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Why did Lews Therin sheath the sword?


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Why sheath the sword instead of, in rage, trying to go for Ishy one last time(even tho it would be in vain)? Does it matter?

 

And how come Ishy was angry and thought of it as "escaping", and knowing it was not done yet?

Does he know, or think, that LT must do something more for the Dark to make the finishing move? At this point, It seems to me that it should, for Ishy, eem like a major victory?

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Complete and utter despair for what he had done. LT had just killed every single person carrying his blood, his whole family. Being crazy was his only protection against the horror. When Ishamael gave him a moment of sanity the guilt was to much and he destroyed himself to end the pain.

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"Sheathing the sword" is a tactical move, relevant to any sort of battle and not necessarily sword-fight. It is a desperate move, that involves leaving an opening in your defense -- inviting the enemy to attack you -- and accepting damage to yourself in order to inflict maximum damage on your enemy.

We see it used twice, once by Rand and the other by Gawyn. In both cases it was a last resort, when the fighter was at the end of his strength and had to end the fight immediately.

 

LLT, in horror and despair of his actions, wanting to end his pain, took his own life.

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