn and the Prophecies of his rebirth? Surely, he must have known something, but then he doesn’t connect the dots when he finds a baby on the slopes of Dragonmount? However, he accepts Moiraine taking away the boys, Rand included, very lightly, so maybe after Winternight and the Trollocs invasion, he had started suspecting something.
 

In the same chapter Rand thinks to himself:
 

Only that morning he might have felt foolish at musing over the Green Man and the Tree of Life. They were only stories. Are they? Trollocs were just stories this morning. Maybe all the stories were as real […] Next he might actually meet the Green Man, or an Ogier giant, or a wild, blackveiled Aielman.

 

YAY for Foreshadowing ! Interestingly enough, he meets them all! Or, I found it interesting at least!
 

Another little foreshadowing I haven’t noticed before is by Moiraine in…
 

Chapter 7 – “Out of the Woods”.

 

A night like that can give a man bad dreams, Rand. If you have nightmares, you must tell me of it. I can help with bad dreams, sometimes.

 

She knows for sure that the Dark One knows of the boys and where they are and somehow also knows that he will try to manipulate them by bad dreams.
 

But before Rand spoke to her, he thought to himself:
 

Surely there must be something about an Aes Sedai to mark her for what she was.

 

But in the scene before that, while Rand was still talking to the Mayor, he exclaims:
 

Did you think they wore signs?” the Mayor said wryly. “’Aes Sedai’ painted across their backs, and maybe, ‘Danger, stay away’?”

 

While Thom sits beside them as says nothing. He surely must know which features make out an Aes Sedai from a non-channeling woman, but instead he didn’t think it necessary to share with the Emondsfielders.
 

In this chapter again, Rand overhears Lan saying to Moiraine that there were seven bands of Trollocs working together on the attack on Emond’s Field. As far as I can remember, these bands of trollocs are not mentioned again in the coming books. So that just seems weird to me that they will be mentioned for a quick second and then never mentioned again. I guess it’s the same as with the talking Narg situation.
 

Fast forward to…
 

Chapter 14 the Stag and Lion.

 

Rand, Mat, Perrin and Thom go together in the bath of the inn and begin bathing. There is an attendant with them – Ara, who start asking them questions after being silent for very long.
 

“Here?” Ara snorted. “Trouble? [ … ] ” He stopped and eyed them a moment. “I meant the Ghealdan kind of trouble,” he said finally. “No, I suppose not. Nothing but sheep downcountry, is there? No offense. I just meant it’s quiet down there. Still, it’s been a strange winter. Strange things in the mountains. I heard the other day there were Trollocs up in Saldaea. But that’s the Borderlands then, isn’t it?” He finished with his mouth still open, then snapped it shut, appearing surprised that he had said so much.

 

This looks too much like the first ta’veren effect that we’ve seen until now. All three of the boys are in the same room with Ara and he starts speaking and eventually feels like he’s saying too much, maybe something that he didn’t intend to say in the first place.
 

And in the next chapter…
 

Chapter 15 Strangers and Friends,

 

It is the next day and Rand goes in Baerlon. On the way he meets Padan Fain and tells him where they are staying. I hadn’t realized this before, but it’s pretty obvious to me now, that Padan Fain told the Myrdrall which Inn to go to, to get the boys that same evening.
 

Aaaaah! She’s … she’s the Aes Sedai, is she?” A guarded look came over Fain’s face. “Maybe, though …” He paused, licking his lips nervously. “How long will you be at this—What was it? What did you call it? — the Stag and Lion?

 

But it’s also surprising how did Padan Fain cover the same distance as them and they were riding horses almost the whole time.
 

 Chapter 18 – The Caemlyn Road,

 

The gang is traveling along the Caemlyn Road after leaving Baerlon and Lan tells them that Whitebridge is the only place to cross the Arinelle. To which Thom asks:
 

Thom snorted and blew out his mustaches. “What is to stop them from having someone, something, at Whitebridge already?”

 

Another thing I missed. Another foreshadowing.
 

Chapter 19 – Shadow’s Waiting,

 

They are already inside Shadar Logoth‘s walls. Rand, Mat and Perrin have an encounter with Mordeth and after that they return and talk to Moiraine. Lan comes back from scouting inside the wall of the city:
 

Suddenly the Warder trotted silently out of the darkness into the room. […] Lan opened his hand; three small objects fell to the tiles in front of her with the clink of iron. Three bloodred badges in the shape of horned skulls. “There are Trollocs inside the walls,” Lan said. “They will be here in little more than an hour. And the Dha’vol are the worst of them.”

 

Again, we see mention of a Trolloc band, but we don’t get any explanation what the difference between the bands are and why are the Dha’vol the worst? I don’t see any difference between the Trollocs if all they do is kill their pray. I wonder what all of this was a set up for and why hasn’t it been continued in later chapters and/or books.
 

So, because of this band of Trollocs, the gang decides to leave Shadar Logoth and try to cross the river. In the city they see a fog, which Moiraine explains is called Mashadar.
 

Chapter 20 – Dust in the Wind

 

Mashadar is vast, girl, as vast as Shadar Logoth itself. The whole White Tower could not kill it. If I damaged it enough to let you pass, drawing that much of the One Power would pull the Halfmen like a trumpet call. And Mashadar would rush in to heal whatever harm I did, rush in and perhaps catch us in its net.

 

So, the whole White Tower cannot kill it, supposedly, but have they tried? I feel like for thousands of years they know this thing exists in Shadar Logoth and they haven’t tried anything to get rid of it? In other times, they won’t have Trollocs or Myrdraal to worry about, they can just gather many Aes Sedai outside the Shadar Logoth walls and try to get rid of Mashadar in some way. It cannot go outside the walls, so it won’t be able to hurt them.
 

This ends the first part of my review of Eye of the World. After this chapter the characters separate and begin their own adventures, until they meet back in Caemlyn. The second part of my article will continue with notes about that.
 

Thank you for reading.

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