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  1. Not so sure that's true. I think that entry was all Harriet. She made the editorial decision for the story because she found it unrealistic that Bela would survive in the scene Brandon had written, with her surrounded by Trollocs and all. But at the same time, she has always had a thing for Bela (she loved the Bela=Creator theory of old) and she got a kick out of the fact that Brandon had promised fans Bela would survive and then he had to go back on his promise. So I think it simply amused her to turn the tables again for the Companion.
  2. OlverCain was also "obvious" on the level of a casual fan. The difference is that the hardcore had little problem accepting RJ's explanation for why it wouldn't work. Taimandred was a different story; when I say Taimandred died around KOD among hardcore fans, I mean that people accepted that Taim was not going to end up being Demandred. There was always a debate about whether RJ was telling the truth when he said that Taim was never Demandred, that he had not in fact changed his mind. LOC made that difficult to believe.
  3. It did put an end to Taimandred among hardcore fans, by the time KOD rolled around anyway. (Before then, some people were trying to figure out how his answers could be sneaky Aes Sedai answers, but after a while people gave up because he was just too clear about it.) But Taimandred wouldn't die, precisely because of all those noobs who kept joining up just to post about Taimandred. They didn't know what RJ said about it on book tours, so all the way up to the release of AMOL, we had Taimandred threads. (Especially here. At Theoryland, our noobs have always been a bit more hardcore than noobs h
  4. It doesn't really matter how old you are; one can look back practically to the dawn of the internet and see the same thing at ra.sf.w-rj on Usenet (archived on Google Groups), and after 1998, at the Theoryland archives and elsewhere. (DM archives that old are gone.) PS: The thread I posted about Taimandred on Theoryland has over 7000 unique views, and you think there were only 2-3000 posters and lurkers at the height of the WoT craze? Looks to me like you're pulling numbers out of your wherever, dude.
  5. It was not obvious for the readers (99%, or more) back then. Or now. One cannot judge a twist based on opinions of hardcore fans. There were more than 20 million readers, and what, 2000-3000 online posters/lurkers (now this number is max. 400) who cared about the series that deeply? Taimandred was not the kind of theory that emerged from the hard core. It was the kind of theory that people joined Dragonmount just to post about, like...once a week, someone would join just to post their brilliant Taimandred theory. Most of them did not stick around to become part of the hardest core. Noobs
  6. I have to admit I'm a bit amused at people scrambling to lay claim to this one. I honestly think that there were few fans who never believed Taimandred. It was that obvious. As I mentioned in my signing report, the conviction that Taimandred was true is what drove me to Theoryland in the first place, but I'm hardly alone. Dragonmount in particular has suffered from a long line of Taimandred threads because it was the most popular great idea that inspired people to post. I never made a Taimandred post as a noob because I googled that sh!t, and once I saw that RJ had denied it, I didn't figu
  7. Hmm, I never wrote this up in a single theory form; it's just something that I pontificated about for several years in many different places. So I don't know what to link. I started a chapter-by-chapter analysis of the voice but never finished it.
  8. I figured it should at least mean something to Berid Bel Medar. :D
  9. You're not the first person to express that (unless you're Tom at RAFO, which seems doubtful), but it seems to me to be a strange way of looking at it. RJ always said that he didn't want to wrap everything up too neatly in the end because some things should be left up to the imagination. He created a world that was complex and rich enough to provide an endless series of paths for the future of that world. The later books contribute a great deal to that picture, and in my opinion, alternate universes don't diminish it. I think that the majority of fans who knew of RJ's comments on Taimandre
  10. Hi guys. I have been waiting for a few days to see if anyone would post about this here, but since no one has, I guess I have to do it. There have been enough Taimandred and Asmodean posts here over the years that I can't imagine it's of no interest to anyone. Taimandred killed Asmodean. As of LOC, anyway. Then RJ changed his mind. There are more bits from the notes later in the thread, if you have the patience to read through it. And Brandon has chimed in at reddit.
  11. You sure ain't kidding. My ADD kicked in immediately and I just gave up. I am hoping that someone will just make a nice graph or spreadsheet that will list all the channelers in order. Someone already did, before the Encyclopedia was released, based on the few entries they released in advance along with a few things I shared from the notes in order to clarify how the rankings work. The two numbers in blue are how the Aes Sedai power rankings appeared in RJ's notes. He apparently started out with a scale from 1-33, with Elaida etc. at the top and Daigian at the bottom. He then expa
  12. I am not sure the scans will ever be available online. The collection was donated with academics in mind rather than fans (which is kind of funny, but there it is). You can find tidbits in a few places: 1. My Twitter feed (back to April 12) 2. A thread on RAFO 3. A thread on Westeros 4. A thread on Theoryland I will be mostly staying away from Encyclopedia stuff until after it is published.
  13. Can you add (RJ's notes) to the title of the thread so that people will know that's what it's about?
  14. RAFO has been dead for a long time. That is a product of many things. It's not PMs so much these days; it's Facebook and JordanCon and the like. The people are still there, but happily, most of the assholes aren't paying any attention to it any more. There are still enough people around for an interesting discussion if we decide there is something worth discussing. Theoryland is not dying any more than Dragonmount is. It's always had less traffic than DM, though; we like it that way. Not all the notes are at the library, but I don't doubt it's true, and what is at the librar
  15. Why do you see Slayer as an inconsistency or a mistake?
  16. For the record, I made those tweets before I saw the notes. Not saying there was anything in the notes about it. The way I see it, if Slayer was in the flesh as Isam when the Horn was blown (in TGH), then there should be no conflict. Luc's soul has to be dead and in Tel'aran'rhiod for the theory to have any purpose (i.e. for it to explain Slayer's powers). If he was in the flesh as Luc, I imagine he'd disappear.
  17. It's just an earlier version of the spelling. Many of the character and place names are different in the early outlines, and many plot points were adapted and changed.
  18. Here is some detail on how these answers were added to the database. Thanks for the report!
  19. We actually have several other clues that the other major death that was not in RJ's notes was Egwene. When asked directly about Egwene, Brandon has refused to answer. I need a new database tag to sort all this out. I might do 'wot deaths'.
  20. He had a dream earlier in the book (ch2) with Min and Elayne where Egwene shows up; in that one Min and Elayne got naked.
  21. Aviendha wasn't spying on Rand in his dreams; that was the Dreamwalkers' job. They had her watch him in the waking world while they watched him in his dreams. They were somehow able to bring her into Tel'aran'rhiod (though I've always thought that was a bit of a continuity error) but she was not able to go to the place where the dreams are, which we at Theoryland call the Gap of Infinity (GOI). The Wise Ones didn't know how to teach that to anyone without the Talent, and besides, she was certainly awake while he was having that dream. Aviendha watching from the bank was probably symbolic of th
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