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  1. Amazon Prime announced today, as part of the Comic-Con at Home online event, that The Wheel of Time TV show will debut in November of this year. This comes in the wake of last week's announcement at JordanCon where show runner Rafe Judkins assured us that a full trailer would be coming "by the end of summer." The poster for the show was also revealed. It features Moiraine, played by Rosamund Pike, standing in front a waygate. The poster declares the show will be released "Nov 2021." The full Comic-Con event consisted of a pre-recorded interview with Rafe. He spoke of his personal connection to the Wheel of Time books, why they mattered to him, and what sets the series apart. He also said that when he began the process of adapting the books, he "mapped out" 8 seasons worth of material. It's important to realize that this is not an assurance that he will get 8 seasons, or that it's even still the plan. That simply shows Rafe's thinking at the start of the process. Here's the full video: So who's ready for November? What do you think of the poster? Be sure to follow us on social media for all our updates.
  2. Amazon announced today via their official Wheel of Time Twitter account that production has begun on Season 2 of their upcoming TV show. Season 1 of the show has not aired but a specific release date is expected soon, perhaps as early as this weekend when showrunner Rafe Judkins will be part of the 2021 Comic-Con@Home convention. No additional details about Season 2 are known yet other than the title of the season's first episode ("A Taste of Solitude"). That episode is written by Amanda Kate Shuman and directed by Thomas Napper. It's not uncommon for modern TV shows to begin filming their second seasons before the first airs. Like season 1, season 2 is expected to have a long-running production and lengthy post process in order to accomodate the large number of visual effects. But the fact that season 2 is now underway shows that Amazon and Sony are confident in what they've seen so far from season 1. Are you excited for the show? Tell us in the comments, join us on social media, or start up a discussion in our forums!
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  4. We're implementing some changes to the way that you log into Dragonmount. Apple ID Login Secure login to Dragonmount with your Apple ID is now available. Any visitor to the website may create a new account or associate their existing account with their Apple ID address. Simply select "Sign In With Apple" using the login page. This joins the other available options of using Facebook, Twitter, Google as secure methods of validation. You may also login directly using a Dragonmount account. As always, all communication with our site is entirely secure and encrypted. Upcoming Login Changes How It Currently Works Currently Dragonmount allows you to login using your username. That’s how it’s been done since we opened in 1998. But usernames are always public-facing, which means that people or groups with ill-intent could easily target s specific account and try to to that account using brute force. For example, they could take the name “Jason Denzel” and try lots of popular password combinations, hoping to break in. Now, we have plenty of ways to detect these brute force attacks and block them. But still, it’s a modern best practice to not use a username for a login anymore. What's Changing Beginning Thursday, June 24 July 8 all users will log onto Dragonmount using an email address instead of a username. Your existing password will continue to work like normal. In addition, users will also be able to login using their Facebook, Twitter, or Google accounts. (We have plans to implement AppleID login at a future date and to offer optional Two-Factor authentication.). We've extended the date to give people more time to validate their email. We'll make the change after we send out July newsletter. Required Actions No action is required on your part except to please take a moment to verify that your email address on record is current. (Click your user name in the upper right corner > Account Settings) Also, while you're there, please consider checking your Notification settings to see if you're receiving our monthly newsletter. It's a great way to have a recap of the latest Wheel of time and community news sent to your Inbox. Thank you for being part of this amazing community. If you have questions, please email webmaster@dragonmount.com
