A Thousand Words: Wolves

Throughout the month of May, our social media accounts will be featuring the Val’Cueran Company! Represented by the colours red and gold and with the wolf as their symbol, Val’Cueran is Old Tongue for “The Heart Guard.”

 

In honour of the wolves of The Wheel of Time and TarValon.Net, we’ve collected together the names of every wolf in the series.

 

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This Month in Randland: Saven

 

In just a few days, the month of Saven will begin in Randland. The sixth month of the year in the Farede Calendar[1], Saven possesses 28 days and corresponds to our own dates of May 10 – June 6.

 

There is only one holiday that is located during Saven for certain. On the ninth day of Saven (approximately May 18), Dahan is celebrated to mark the victory of the Light during the Trolloc Wars. (You can read more about Dahan and the Trolloc Wars in our previous blog article on the this feast day!)

 

Regarding another holiday, the Feast of Fools, there is more uncertainty. While The World of Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” states that it in most nations it takes place during Saven (with the exception of Arad Doman and the Borderlands, where it takes place in Tammaz [July 6 – August 2]), The Wheel of Time Companion instead states that the Feast of Fools occurs during the fall. Known for its topsy-turvy inversion of roles, in which “servants gave orders and those whom the servants worked for had to serve” (Companion), the Feast of Fools is also known as Foolday–or, in Saldaea, as the Festival of Unreason. Stay tuned later in the month to learn more about this day.

 

Finally, of interest is the fact that parts of The Shadow Rising likely happen during Saven, given that we know it is late summer during parts of The Fires of Heaven.

 

 


[1] The Farede Calendar came into use after the end of the War of the Hundred Years. There are thirteen months with twenty-eight days each.

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Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship Opens for Applications

 

An undergraduate student studying how “individuals, cities, and industries” can reduce the risks of earthquake hazards. A medical student who wants to ensure that the “physical, mental, emotional and social health needs” of others are taken care of. An education student who wants to inspire.

 

What do all of these individuals have in common? They’re Wheel of Time fans who want to make the world a better place by being Servants of All.

 

They’re also all past winners of the Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship, which has just opened for 2020 applications. For more information, please see below.

 


 

The Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship awarded to fans of the Wheel of Time. One undergraduate student, and one graduate student, at an accredited college or university will be chosen each year to receive a scholarship. Previously it was called the Servant of All Scholarship, however, it was renamed in 2007 to memorialize the life of our beloved Robert Jordan. In 2010, the scholarship was opened to all Wheel of Time fans, instead of being restricted to TarValon.Net members.

 

It is with great pleasure that we are now accepting applications for the Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship. Rank in the Tower is not a factor, nor is major, or how far along you are in your studies. Any student who is a current undergraduate or graduate at an accredited college or university, and can craft an essay in the English language fluently, qualifies to apply for this scholarship. Previous recipients may reapply as long as they still meet the criteria.
The amount of each scholarship is $500 per student.

 

Applications will be accepted starting May 1, 2020 thru June 5, 2020. Please access the application at the following link:

 

https://forms.gle/zySLjieAU2XW6ma27

 

The scholarships are awarded based on an essay. The topic of the essay shall be chosen by the Officers and Director of Community Outreach. Essays are read blind and voted on by the Hall of the Tower of TarValon.net Inc.

 

If you would like to view previous winning essays please see our library:

 

https://library.tarvalon.net/index.php?title=Annual_Robert_Jordan_Memorial_Scholarship

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Wellness through Herbs

 

During my visit with the Yellow Ajah as part of my Guesting as Accepted, I have found them to be a very welcoming and warm group. My impression of the Yellows, from having read the series, is that the Ajah is focused on Healing. Through my visit with its members on TarValon.Net, I found it is more than simply that. As explained by Idine Sedai, “Yellows have a strong interest in wellness,” and per Nyavene Sedai, the “caring and fix it all attitude is very Yellow.” A general sense of wellness, be it physical or emotional, is a major aspect of the Yellow Ajah.

 

As it is spring, and the world is currently dealing with a pandemic, I though I would explore herbal remedies. Visiting with the Yellows has also shown me to the importance of tea, symbolically and literally. In reviewing the Yellow Ajah Newsletters in the Library, I found mention of numerous herbs, among them: lavender, marjoram, ginger, cloves, basil, and parsley.

