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Dear Everyone,

 

He has gone where pain and suffering are no more.

 

Whenever he was able to be at the computer, he checked the blog first thing. Your e-mails REALLY MATTERED to him. He loved them ... and I think in some sense he loved you all.

 

I never thanked you for all my birthday messages, but I do now. We had a nice party...about a dozen people, ranging in age from 4 months to 82 years, sitting around the dining room table which had been covered with lots of newspaper, picking our own lovely boiled local shrimp, eating corn on the cob and homemade biscuits , and later eating watermelon; a good deal of white wine went down our gullets, too. I should add, no cooking was done by me. My dearest first cousin, also named Harriet (we're both named for her mother), did it all, just about.

 

It was a happy time. Jim made it so.

 

He came like the wind, like the wind touched everything, and like the wind was gone.

 

These are words Jim said to me several books ago, in the weary but always thrilling hours of putting the manuscript to bed, ready to carry to New York in the morning -- I remember grabbing a piece of discarded script and scrawling those words up the margin, because they were so beautiful. He was talking about Rand. I of course am not.

 

I know he touched all of you. Thanks for being there.

 

Here is his final interview, given to the local newspaper. Notice the date:

 

Robert Jordan aims to get back on feet

By Bill Thompson

 

Thursday,September 13, 2007

 

Jim Rigney intends to "keep marching to the horizon." Stage One is getting back on his feet.

 

Known to millions of readers as Robert Jordan, the best-selling author of "The Wheel of Time" fantasy series continues to cross swords with the rare blood disease amyloidosis, a progressive disorder he was first diagnosed with in December 2005 at the Medical University of South Carolina.

 

Subsequently, the author has been undergoing treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

 

Rigney reports that with the help of the Mayo Clinic, he is keeping things under control.

 

"My numbers are still good, in the normal range. We will be going back up to the Mayo in about a month and we'll see what the status is. Now I just have to get my foot healed up so I have a chance of getting out of this wheelchair. Strange to think that my foot, of all things, would be giving me the most trouble. It's getting better, but unfortunately the amyloidosis makes healing go very slowly.

 

"When I get the foot better then I can start on the process of walking again. I hope to do this in another two or three months."

 

While there has been no improvement in heart function and no change in his overall prognosis as of June, Rigney says improvement remains possible. And he's determined.

 

"I've got promises to keep."

 

And he did march, guys. He marched toward that horizon until he crossed it, where we cannot follow yet.

 

The word now, the only possible word, is Onward.

 

Go for it. With love.

 

Consider yourselves hugged.

Harriet

 

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Guest Anthony Cannon

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I am a member of the USAF serving overseas in Spain. I just heard about your loss and am deeply saddened. A friend told me about The Wheel of Time Series about 6 years ago and I have been a fan ever since. I have never seen such a following for an author and I always feel a special bond whenever I go out in the world and see some one on a bus or on a plane reading one of the books from the series. You are not alone your loss, your grief is felt around the world. He is loved and will be missed.

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Harriet, thoughts and prayers with you as you cope with this huge loss.Completing the saga will I'm sure be therapeutic and bring you satisfaction.

 

I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Jordan in Auckland, and of taking my son (then 16)and his friend to get their WOT history books signed, a very positive experience for them. The WOT with its rich style and spell-binding plot moved my son at 13 years from a reading age of 12 to 16 in 3 months!! sparking in him the joy of reading and making him a reader for life!!

 

Matt's his favourite, Rand is mine. The WOT will always shine, it's fantastic!

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I hope and pray that the fantasy genre doesn't disappear with the last great author. My writing will be dedicated to the bard that wrote the tales that inspired me. I drink to you, James.

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One day in study hall (back in the high school days) I picked up a random book from a shelf in the back of the classroom and started reading. It was Eye of the World. I didn't expect much when I picked it, just something to pass an hour. The book never made it back to the shelf, and I haven't been able to put the series down since (some 4 or 5 readings later).

