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Amazon reveals Tam's sword


Jason Denzel
  • Amazon's official WoTonPrime social media revealed a short video featuring Tam's sword.


Amazon's official WoTonPrime social media accounts revealed today a brief video showcasing Tam al'Thor's iconic heron-marked sword. The video showed how the sword went through its design phase to becoming an actual prop seen in the show.

 

 

 

This is the first official glimpse of a notable prop seen in the show. 

 

The sword seen here is almost certainly the heron-marked sword that's prominently featured in the books.

 

About Tam's sword (spoilers for books 1-2)

In the Wheel of Time books, Tam al'Thor, Rand's adoptive father, received a heron-marked sword during his time as a soldier. Tam al'Thor is played by Game of Thrones alumni actor Michael McElhatton. (View all of the announced cast here.)

 

The heron marking on the blade indicates that he reached the rank of a blade master. At the beginning of the book series, which takes place approximately 20 years after he earned the sword, Tam has long retired the blade to his attic. He gives it to Rand on Winternight because he fears ominous danger lurking near their remote home. Rand keeps the sword for the duration of his adventures in the first two novels. The sword is ultimately destroyed during his battle with Ba'alzamon over the city of Falme. 

 

The sword seen in this video is likely to feature a prominent role in season 1 of Amazon's Wheel of Time TV show

 

 

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So amazing! What a great representation, and seeing the concept art was cool.

 

Thanks Jason!

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3 hours ago, Elgee said:

I like the music.

oh my gosh! a lot of folks hoped that was from the series, it was a great choice.

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On 12/2/2020 at 6:05 PM, Tamaska2000 said:

Such a disappointment 

Agreed. They highlight the text from the book, then ignore the line which mentions it has short braided quillons, ("Short quillons, worked to look like braids, flanked the hilt.") not a tsuba. As I recall it's also meant to come to a point, more like a Swiss sabre than a katana (at least that's how it's always been drawn). This is hardly unique, and though it looks pretty enough, it's just a katana, there are a billion of these, and most of them are generic knock off crap. Tam's sword was a more unique design, simply because you don't see crossguards on a slightly curved blade, with a long hilt. It's a more rare conformation of sword elements, and it suggests something more of another world than just y'know a famous Japanese sword design (even though it's really just a Swiss sword design, it's a rare one). I mean there have been illustrations of the damn sword in books for years! This should have been one of the easy things to get right. Sigh... 

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I believe I might have said this a few times and will repeat myself here: 

 

We must let go of all the tiny details that are not 100% right. No book to TV transfer has ever been done in such a way and Wheel of Time will be no different. Let’s not hold this to a unreasonable standard no one has yet to meet. 

 

I’m so happy that in the time that we are in, this project didn’t get canceled and we have a show that I think most of us have been dreaming for. It has Brandon Sanderson and Harriet McDougall working on it and I know that means we will get a superb story for us to enjoy.  
 

The music is a bit Pirate’s of the Caribbean for me. 😁

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i'm sort of sad that we got just another katana - doesn't really follow the books at all.

 

Looking forward, if they proceed with the series into the other books - how will he be branded without the herons on the hilt? those are sort of defining moments of the early series, no?

 

Its a beautiful piece, but its not Tams sword, its just a heron marked katana ( a tsuba instead of quillions, missing a point, no herons on the hilt)

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I didn't really expect a katana.  I always pictured the "heron mark" to actually be stamped into the blade.  Really, anything glued onto the blade (especially near the hilt) is going to be knocked off - or severely damaged - in the first sword fight.  Maybe that's what happened with the one sitting on the work bench in the picture?  LOL!

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18 hours ago, Mike_B_SVT said:

I didn't really expect a katana.  I always pictured the "heron mark" to actually be stamped into the blade.  Really, anything glued onto the blade (especially near the hilt) is going to be knocked off - or severely damaged - in the first sword fight.  Maybe that's what happened with the one sitting on the work bench in the picture?  LOL!

Maybe, maybe not. Some swords have had stuff like that as decorative elements, but I too pictured it as engraved into the blade. Also, is it not supposed to be present on the hilt? I mean he gets the heron's burned into his palms...sigh. There are lots of things that will have to be, and perhaps should be, altered for adaptation. But sticking to tangible and clearly described images, and symbolism of objects in the world should be one of the easy things. Like, you don't have to get the outfits right, or what colour cloak someone has, but an iconic sword? That should be right, y'know? 

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1 hour ago, Lurklen said:

Also, is it not supposed to be present on the hilt? I mean he gets the heron's burned into his palms...sigh.

 

Like, you don't have to get the outfits right, or what colour cloak someone has, but an iconic sword? That should be right, y'know? 

Oh yeah!  I thought maybe I was mis-remembering that burned palms thing.

IMO, it would make sense to put the Heron's on the hilt.  It would advertise: "this is a skilled swordsman".  And it would be in plain sight, instead of AFTER you draw your sword... 

"It's on now! ...OH!  Um, hang on a sec.  So sorry man, I didn't realize you were Master!  How about we call off this little squabble, ok?"

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TIL: Robert Jordan had a "copy" of Rand's Heron-mark sword created and it is on display in a permanent exhibit at the Daniel Library of The Citadel in Charleston, SC.

http://archives.library.cofc.edu/findingaids/mss0197.html

^way down near the bottom under #5 Marketing & Promotional items -> Artifacts.


Looks like they also have Perrin's axe, among other cool goodies.

 

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find any pictures to compare with the Amazon version.  Maybe someone else's Google-fu will prevail.

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5 hours ago, Mike_B_SVT said:

TIL: Robert Jordan had a "copy" of Rand's Heron-mark sword created and it is on display in a permanent exhibit at the Daniel Library of The Citadel in Charleston, SC.

http://archives.library.cofc.edu/findingaids/mss0197.html

^way down near the bottom under #5 Marketing & Promotional items -> Artifacts.


Looks like they also have Perrin's axe, among other cool goodies.

 

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find any pictures to compare with the Amazon version.  Maybe someone else's Google-fu will prevail.

So this was the replica I knew of, which was approved by Jordan, though I don't think it was meant to be Tam's sword, but rather the one from like the map logo. http://www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=500058

It has it's own issues, but is closer to how they're described (and uses more elements from historical sources, other than just the katana, which makes sense to me as Randland is a fusion of physical cultures).

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