  5. Hi everyone, We're implementing some changes to the way that you log into Dragonmount. How It Currently Works Currently Dragonmount allows you to login using your username. That’s how it’s been done since we opened in 1998. But usernames are always public-facing, which means that people or groups with ill-intent could easily target s specific account and try to to that account using brute force. For example, they could take the name “Jason Denzel” and try lots of popular password combinations, hoping to break in. Now, we have plenty of ways to detect these brute force attacks and block them. But still, it’s a modern best practice to not use a username for a login anymore. What's Changing Beginning Thursday, June 24 July 8 all users will log onto Dragonmount using an email address instead of a username. Your existing password will continue to work like normal. In addition, users will also be able to login using their Facebook, Twitter, or Google accounts. (We have plans to implement AppleID login at a future date and to offer optional Two-Factor authentication.). We've extended the date to give people more time to validate their email. We'll make the change after we send out July newsletter. Required Actions No action is required on your part except to please take a moment to verify that your email address on record is current. (Click your user name in the upper right corner > Account Settings) Also, while you're there, please consider checking your Notification settings to see if you're receiving our monthly newsletter. It's a great way to have a recap of the latest Wheel of time and community news sent to your Inbox. Thank you for being part of this amazing community. If you have questions, please email webmaster@dragonmount.com -Jason
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    Lan Revealed

    Amazon Prime revealed a first glimpse of actor Daniel Henney as the Lan Mandragoran in the upcoming Wheel of Time TV show. They revealed a 6-second video via their official social media accounts and YouTube: Official Video description: This is the second official character reveal that the show has provided. Back in March they revealed Rosamund Pike as Moiraine through a brief video. Tell us what you think of the video in the comments below or on social media. Learn more about Amazon's Wheel of Time TV show.
  7. We are devastated to learn of the passing of Wilson Grooms, who died peacefully at home after a courageous battle against cancer. Wilson was Robert Jordan's cousin although they referred to each other as brothers. It was Wilson who guided the WoT community through the sad days when RJ passed away in 2007. Since then Wilson has been a pillar of our fan community. He will be missed dearly. Sending love to Wilson's family including his wife Janet, and his daughter Marisa, and their sons Miles and Jonathan. Rest in peace, Will. You always said you'd give "the big fella" (RJ) a hug for us when you got there. I'm sure he's got one waiting for you as well. Here is the statement from his family:
  8. Amazon Prime revealed a first glimpse of Rosamund Pike as the iconic character Moiraine Damodred in the upcoming Wheel of Time TV show. They revealed a 5-second video via their official social media accounts and YouTube: This is the first official character reveal that the show has provided fans. Tell us what you think of the video in the comments below or on social media. Learn more about Amazon's Wheel of Time TV show.
  9. Hi there, thanks for posting this. Yes, I'm aware of this issue and it drives me crazy, too. It only started in the past several months. We have plenty of hardware, and our internet speed to our servers is fine. (Other websites hosted on the same hardware load fine). It's a configuration issue somewhere and I just haven't had time to solve the issue yet. But I agree that it's a problem and I'll definitely work on it when time allows. Thank you for your patience!
  10. Amazon's official WoTonPrime social media accounts revealed today a brief video showcasing Thom Merrilin's guitar. The video showed how the instrument went through its design phase to becoming an actual prop seen in the show. Thom-guitar-Dec23_2020.mp4 About Thom's instruments In the Wheel of Time books, Thom Merrilin (played by Alexandre Willaume in the TV show) is a skilled gleeman with a far-more-interesting-than-he-would-like past. He demonstrates his skill with both a harp and a flute. But interestingly, WoT TV showrunner Rafe Judkins and his team made the decision to give Thom a guitar instead. Here's what he wrote in a Q&A addressing the topic: Amazon has already released preview videos of the Winespreing Inn, Tam's heron-marked sword, and a basic audio trailer. What do you think of the Thom's guitar? Join the conversation below or view our reaction on The Wheel of Time Community Show on YouTube. Learn more about Amazon's Wheel of Time TV show.
