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Wheel of Time FAQ Updated


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The Wheel of Time Frequently Asked Questions, or "WOTFAQ" for short, has just been updated. This document was originally started in 1993 by Erica Sadun to document WoT discussion that had taken place at rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan, a Wheel of Time newsgroup and probably the first place fans were discussing this series online. Over the years, the series and the discussions grew, and the FAQ did as well. It changed hands several times, finally ending in the hands of Leigh Butler.

 

Unfortunately, after her last update in 2004, Leigh was no longer able to maintain the FAQ, though it still remained online in several places. In early 2009, Leigh agreed to pass control of the WOTFAQ to Dragonmount. Jennifer Liang (that's me!) agreed to take it on as a project when she retired as an active member of Dragonmount's community staff.

 

Since the last update, three new Wheel of Time books have come out (New Spring, Knife of Dreams, The Gathering Storm), Robert Jordan started a blog, become seriously ill, and passed away, and Brandon Sanderson was chosen to complete it. Additionally, a lot has changed with the internet and how we use it.

 

Here are some notes on how to navigate the WOTFAQ:

 

The FAQ is divided into thematic sections. Section "Zero" is meta-content about the series, it's authors and it's publishing. Section One is about everything that touches on the Shadow, divided into subsections. Section Two is everything else, divided into subsections. Section Three is discussion of Jordan's historical and mythological inspirations, divided into subsections. Section Four is a discussion of prophecies and Foretellings, divided into subsections. Because of the large amount of material this version of the WOTFAQ had to update, those two sections are not current. Then there is a big skip to Section Ninety-Nine, which contains information about the publication history of the series. The reason for the off numbering is so that additional sections can be added (which is very likely in the next update), but still keeping this section last.

 

Many articles cover very old discussions from the early days of the series. Others are new discussions. An article that has new information added has "Updated" in in the title. One that was heavily re-written will be marked as "Revised." Articles that are entirely new to this version of the FAQ are marked "New".

 

The WOTFAQ is not meant to be comprehensive. This means there is a good chance your pet theory isn't included (unless of course your pet theory is shared by many).

 

The WOTFAQ does not have spoilers for Towers of Midnight. Yes, we know that means some articles are incorrect now. Deal with it.

 

Aside from fixing typos and other mistakes, the next update of the WOTFAQ is planned for 2011, before the publication of A MEMORY OF LIGHT.

 

Got all that? Good. You may read now. http://wotfaq.dragonmount.com/

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Thanks so much for taking the reins on this, Jenn! I've been looking forward to an updated version for YEARS. I'm sure it's amazing, looking forward to perusing it asap! That's really awesome of you to do this :)

 

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Been reading this since the old rec.arts.sf.... days. Glad to see it updated before TofM.

 

Thanks for all the hard work Jennifer!

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It's about time! :biggrin: I've been waiting for years to find out who this Dragon Reborn dude is!

 

Haha! But seriously, thanks for all your hard work, Jennifer. I can't wait to make the time to go by and check off all the newly advanced theories.

 

One week left to ToM!

 

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Wow, that's brilliant! I remember being a huge fan of the site, and was saddened when it started to fall behind. I'll definitely start using it again. Really, it and the Wotmania Faq were my "go to" places for information regarding.. anything.

 

Awesome.

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random comment, apologies if I'm in error here

 

wotfaq 4.6

Mat vanished, and it was Rand. Perrin thought it was Rand. He wore rags and a rough cloak, and a bandage covered his eyes.

 

Not fulfilled. Note that this resonates with Min's viewing of a beggar's staff around Rand. The bandaged eyes are reminiscent of the bandaged eyes of the "Fisher" figure in Moridin's sha'rah game.

 

ewot has the following @ TGS: Chapter 49:

Rand Travels to the gates of Ebou Dar. He spends the night at a Tinker camp outside the city and they are kind to him, giving him a cloak and a staff.

 

Thus fulfilling Perrin's Dream of Rand in a rags and a rough cloak with a bandage on his eyes (TSR,Ch53) and Min's viewing of him with a beggar's staff. (TEotW,Ch15) The bandages symbolize his blindness to his own moral bankruptcy.

 

Not to be nitpicky.. I'm actually curious as to what the general consensus is regarding whether this is considered fulfilled or not. If there's some thread I haven't read please let me know. Thanksies.

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YES!! YES!! YES!!! Jennifer, you FAQing ROCK!! Ha.. Can't wait to get some free time so I can dive in properly. It was amazing how much shit that I had discovered I missed from the books when I first read a version of this FAQ back in 98. Thanks for the work and the update.

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Thanks Jennifer!! I've been reading thru the FAQ's for years now and I appreciate all the hard work that went into updating the information.

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@Iphis. The prophecy section has not been updated. I started it, then got sidetracked on some wild theories about Egwene.

 

This probably won't happen until after ToM.

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