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  1. Yes, I think so too! This was a theory of mine from a ways back in the books. I thought it rather confirmed by how Egwene died, and the weave she created that only killed channelers who had gone to the shadow. I'm surprised by people who think that the "anti-balefire" weave was ridiculous. Doesn't anybody else remember what happened when Eldrene died? She drew more power into herself than she could channel, and sent a weave out that killed all of the dreadlords. It's happened before. J
  2. I am a Man and I was horrified at that moment . This. I literally stood up, put the book down and walked around going, "No, no, no, no, no!!!" for a bit before I was able to pick it back up and keep reading. J
  3. That was the very first thing I thought of! I LOVE the idea. Would be fascinating to read about, but we're not going to see any other books it looks like. J
  4. I haven't been able to secure a copy yet but my fingers are itching to get one. So I will post my big theories/predictions here before I do so, as this is the last time for me to get in a big prediction before the end. If by some miracle I end up being right on some of this, I absolutely have not read AMoL yet, just the prologue/1st chapter. I also haven't spent a lot of time pouring over the forums here so if these theories have been hashed out already please let me know. I don't have quotes/citations but I remember that at some point Moridin is talking with Rand in the dream and he mentions "the three of us..." There's another prophecy somewhere that talks about "the three become one." Here's my big theory: there are three main iterations of the Dragon, not just two. Lews Therin is one, Rand is one, but who is the third? Well, I was thinking about it again last night while reading TDR and I think.. hear me out on this... Moridin/Ishamael may be the third. It's not just that Rand and Lews Therin are the same person, but that Rand, Lews Therin, and Moridin are the same person. Moridin/Ishamael is the Dragon who fell to the Shadow; the Betrayer of Hope in its fullest sense. Men hope in the Dragon, and sometimes he falls to the shadow. Moridin/Ishamael is an iteration of the fallen Dragon. And I agree with those here who speculate that he will go back over to the Light. I think that the tension > merge that happened between LT/Rand will happen with Rand/Morodin. Rand will give his life, his soul will fully merge with Morodin in some way to perfectly shield the DO. The tough part in this is that Ishamael and Lews Therin existed at the same time. Which raises a bunch of issues, but what if it has to do with the Shadow? What if there can be a darkfriend version of you alive at the same time you are? Carrying that theory over to others, I have long had a theory that Ilyena = Elayne. What if there are three iterations of not just the Dragon, but of all of the Heroes of the Horn? Who would be the third for Ilyena/Elayne? What if it is one of the Forsaken? Which one carries some of her traits? I'm probably way out in left field but it's interesting to me so I thought I'd post it. I think HotH that are currently born out and are living won't show up when the horn is sounded. If that's true, Gaidal won't show up when the horn is sounded because he's been born out. Nor will Birgitte, unless she dies before the horn is sounded. But I think that our heroes that die will be revealed as HotH when the horn is sounded. Also, HotH seem to have knowledge of the "true selves" of other heroes when they meet them. Hawkwing knew Rand as Lews Therin. I think the HotH will reveal other heroes when the horn is sounded, whether by heroes identifying other heroes that have been born out, or people who have died that show up as heroes. Not saying exactly that I think they will all die, but here's my prediction of who turns out to be HotH: Mat & Perrin definitely. Hopper, Egwene, Elayne, Hurin (who will die doing something incredibly heroic), Aviendha, Nyneave, Lan, Ingtar, and Verin. That brings up an interesting question. Can HotH end up darkfriends? If so, who among the Forsaken might be a HotH that hasn't been revealed? Or the fallen iterations of the HotH? Anyway, I'll close it here. Can't wait to get AMoL so I can see how wrong I am and if I guessed at least something right. :) I'm staying completely away from the full spoiler forum. Jason Hackwith