  11. Our December special guest will be Wheel of Time author and bestseller Brandon Sanderson! This LIVE EVENT will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM U.S. Eastern Time. Attendees will be able to chat directly with Brandon and ask questions! About Brandon Brandon Sanderson is the bestselling author of twenty-six novels and dozens of novellas and short stories. He is a two-time HUGO award winner, including a win in 2013 for Best Novella (The Emperor's Soul). In 2007 he was chosen to complete the late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga. Also, anybody reading this knows who he is. 😉 About the Event This will be a LIVE virtual event, held over Zoom. All of our patreon supporters are the Heron-Marked ($10) level and higher are invited. Click here to register. If you are a not yet a Patreon supporter, or if you are a supporter at a lower tier, you are welcome to sign-up or "upgrade" to the Heron-Marked level for a single month to gain access to this event. Servant of All ($25) and Chosen ($50) level patrons will get additional "early" time before the rest of the attendees will be allowed into the Zoom. The event will begin with a moderated discussion with our guest, followed by an open Q&A where you can freely ask questions and chat. This event will be recorded, but it will be different than our previous live chats. We're still working out the details but there's a chance this event will be available afterwards on Brandon's YouTube channel. If you attend and participate, you'll be seen via his channel. (If you would prefer not to be seen or heard in this more-public venue, you can provide questions to me in advance and I'll make sure they're asked on your behalf). The Zoom link will be emailed to all eligible patrons 24 hours before the event. Become a Dragonmount patron, support this website, get exclusive info about the franchise, and attend our monthly chat events.
  12. 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.
  13. Hi Annilori, while you're entitled to your opinion, I'd like to share the counter argument that the upcoming TV show is an adaptation. There's no possible way that Robert Jordan's books could be faithfully adapted "own to the stubble of Perrin's beard." I happen to know some of the people involved in the show personally. These talented people care deeply about the books. It changed many of their lives for the better. Harriet and Brandon are involved and all offer their blessing. Harriet is giddy with excitement over the casting. It's OK to be disappointed and it's OK to not watch the show. The books will forever remain unchanged. But please don't buy into the false hype that this show is somehow motivated by anything other than trying to share an incredible story. If it helps, think of the show as a fresh turn of the Wheel: the 3rd Age of the books has gone and left, the Wheel has turned, and the Age has come again. With its new coming, the same events play out, but some things are different, some faces are new, but the overall story repeats.
  14. We're elated to announce that our November special guest will be Wheel of Time editor Harriet McDougal! This LIVE EVENT will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 1 PM U.S. Eastern Time. Attendees will be able to chat directly with Harriet and ask questions. Learn more and sign up here. About Harriet Harriet McDougal is Robert Jordan's wife as well as the editor for the entire Wheel of Time book series. In addition to playing a key rollin the development of the series, she also guided Brandon Sanderson when he completed the final three novels in the series. She is the co-author (along with Maria Simons and Alan Romanczuk) of The Wheel of Time Companion. In addition to her work on WoT, she is a notable editor in the field of SF/F having edited notable titles such as Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. About the Event This will be a LIVE virtual event, held over Zoom. All Patreon supporters at the Heron-Marked ($10) level and higher are invited. If you are a not yet a Patreon supporter, or if you are a supporter at a lower tier, you are welcome to sign up or "upgrade" to the Heron-Marked level for a single month to gain access to this event. More information about signing up is available on our Patreon page. The event will begin with a moderated discussion with our guest, followed by an open Q&A where you can freely ask questions and chat. This is expected to be a small, intimate event, but if the number of attendees grows, we will moderate accordingly. But no matter what happens, everyone will have a chance to ask questions and be involved. We hope you'll join us for this exciting event! If you can't make it this time, that's OK. This event will be recorded and made available to Heron-Marked patrons and above. Learn more and sign up here.
  15. 10 years ago today, on September 3, 2010, Dragonmount premiered the Towers of Midnight book trailer. This promotional video was funded by Tor Books and made with the blessing of Harriet McDougal and Brandon Sanderson. It features Sarah Nakamura in the small role of Moiraine. Today, Sarah is a Story Consultant for Amazon Prime's upcoming Wheel of Time TV show. Making that video was a lot of fun. Be sure to check out our extensive behind-the-scenes feature about its making.
