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  1. Otto von Bismark would be up there. He was the driving force behind the unification of Germany, and Lord knows how that turned the first half of the 20th century on it's head.
  2. If I had to guess, I'd give even odds it's Tam.
  3. Traditional weapons, but not ones from the age of the main story-line. I've got a few ideas as to what the Lance of Mosk might be, and it would sure as heck do a number on a Fade, as well as whatever happens to be within a hundred miles of it.
  4. Bayle Domon - passionate about old things and Archaeology.
  5. Mat. The heck with his potential as a warrior or a general or whatever, I just want to hit the town with the guy.
  6. I always thought that it might have something to go with mare, the Latin word for sea. Or English mere, which now means sort of a pool or swamp but which could mean sea in Old English. Heck, it's all the same word anyway - we can take it back to the hypothetical Proto-Indo-European *mori. Knew that Oxford English Dictionary subscription would pay off one day.
  7. Darn, I ought to have caught that. Still, Tuatha as a random string of syllables doesn't seem like it would crop up all that often, and the Aes Sedei and the Aes Sidhe certainly aren't the same thing. I actually sort of feel better now, simply taking words from another language and translating them to make your own seems a little unimaginative, like if Elvish in Lord of the Rings turned out to just be Latin or something. Not as much creative effort. Preserving the words but warping or losing the meanings is something that happens quite often in the actual evolution of languages (see the evolut
  8. So, I looked for something like this elsewhere in the forums and couldn't find anything, but if I'm rehashing old ground, I'm sorry about that. Also my first time posting a new topic, so if I mess this up somehow, sorry about that as well. So, I was on one of those epic Wikipedia link tangents and I found that I had somehow worked my way from Gettysburg to the people of Danu, the legendary seafaring race that shows up in Irish mythical history. That was all well and good, but I noticed that the title of the page was the original Irish name for them, Tuatha de Danann, and it occurred to me
  9. Derail argument with new content! Straight out of Fog and Steel. Counselor: Normally, doctor patient confidentiality would make discussing a case with friends and family unthinkable, but given that the literal fate of the world hinges on the Amyrlin Seat and the Dragon working out their differences, I thought some protocols could stand to be broken. Mat: No argument here. Can't let the world end, I'm busy living on it. Perrin: Me too. Most of the time. Counselor: Could I trouble you for your opinions on the pair in question? Mat: They're both crazy, but at least Rand has an
  10. Ishamael/Moridin. The Forsaken are all made out to be super smart and dangerous, but I get the feeling he's the only one who truly understands the nature and plans of their Master.
  11. Hard to say. I reread certain parts dozens of times. The more tedious parts of the Aes Sedai plotting, or, say, Egwene brushing her hair... those bits might get glossed over. There's also about 20 pages of tFoH where the print in my book cut off the bottom two lines, so I only read that part once at the library. Same for the part of CoT where there are like 50 pages that are bound upside down, and I feel stupid reading it in public.
  12. I bought the first book for my mom on mother's day - I was very young, and I think it was the first holiday where I bought gifts with my own money. I was at a used book store, looking through the titles I could purchase for the half dozen quarters I was carrying around. I didn't know much about fantasy at the time, but the Eye of the World had the best page to dollar ratio of any of the books on the shelf and in my juvenile mind anything over 100 pages equated to Literature with a capital L, so I grabbed it. A few years later I had just finished the Belgariad by David Eddings and was looking f
  13. Well, I'm a guy, but if I weren't - the Red Ajah. Before Saidin was cleansed, the hunting of men who could channel was one of the most important tasks before the Tower. The damage caused by false Dragons attests to that. Now that the Source is cleansed, well, I think the Red must play a key role in the eventual acceptance of the Black Tower - there's a saying that goes, "Only Nixon could open China." The idea is that, when making amends with an old and hated enemy, the most effective diplomats are those who were the most hawkish, because their motives are beyond reproach. Sure, the Grreens mig
  14. The scene in tDR when Mat meets the Aelfinn and asks the questions about his destiny. It's a decent insight into his character when it becomes obvious that the part about him getting married bothers him way more than dying and living again or sacrificing half of the light of the world.
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