I'll be posting blog thoughts as I re-read WOT in anticipation of the AMOL release. Some will be in line with Leigh Butler's re-read at tor.com, other blog posts will be at random.
One thing that jumped out at me from Chapter 4-how did Thom know Padan Fain from before they both appeared in Emond's Field? Perhaps it was in Thom's various travels, but I found that quite interesting on this re-read.
The LOTR flavor is unavoidable in these first chapters, but you can already sense Jordan making his own path. Chapter 9 is a tour-de-force, between Rand's vision at the beginning of the chapter, completed by Moiraine's telling of the fall of Manetheren. Great stuff.