  16. Harriet McDougal is best known for her illustrious career as a book editor, including for her work on the Wheel of Time. She's also been an acclaimed sponsor, donor, and all-around humanitarian, but now she can add one more thing to her list of accomplishments: being featured on TV. Recently, TV personality Monty Don featured her home on his program, Monty Don's American Gardens. In this particular episode he explores the gardens of the Southern United States, including Harriet's hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. We coved this topic in our latest episode of The Wheel of Time Community Show on YouTube. Take a look: Tell us what you think in the comments, and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.
  17. Amazon Prime announced today, via social media, the casting of 2 actors for The Wheel of Time TV show. Abdul Salis as Eamon Valda. Stuart Graham as Geofram Bornhald. . These actors have been rumored for a while, but we've only now reported on them because of Amazon's confirmation. Production on the TV show has been halted since March due to the global COVD-19 pandemic. It's believed that filming will resume this summer, perhaps as early as July, in Prague where most of the show has been filmed. So far 6 out of the first 8 episodes for Season 1 have been shot. Casting for the TV show is primarily handled by the KVH Casting Agency in London. For more information on The Wheel of Time TV show and cast, visit our TV section. Check out what we thought about this casting announcement on The Wheel of Time Community Show on YouTube. Tell us what you think of these casting announcements in the comments!
  18. Amazon Prime announced today, via social media, the casting of six actors for The Wheel of Time TV show. Christopher Sciueref as Abell Cauthon. Juliet Howland as Natti Cauthon. Mandi Symonds as Daise Congar. Lolita Chakrabarti as Marin al’Vere. Michael Tuahine as Bran al’Vere. David Sterne as Cenn Buie. Christopher Sciueref as Abell Cauthon. Juliet Howland as Natti Cauthon. Mandi Symonds as Daise Congar. Lolita Chakrabarti as Marin al’Vere. Michael Tuahine as Bran al’Vere. David Sterne as Cenn Buie. Several of these actors have been rumored for a while, but we've only now reported on them because of Amazon's confirmation. These specific roles are likely limited in their scope, with the actors appearing only or primarily in the first couple of episodes of the season. Production on the TV show has been halted since March due to the global COVD-19 pandemic. It's believed that filming will resume this summer, perhaps as early as July, in Prague where most of the show has been filmed. So far 6 out of the first 8 episodes for Season 1 have been shot. Casting for the TV show is primarily handled by the KVH Casting Agency in London. For more information on The Wheel of Time TV show and cast, visit our TV section. Check out what we thought about this casting announcement on The Wheel of Time Community Show on YouTube. Tell us what you think of these casting announcements in the comments!
  19. In light of the currently ongoing protests that were sparked by the murder of George Floyd, one of many Black Americans whom has been unjustly killed, Dragonmount believes Black Lives Matter, and supports the movement. Here is our statement: You can read more about our community forum Code of Conduct here.
  20. The Dusty Wheel YouTube channel hosted an interview with Brandon Sanderson tonight. They talked about the Wheel of Time books and the upcoming Amazon Prime TV show. Some WoT-related highlights of the program included: Brandon discussing his excitement (& hesitations) for the upcoming TV show. Brandon's on-set discussion with Barney Harris, the actor playing Mat Cauthon. Some behind-the-scenes discussion about writing the final 3 WoT novels. The full, 90+ minute interview can be found here: "Prank Scene" 10 years ago, Brandon asked a select group of fans to read early drafts of Towers of Midnight, the thirteenth and penultimate book in the series. Today, he revealed a special scene from that book that he wrote exclusively for one of those fans, Matt Hatch. Matt is the founder of Theoryland.com, a WoT website known for its obsessive passionate attention to details. If there's ever been a "looney" theory made about the books, chances are that it's been discussed in extreme details on that forum. Today, in addition to maintaining Theoryland, Matt is now the Innkeeper of the Dusty Wheel. Because today is April 1st (April Fool's Day), Brandon received permission from Harriet to share the scene he wrote for Matt. The scene is only ~250 words long, and takes place during Chapter 57: A Rabbit for Supper. Here's the scene, in its complete form. (The italicized text is from the actual book, and is included to provide context for the scene.) It's unlikely that any other fan had a scene written exclusively for them, even it was intended as a joke and obviously not included in the final book. Michael Kramer, one of the audiobook narrators for the series, made a recording of this scene that you can listen to here. Be sure to check out the video from The Dusty Wheel on YouTube, and subscribe to their channel.