 

In an effort to learn more about the healing properties of these herbs, I examined The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs (Reader’s Digest, 2009). Historically, tea has been used to address various ailments. In reading this text, I learned more about infusion (made from pouring boiling water over fresh or dried herbal material) and decoctions (made by boiling an herb, though best suited for bark, roots, twigs, and seeds) in water. I also learned more about aromatherapy and essential oils.

 

Lavender can be used in aromatherapy to sooth nerves and relieve depression. As an oil, it can take the sting out of an insect bite.

 

Marjoram can be used in tea, in tincture, and as an essential oil. As a tea, it can help fight against influenza and common colds. In aromatherapy, it can be used to help relieve insomnia and reduce stress.

 

Ginger can be used in a tea to help settle the stomach. It has been used to help reduce the nausea associated with morning sickness and motion sickness.

 

Cloves can be used in oil form to help relieve tooth ache.

 

Basil can be used to relieve nerves.

 

Parsley can be used to treat fluid retention and urinary tract disorders. It can also be used to ease arthritic joints.

 

Of course, always consult a physician for proper use of herbs and supplements.

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JordanCONline Panel: Rafe Judkins on “WoT on Prime”

One of today’s JordanCONline panels, “WoT on Prime,” had a bit of an unexpected visitor when Rafe Judkins himself dropped in to discuss the upcoming television adaptation of The Wheel of Time. (You can view the full panel HERE.) Although there were no new casting releases (sad face), Rafe was able to confirm a few important points and give a look into the process of working on the show.

 

First, the basics: Rafe was able to confirm that there will be eight episodes in the first season and eight episodes in the second season, and that filming has been completed for the first six episodes of season 1.

 

Although filming has temporarily halted due to COVID-19, Rafe revealed, in answer to a question from TarValon.Net’s Amyrlin Seat, Shannan Lieb, that the hiatus is being put to good use for the second season. Rafe, who prefers to have all scripts for a given season written before beginning prep for that season, expressed that the ability to put together all eight scripts for season 2 is a “huge gift and a bonus.” He laughingly said that he is still working 12-hour days on the show.

 

Rafe also shared some behind-the-scenes stories. He revealed that all of the actors have become friends, spending time together even when not filming; they all even go to the same gym in Prague. When asked by panelist Daniel Greene about how the actors are bonding, Rafe shared that the experience of travelling together to Slovenia, where scenes from a couple of episodes were shot, was a huge bonding experience. We even learned that Josha Stradowski (Rand al’Thor), Marcus Rutherford (Perrin Aybara), and Barney Harris (Matrim Cauthon) love mischief almost as much as their characters do: one day, when Madeleine Madden (Egwene al’Vere) and Zoë Robbins (Nynaeve al’Meara) were shooting a scene together, the three boys rented a car and snuck off to explore the countryside.

 

Rafe also spoke a bit towards his love for the book series. When JordanCon’s Jennifer Liang asked why he was driven to take on such a huge project, Rafe replied that he had a feeling that “I can’t let anyone else do this. […] If someone screws this up I will never forgive myself.” When he learned that the project was coming up, he immediately got in contact to express his vision for the show.

 

Theoryland.com’s Matt Hatch wanted to know whether Rafe felt a little like Brandon Sanderson did upon taking over completion of the book series, and Rafe confided that he and Brandon have both experienced the “intense desire to do right by this thing that you love” and have felt the “burden of this in the same way.” Rafe emphasized the huge amount of help that it has been to be able to “bounce ideas off” of Brandon. And as to how the show will honour Robert Jordan’s vision, Rafe said that in addition to speaking with Harriet McDougal, Maria Simons, and Brandon, he often turns to interviews and recordings from book signings with Robert Jordan in order to “go back to the words that he [Jordan] said.”

 

Dragonmount.com’s Adam Whitehead wanted to know about Rafe’s interpretation of gendered magic in The Wheel of Time, and whether Rafe could speak to any of the changes that he’s been making to give a more “modern interpretation” of gender issues. Rafe shared that he feels that “the book series is so much […] about gender and the balance between things,” and that he hopes to emphasize this in the series. While some of the things that might have felt feminist about The Wheel of Time decades ago might no longer feel so, Rafe hopes to hold true to the books’ intention and desire to be feminist.

 

Rafe also reiterated his commitment to maintaining the core of the book series in the television adaptation, stating that “My job is to protect the spine and heart of what the books are.” He stressed that sometimes, doing this actually requires changing things in order to properly convey them to a new audience, and that although these are “little losses,” it is nonetheless exciting and beautiful when “you see something come together.”

 

Rafe’s final message to the fans: “I just really hope that everyone enjoys it.”

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