Here is my take on the Memories of Light, week 4.
Monday December 17th:
Clearly, this is a woman speaking and it's somebody whose offer of aid would seem suspicious to Perrin. My best guess is that it's Tylee. She mentioned that she is fond of Perrin (tGS Prologue) and she fits the bill really well.
Tuesday December 18th:
I think Rand just realized that somebody is not the person they were pretending to be. I would really like this to be Taim as I still think that the current
Monday November 26th:
Rand thinking about the fat man angreal. He could have retrieved it post VoG, most likely based on the info he got from Verin's red letter she left for him in the Tower. The next day after getting to Tear Rand went somewhere to fetch something
Could easily be the fat man angreal if he only just found out about it from Verin's letter. The fat man need not be touched to be used (tFoH, ch 21). This explains how Rand could channel so powerfully at Maradon. He just h
I posted some AMOL predictions last year but since then I've changed my mind about some and have thought of some new ones based on the recently released AMOL material. So here goes.
Things I believe will happen in AMOL. These are in random order
Rand will be captured by the Dark side in some fashion, perhaps during his attempt to kill the DO using Callandor. He will therefore have to be killed by one of the Light Siders. He will be held prisoner in TAR by Lanfear. He will be rescued aft
This theory is mostly a variation of a theory by Linda at the thirteenth depository but I disagree with her on one very important point. I would also like to address a fair amount of additional evidence which she doesn't consider and so I want to record the whole thing here. In short, I believe that the Aiel will have to return to the Way of the Leaf after the Last Battle. Let's start from the beginning. At the end of tEoTW when Rand meets the Green Man, the Green man says a number of intere
Rand wants to kill the DO for good. Will he manage that unlikely feat? I believe the answer is "NO".
First, a closely related question is whether or not time will remain circular after the LB. BS said the following on the subject.
If the Wheel of Time remains a wheel the time will be cyclical. That's what cyclical time means.RJ had some similar quotes too. E.g. this one
This is pretty definitive about time remaining circular IMO. Time remaining circular is often linked to the DO
One of the thus far unanswered questions is who ratted out Egwene's plans to turn the harbor chain into cuendillar which led to Egwene's capture in CoT, ch 30.
I believe it was one or several of the five Sitters sent by the Tower Ajah heads to Salidar: Takima, Magla, Faiselle, Saroiya and Varilin.
Let's go through the list of possible suspects and examine each from the point of view of knowledge of Egwene's plans, motives, opportunity and evidence.
Part of the difficulty here is that a lo
It's a well established theory that Rand will have to die and come back to life before the end of the Last Battle. There are many clues in support of this theory and I believe in it fully so I won't bother presenting arguments for it.
The interesting question for me is how exactly Rand is going to die (and come back to life). The idea I'll present occurred to me recently when I was writing up my impressions on Chapter 1 of AMOL.
There are a number of prophecies, viewings, dreams and foretellin
In short I believe that Moiraine and Co were baited into using the Eye of the World prematurely by Ishy in order to speed up the destruction of the seals on the DO's prison.
Many of the ideas here are not due to me originally. I'll try to give appropriate links when I can.
The original purpose of the Eye was never explained. We are simply told that it's supposed to be used for "the greatest need the world would ever face" (tEoTW, ch 52). Here is how it ended up being used.
First the general impression. I was very glad to see chapter 1 released as I was starved for new material and developments. But the chapter itself is just so-so from the literary perspective. Basically ok but nothing I'll want to reread just for the pleasure of it. The writing seems rushed at times and BS seems to be having difficulties handling so many major characters at once. In some places it feels little more than slightly thickened plot outline - this character did that and moved there.
Some general comments and impressions first. Overall the prologue is so so. Not too bad but not too good either. It is certainly much weaker than the TOM prologue. That one had some of my favorite scenes in the whole series: the Apples first and the borderlander Tower scene. Nothing in the aMoL prologue comes anywhere close to either of those in terms of writing. My favorite part is probably the Isam POV. Some nice lines there. Nothing else really grabbed me though.
My biggest complaint abou
Brandon Sanderson recently commented on twitter that some major things in aMoL that have not been guessed.
Here is a loony theory to possibly "fill the gap".
I've been thinking about parallels between WoT and Arthurian myths (most are, of course, well known and rather obvious) and it occurred to me that Galad might have some rather interesting role to play based on that.
His most obvious parallel is, of course, sir Galahad but I think that he just might have some strange parallel to M
What exactly did Rand see here?Sounds like some sort of mechanical device for shooting spears? Is it ever explained later?
Mat's rules of lifeThat's great!