  21. Four actors announced their involvement in the upcoming Wheel of Time TV show via social media today. As of this time, Amazon hasn't officially confirmed their involvement, although Rafe Judkins, the showrunner, "liked" each of their social media posts. That, combined with the coordinated timing, and the obvious scripts visible in each of their hands, ensures that this is more than a rumor. Kate Fleetwood will play Liandrin Guirale of the Red Ajah. Jennifer Cheon Garcia will play an unspecified Aes Sedai. Daryl McCormack has an unspecified role. Maria Doyle Kennedy will play an unspecified role (most likely an Aes Sedai). These actors all posted photos of themselves holding copies of the scripts for episodes 105 and 106. The cast had gathered together for a table read. In addition to those four actors, other previously-confirmed actors Madeleine Madden (Egwene), Hammed Animashaun (Lioal), and Priyanka Bose (Allana Sedai) also posted photos of themselves holding copies of the script for those episodes. Tell us what you think of these casting announcements in the comments! Which characters do you think the 3 actors with unspecified roles will play?
  22. January 15, 2020 marks the 30-year anniversary of the publication of The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan. Although there are neither beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time, this date does mark the official beginning of the book franchise. After leaving a career as a nuclear engineer, Robert Jordan (a pen name for James Rigney Jr, who went by "Jim" to his friends and family) began a prolific writing career. He wrote in a variety of genres, using a different pen name for each one, eventually making a name for himself in the fantasy publishing industry primarily on the strength of his Conan novels. (Robert Jordan did not create the Conan character or write the original novels. He wrote later ones in the series over 50 years after the original author, Robert E. Howard died). Originally pitched to Tor Books as a 3-book series, Tor publisher Tom Doherty laughed at the sheer scope of The Wheel of Time and instead offered Jim a 6-book contract. Tor believed in the first book so much that they did a heavy marketing push, going so far as to commission an alternative book cover and creating 5,000 advance reader copies, which was unheard of now, or then. To celebrate this 30-year anniversary occasion, we asked Harriet McDougal, Robert Jordan's wife and editor, what her memories were of that time in 1990. Here's what she sent us: We're also asking YOU to share your memories of how you found this special book. You can reply here to this article, or you can reply on our social media: Facebook Instagram Be sure to check out our Eye of the World info page, as well as our Book Summary and Chapter Recaps.
  23. Thank you for this awesome additional information!
  24. Tor Books launched a holiday sweepstakes today where fans from the U.S. and Canada can win some new and familiar books. Here are the details: Enter the contest at this link. Be sure to check out our review of Fate of the Fallen.
  25. Filming is only two months underway for the first season of Amazon Prime's Wheel of Time TV show, but that isn't stopping the studio and showrunner Rafe Judkins from preparing for season 2. Earlier today, Rafe tweeted a photo and a caption showing that the "S2 writers' room" was being prepped. Amazon hasn't officially announced that season 2 has been greenlit, but this is a sign that the studio apparently likes what they've seen so far and are feeling confident enough to let Rafe gather his team of writers to prepare for season 2. It's not unusual for TV shows to get greenlit for a second season before the first season airs. Netflix's The Witcher, which is set to debut on December 20, just had its second season greenlit today, just a short while before Rafe tweeted his photo. This is all a very good sign for The Wheel of Time. It doesn't mean that a second season of episodes have been ordered yet, but it means that everything looks good so far, and the production is moving forward with some level of confidence. We'll report more once we have it. In the meantime, be sure to check out out TV section to see everything we know for certain about the show.
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