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Instead of rereading the wheel of time book I just bought the audiobooks and I noticed that the Towers of Midnight was mentioned in The Great Hunt. Does Brandon Sanderson gave the ToM title for the book or it was orginally from Robert Jordan?

 

 

 

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Towers of Midnight does not exactly come from tGH. It has various meanings.

 

Foremost it is the Forsaken as the Towers of Midnight, as in Egwene's dream.

 

Brandon certainly knew about Imfaral and would have certainly been a part of the decision, however, it was not exclusively made with this in mind.

 

It was originally to be called the 3 towers, a play on LotR, when the book revolved around the ToG, WT and BT. SO that was also a part of the decision.

 

As mentioned, it was originally to be one book. AMOL is the title RJ gave, and they are sticking with it for the final volume, tGS was a title Harriet came up with, and ToM was Brandon's decision to make. So in that respect, it wasn't as if the title was always going to be used.

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There haven't been too many titles past the first 3 that really say what the book is about.

1) Eye of the World: Relevant as that is where the book ends and the major climax occurs

2) The Great Hunt: Relevant as the main plot is about reclaiming the horn

3) The Dragon Reborn: the point where Rand truly takes on the role at the end.

4) The Shadow Rising: kinda relevant. Lots happen in this book that set up the next several.

5) The Fires of Heaven: Not sure what this refers to.

6) Lord of Chaos: Other than the Demandred POV in the beginning not much here either.

7) A Crown of Swords: refers to the Laurel crown.

8) Path of Daggers: not much, and the main "dagger" character (Mat) isn't even in the book.

9) Winters Heart: It takes place in winter?

10) Crossroads of Twilight: Got me on this one.

11) Knife of Dreams: Refers to Egwene

12) The Gathering storm: Refers to the start of the end

13) Towers of Midnight: Not sure how they played a big role here, especially considering that they are in Seanchan.

14) A Memory of light: we shall see

 

This isn't to say that the titles are bad. I kind of like them and think they are cool, fun titles. They just don't always tell much about what the story is about, even to those familiar with the series.

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This isn't to say that the titles are bad. I kind of like them and think they are cool, fun titles. They just don't always tell much about what the story is about, even to those familiar with the series.
It helps in a lot of cases if you don't read them quite so literally. "On the heights all paths are paved with daggers." "Victory and defeat are alike a knife of dreams." Winter's Heart refers to Rand as much as the time of year ("in the heart of winter shall winter's heart be born"). The Towers of Midnight are also a symbolic reference to the Chosen. Most of the titles do make sense looked at like that.
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