Shaido seem to be a much larger clan than the rest. So the Shaido have about the same number of people as the 4 other clans not with Rand Shiande, the Codarra, the Daryne, and the Miagoma. and 7 clans with Rand have only about twice as many people as the Shaido. Even counting the influx of brotherless from other clans, the Shaido se
Sorilea in Ch 23: I quite liked her. I wonder if she will really turned out to be a DF.
In FoH, Ch 25 Egwene mentions that both Moiraine and Rand shield their dreams so she can not peek in. yet none of the Wise Ones appear to shield their dreams and Egwene doesn't shield hers. Lanfear does mention that they at least tryBut Lanfear doesn't mention which Wise Ones those were. Perhaps those were the Wise Ones that can channel but can not dreamwalk. At least when Egwene describes how the dreams o
How does Fain know that the Horn is in the Tower? He is being very vague about his sources. Whoever among the Aes Sedai knows about the Horn's location would never discuss it anywhere somebody could hear. And very few of them would know of it anyway so if Fain kidnapped some random Aes Sedai to question she could not tell him anything about it.
In FoH, Ch4 the maidens play a game called a Thousand Flowers, laying out patterns of bits of stone carved with different symbols. I wonder what thi
WARNING: AMOL spoilers ahead.
These are some loony theories I've seen on DM. I wanted to list them all primarily for historical purposes, not to insult anybody.
There have been some loony theories in the past (at least I thought them loony) that turned out to be true. I remember thinking that the idea of Graendal surviving the destruction of Natrin's Barrow was totally nuts. However, I didn't put that down on paper and now when I think of it I sometimes believe that I actually had some d
There are some frustrating timeline issues in ToM and tGS that make it difficult to verify some interesting theories like the Nakomi=Verin theory. I mentioned that in my post on Nakomi.
Most notably, this relates to Verin's and Mat's timelines. I went so far as to complain about it to BS on twitter so I feel the need to lay down the evidence.
There seem to be contradictions in how many days passed between Mat's meeting with Verin and Rand's transformation on Dragonmount. By one calc
BS mentioned on his twitter feed that Perrin was in part based on the ancient Slavic thunder god Perun.
I've looked up some info on Perun and there are indeed a number of striking parallels. Unfortunately, since there are many forms of the myths about Perun varying greatly with time and place, different sources seem to give very different information.
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Perun's sacred animal (some sources say an
Things I believe will happen in AoL. These are in random order
Androl links with Pevara and defeats the dreamspike in the BT (95% sure).
Egwene gets collared again by the Seanchan, Tuon herself tries to break her down and fails (65%).
Fain will be instrumental in the final sealing of the Bore. His power will be used to touch the DO directly. LT said that something has to touch him and touching him with OP is a bad idea. Something similar to how Flinn healed Rand and how Rand cleansed sai
Ok, This is a long one with lots of pro and con arguments. I must admit I haven't completely made up my mind yet although I'm leaning strongly toward Taim=Moridin.
This theory seems to be pretty old and the earliest reference to it I can find is by Linda at the thirteenth depository. I borrowed a number of arguments from her page. I even asked Linda to clarify some points and she helpfully obliged.
First, let's establish who Taim is not.
He is not Demandred. This is proved in-story in
Alviarin killed Carlinya
There is some confusion about a viewing that Min had about Carlinya:
Carlinya died in the fight against Black Ajah in ToM with this viewing seemingly unfulfilled. Some people have thought that this must be a plot mistake yet BS claimed that this is not the case. So what does it mean and what happened?
Here is my guess on this one. It was Alviarin who killed Carliniya. Alviarin was there at the fight in TAR.
She is even mentioned by name when Saerin r
The current Mazrim Taim is an impostor.
I'm still not sure if he is Moridin or not but I'm quite sure that he is not the original Taim who declared himself the Dragon. I believe that can be proved beyond any doubt without deciding on Taim's true identity. I posted about it on the forums and I want to lay out my arguments here.
1. Bashere does not recognize Taim when Taim first shows up. That's extremely suspicious all by itself. And not just because Bashere really ought to reco
The short answer is - I don't know.
The long answer is that there are several theories that I find at least somewhat plausible. There are some that I find completely implausible (such as Nakomi is Jenn) so I won't discuss them here.
Before discussing the theories let me say that whoever Nakomi is I'm pretty certain that the encounter takes place in TAR.
There are several clues for that. First, the food cooks impossibly quickly. That's rather hard to do in real world. Also, the food tas
Can Egwene ward her dreams? She never does even as Amyrlin. That certainly helps Anran'gar. Does it interfere with Dreaming and/or dreamwalking?
When Egwene first meets Amys in TSR, Ch 11, Amys follows her to Tachico. How did she do it? Could she "smell" her trail much like Perrin and the wolves can? Or is her ability similar to how Birgitte does it by following ripples left by people in TAR (FoH, Ch 14)? This is never made clear.
What is this "more besides" that Melaine is talking about?
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