 

I am deeply saddened by your loss, and the loss of the rest of the world. He was truly a master, creating such an in-depth world so rich in color and emotion that it lived and breathed in a way that too many stories today do not. This world will miss him, and the next world has received a rich gift. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family, friends, and the rest of us "People of the Dragon".

 

Regard this fleeting world like this:

Like stars fading and vanishing at dawn,

like bubbles on a fast-moving stream,

like morning dewdrops evaporating on blades of grass,

like a candle flickering in a strong wind,

echoes, mirages, and phantoms, hallucinations, and like a dream.

-Buddhist Proverb

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I don't think there are any words that could be written to describe such a great and gifted man. While his family will never forget him because they knew him, the world will never forget him because he lives on in his books. He is Rand, he is Mat and Perrin, Egwene and Moiraine; he is the Weaver that created a world that has harbored magic and truth and tradegy and life. By sharing his world with us, he provided a home for people many times the world over. I don't think there is much else honor greater than sharing your world with others.

Thank you, Robert Jordan. For everything.

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I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. I have loved his writing since I first found one of his books in 2003. I have read those books seven times and will re read them again and again. They, like the LOTR's series gave me hope and joy and sometimes tears but mostly gave me courage. I'm agoraphobic and suffer from Post traumatic Stress syndrone and after reading their books I began to write myself. I am, of course, not an author but your husband's writing inspired me that maybe I have a purpose in life. Each character in his book came to life for me so also did my imagination. It has been wonderful therapy for me and has helped me so much. I am so very very sorry and I truly pray for you and that your heart will come to be comforted somehow. You and your husband has blessed me so many times by your books. He was INDEED a great man. I pray for God's blessings on you now. Sincerely, Mary Lou

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I held off posting anything here for a long time. I didn't really know your husband, and yet, through his work, I felt I had met a profoundly gifted, caring, creative man. Surely the beauty of such a world that has touched so many could only come from a truly noble soul. I It seems strange to feel as if I've lost an old friend, and yet I never had the opportunity to meet him personally. I sorrow for your loss, surely we (those who knew James only through his books) can only glimpse, can only feel a whisper of what all those of you family and personal friends must be feeling right now. And yet, the loss is real. He will be missed.

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Guest Stephen Flatley

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Your Husband was Brilliant and Inspiring, it was a joy to read his books. His imagination and skill was truly The One Power.

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Guest Christine Yates

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I am deeply sorry for your loss. Just today I heard of your husbands passing. Your husband spun a DAMN GOOD TALE, one you could get lost in. What a world he created. When next the ‘Horn of Valere’ sounds, one more hero will ride forth.

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I have to admit that my first thought was selfish. All I really want to say is everything, but I'm going to say thankyou instead. THANK-YOU. From the person I am deep inside. So in the words of my husband who thinks he's Yoda: Grateful I am for finding my Lan. Sorrow I feel for losing this time on the wheel with you. Knowledge I have that I shall learn from you again.

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I hear only today of your loss, I'm so sorry. I offer my condolences to you, your family and friends. He will be missed.

 

Rest in peace, Mr. Rigney.

 

Untill the next turn of the Wheel.

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I just found out about your loss. Please accept my condolences. Your husband's books has gotten me through many rough spots in my life. At times, his books were the only things that made me smile. I am deeply deeply sorry for your loss. Your husband will be missed.

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Guest Stephanie Barrow

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I just found out today that Mr. Jordan passed away. I am truly sorry for your loss, the world has lost a wonderful writer who had an unbelievable imagination. I met him at a book signing right after my father had passed away, and it was the first thing I had done

that gave me pleasure and took my mind off of my father. For that I will always be grateful.

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Guest Michael Lasher

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How do you express the sorrow you feel when you learn of the passing of a person you never met but feel you knew so well. Someone who made you stay awake late at night because you simply couldn't put the book down. Someone who could make all your troubles vanish like they never exsisted. Someone who took you to the edge and then made you realize that the edge had been moved beyond your wildest dreams!