  5. Luckers, I find myself agreeing with everything in your post. I think that most of the female Aes Sedai's problems stem from their incompleteness. They are, after all, only half of the legendary Hall of the Servants. When Rand cleansed saidin, every reason they had for remaining an entity separate from male Aes Sedai was dissolved. I think that in A Memory of Light, the White Tower will merge with the true Black Tower (guided by Rand) and become once again the legendary Hall of the Servants. Rand is, after all, the only male Aes Sedai to have survived the Breaking without going over to the Shadow. That knowledge of the Hall of the Servants in the Age of Legends is so important to resolving the issues facing both towers. We read all the way back in the first books that Rand would conquer under the united sign of the Aes Sedai , the Flame of Tar Valon and the Dragon's Fang united into one. I think that means more than just a symbol on a banner. I think it means the united Hall of the Servants. Egwene as the leader of the women, Logain as the leader of the men; perhaps both united as two Firsts Among Servants. Or maybe another will rise up to be First Among Servants. And in Towers of Midnight, Rand's message to Logain was that he wasn't a weapon. That he was just a man. That implies to me that the key to uniting the towers (and perhaps even the defeat of the Dark One) may be found in the Way of the Leaf. After all, the Jenn Aiel (the true dedicated) were servants of the Aes Sedai, and they followed the Way of the Leaf. Great discussion and I'm looking forward to hearing what everybody else thinks.
  6. I agree with starvinator; I've always pictured Imelda Staunton in my head when I read about Elaida. She's the one who played Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter movies. Put too much makeup on her for that slightly pinched, ageless look and I think she'd be perfect.
  7. It's been said so many times already, but the Cleansing had me sitting straight up in my chair with my eyes wide the first time I read it, muttering "omigod, omigod" under my breath. One of Jordan's most epic scenes in an epic series.
  8. I'm amazed that it took this long for someone to say it. That was my first and only thought as to who it was. Prehaps a English literary major would be better at breaking down the scene to prove that this was your standard 'Visitation from God' scene that appears across a range of literary artforms but I'll try. 1. Young character is taking a personal journey to learn more about herself, and to prove herself worthy of leadership among her people. 2. She's travelling through harsh terrain alone. 3. She meets a wise old (in this case) women who appears out of practically nowhere one night. 4. Wise old women provides sage advice that challanges young characters view of the world. 5. Wise old women soon disappears leaving no trace of her existence despite young character being an expert tracker. 6. Young character has an epiphany resulting from sage advice. This rings true to me. The tropes you mentioned are definitely there, and the advice Nakomi gives seems far to helpful to Aviendha to be a DF or Forsaken plot.
  9. It's been mentioned before, of course, that Perrin's hammer is much like Thor's hammer. But did you know what the real name of Thor's Hammer was? Miöllnir, sometimes spelled Mjöllner. Obviously Mah'alleinir is Jordan's tribute to Miöllnir, and Jordan was quite versed on Nordic mythology, as has been discussed elsewhere. But I rather think there might be yet another connection here. I was reading "On Fairy-Stories" this evening, J.R.R. Tolkien's fascinating essay. You can find it published in "A Tolkien Miscellany" right after Farmer Giles of Ham. The following sentence jumped out at me: "Let us take what looks like a clear case of Olympian nature-myth, the Norse god Thórr. His name is Thunder, of which Thórr is the Norse form; and it is not difficult to interpret his hammer, Miöllnir, as lightning." Wikipedia has a fairly decent article on the lightning-hammer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mj%C3%B6llnir According to Wikipedia, Mjölnir simply means "crusher", referring to its pulverizing effect, but Mjölnir might also be related to the Russian word молния (molniya) and the Welsh word mellt (both words being translated as "lightning"). I'm certain this is what Tolkien the philologist meant when he said that it isn't difficult to interpret Miöllnir as meaning lightning. It's not much of a leap to guess that the "warmth" that Perrin experiences when he wields Mah'alleinir is going to be fairly searing toward Shadowspawn in the Battle to come. Can't wait to see what Jordan came up with.
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