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Loial's book


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How important do you think his book will be in aMoL?

 

The way RJ used to write with all the prologues written as if by somebody actually IN Randland, makes me think that Loial's book may end up being more valuable than it so far has been.

 

Think of the movie, Saving Private Ryan... There's the main characters, and then there's the 'observer' character that becomes sort of a backdrop for the movie. He walks among the gravestones 50 years later and then the movie is about his memory of events.

 

Perhaps Loial's character is the same type of 'observer' character, who chronicles events and when all is said and done.. The novel will end with Loial closing his book and saying "...And that is the story of Rand Al'thor, the Dragon Reborn..."

 

They did that in Lord of the Rings too.

 

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I believe that Loial's book will simply be the chronicer og the end of the Third Age and TG. It will be cited and read in the begiining of the Fourth Age. Eventually it will be lost and forgotten the actions and people it describe will become Legend and then Myth and thn finally forgotten before the Third Age comes again.

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Truth be told, if the last book ends with Loial or someone else saying, "And that is the story of the Dragon Reborn," or some such, I will go insane. I will rip my hair out. Imo, it just isn't a fitting ending for an epic fantasy series spanning a dozen novels. I'm not saying that the ending has to be extremely grandiose, but I just don't think that what you suggest would be a good way to finish off the series.

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I believe it won't, myself. Though i don't doubt Loial's working on the latest edition of the Karaethon Cycle, there's too many personal POV's of people he's never met and has no way of knowing about to make that a feasible option.

 

I think he'll be mentioned in the epilogue though, finishing the work on his book, but not that the WoT series IS the book he's writing. I agree it would seen... anticlimatic.

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How important do you think his book will be in aMoL?

 

The way RJ used to write with all the prologues written as if by somebody actually IN Randland, makes me think that Loial's book may end up being more valuable than it so far has been.

 

Think of the movie, Saving Private Ryan... There's the main characters, and then there's the 'observer' character that becomes sort of a backdrop for the movie. He walks among the gravestones 50 years later and then the movie is about his memory of events.

 

Perhaps Loial's character is the same type of 'observer' character, who chronicles events and when all is said and done.. The novel will end with Loial closing his book and saying "...And that is the story of Rand Al'thor, the Dragon Reborn..."

 

They did that in Lord of the Rings too.

 

Your thoughts?

There is a theory of the book ending with Loial something like "It was not the end, for there are neither endings nor beginnings in the Wheel of Time, but it a ending" or something like that. There's also one of Loial just closing the book. Another one, though irrelevant to the conversation, is "I win again Lew Therin."

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i have a feeling it'll be involved in the epilogue.  as for us 'reading' from the book this whole time, i don't believe it.

 

ps, saving private ryan WAS NOT 'viewed' through the memories of the old man.  the old man WAS private ryan.  he was definitely not there with the rescue group as they travelled through normandy to find him.

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