 

I am so sorry for you loss Ms. Harriet, yours and the rest of your families. For it was all of you who knew him best, you knew his heart and the kind of man he was. To his fans he was a master story teller, but to you he was husband, father, uncle, ect. Your loss cuts so much deeper than any loss we feel. God must have great need for the best story teller of all for he has called him home. God bless him and welcome home. I'm sure right this very moment our Heavenly Father is listening to how Rand is going to defeat "The Dark One" and make the world a better place.

 

To "Robert Jordan" thank you for removing many days of stress and worry from my heart and mind. Thank you for everything and may you always "find water and shade" The world isn't quite as bright, the rain is a little colder, the wind blows a little harder, and the hills a little steeper BUT I will climb the hills, wear a rain coat, spit into the wind (and wipe it off) and take a flashlight cause your strength in fighting your illness show me (hopefully everyone) no matter how bad it gets, you never give up.

 

You are missed by millions of fans and by your family who I am sure misses you most. God Bless.

 

Mike

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I am an educator, and have been out of touch with RJ's struggle since the school year began September 4th here in Wisconsin. Only today, I learned of his passing. It is impossible to say what I am feeling. I raise a glass of Chardonnay in his memory.

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Im greatly saddened to hear of the passing of such a great man.

At school I am made fun of but I have found an escape in his books.

he was such an awesome writer the world is a lesser place with out him

you have my condolences

 

may we meet on the next turn

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A voice has left this world. I am saddened for this loss but I am happy that I did have the opportunity to listen. For most of my adult life I have been an avid reader of the "Wheel of Time". It was and will always be one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing so much with us.

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To be able to sympathize with characters and feel an emotional bond with them is a rare talent. I am sad that we will never get to know more from him. I would have liked to have known his thought processes and life experiences that led him to be able to write with so much knowledge and understanding of how people can feel in different situations. Greatly enjoyed his books on the American Revolution. I am very happy that chance led me to encounter such a remarkable mind and talented individual.

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Dear Harriet,

I started reading the Wheel of Time ten years ago and from the start I felt that I knew your husband. His imagination was as rich and fertile a ground as has ever been. This only emphasizes my thoughts that his home ife must have been amazing. I can only offer my condolences for your loss, he is one of he great authors of the last hundred years, and we will all miss him. You were his inspiration, and for that I offer my humblest of thanks.

 

 

Very sincerely

Simon

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Guest Thomas Stephens

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I first picked up The Eye of the World when I was in the 9th grade, it's been almost 6 years later and I've read the series through 3 times so far. I had stopped checking the websites, so I didn't find out about his death until last night. He was able to capture my imagination like no author ever has before, he will be sorely missed.

 

Sincerely,

Thomas Stephens

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I first started reading his art in 1996. He touched off my imagination and helped my whole family,get better connected through his books.The world has lost a freind and a source of inspiration.May he always find shade and water in his afterlife.

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Harriet,

 

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face to shine on you. I know how empty words are, or can be, in a time of grief. I just hope that you have what you need to deal with each day. I pray a great deal of grace, love, light, and peace come your way. My deepest, most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. I wish there was something I could do or say to ameliorate your heart ache and pain. Thank you for your incredibly classy, brave, and warm communiques with the Wheel of Time community.

 

Be blessed,

 

Mark

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i have read jims work for the past 5 years and ave read them probably 8 times they have gotten me through some of the worst times in my life and lead to some of the best i hope this dosent sound corny but i love u jim and thank you for everything

and to harriet stay strong and i hope in all my heart that i will meet you one day to thank you face to face.

 

peace, and may you be sheltered in the palm of the creator

jake Bersie

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I am so shocked and saddened to learn of his passing. I've been an avid fan of Robert Jordons from the very first book of the World of Times series. I had just moved to a new city in 1990 and knew not a soul and finding myself quite lonely, stumbled upom his first book 'The Eye Of The World' . I was instantly entralled with Jordons unique way of breathing life into his characters..laughing uproariously at Matts antics to cursing Nynaeve and Egwenes foolishness. I admit to rereading all the World Of Time books over and over while waiting for Jordons newest book to come out..

Rest in PEACE sir..and God Bless You for bringing the light to this reader.

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