Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wheel of Time Reread

The Eye of the World: Prologue - Chapter 10

In anticipation of A Memory of Light I will be rereading the entire series and posting my thoughts and observations as I go. If you haven't read this series before and would like to--because it is freaking amazing!--then you may not want to not read these!

  • Favorite Line:
    • "Yes, Betrayer of Hope. So have men named me, just as they named you Dragon, but unlike you I embrace the name. They gave me the name to revile me, but I will yet make them kneel and worship it. What will you do with your name? After this day, men will call you Kinslayer. What will you do with that?"
    • "Ten years! You pitiful fool! This war has not lasted ten years, but since the beginning of time. You and I have fought a thousand battles with the turning of the Wheel, a thousand times a thousand, and we will fight until time dies and the Shadow is triumphant!"
  • Nine Rods of Dominion? Does any one know what these are? I don't think they were ever defined but maybe I'm wrong.
    • "Once you stood first among the Servants. Once you wore the Ring of Tamyrlin, and sat in the High Seat. Once you summoned the Nine Rods of Dominion."
Chapter 1: An Empty Road
  • Firsts:
    • Mat: The Trickster
      • "Mat's brown eyes twinkled with mischief."
    • Rand: The Dragon 
    • Tam: The most awesome dad ever!
      • "Remember the flame, lad, and the void."
        • "Concentrate on a single flame and feed all your passiona into it--fear, hate, anger--until your mind became empty. Become one with the void, Tam said, and you could do anything."
    • Myrddraal: Even though it's introduced as a Black Rider.  Right from the beginning you know that they are evil because they make you feel all creeped out just reading about them.
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, and Age yet to come, and Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning."
Chapter 2: Strangers
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "As the Wheel of Time turns...places wear many names. Men wear many names, many faces. Different face, but always the same man. Yet no one knows the Pattern the Great Wheel weaves, or even the Pattern of an Age. We can only watch, and study, and hope."-Moiraine
  • Birds/rats: Crows are spies for the Dark One! It is hard to hide from or fight birds.
  • Moiraine gives Rand and Mat coins.
  • First:
    • Moiraine: 
    • Lan: If I could marry a character in this novel it would be him. Because he's awesome! Which means if he dies in the next novel I will cry for days!! It's funny that everyone laughs when Ewin Finnegar says he thinks Lan is a Warder--because he is one!
Chapter 3: The Peddler
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "I never saw or heard or smelled anything that couldn't be talked about."-Tam
    • "As the best of times [Rand] was never very nimble with his tongue when talking to any of the village girls, not like Perrin."
      • It's always one of the other ones that can talk to girls or understand them!
  • Firsts: 
    • A woman crossing her arms under her breasts!
    • Egwene: Annoys me from the very beginning!
    • Nynaeve: The older I get the more I really like and appreciate Nynaeve.
    • Perrin: A Black smith with great shoulders.
    • Padan Fain: A very dangerous man. More dangerous and deranged with each book.
      • "It had only been the year before that Fain had taken notice of them for the first time, acknowledging them as men."
      • Fain stated paying attention to them because he's the Dark One's hound and he only had an idea of what the age range was. Now, Fain knows he's after one of the three boys.
Chapter 4: The Gleeman
  • Favorite Line:
    • "In ears, boy, fools kill other fools for foolish causes."-Thom
    • "Battles interest me."-Mat. Hahaha! Talk about foreshadowing!
    • "Gray hairs don't mean our brains have curdled"-Tam
    • "There was nothing the black-cloaked horseman could do that the people of Emond's Field could not handle together."
  • Firsts:
    • Thom: Pure awesomeness from the very beginning.
Chapter 5: Winternight
  • The only time that a Trolloc has a name and speaks in it's own language.
    • "Vlja daeg roghda" the snarl became a toothy smile. "Put the sword down. Narg no hurt. Myrddraal want talk you.
  • Tam has all kinds of hidden talents! What is a man who can fight like that doing in such a small town?!
  • Firsts:
    • Rand kills his first Trolloc.
  • Best Lines:
    • "Around a farm the work never really got done."-So true!
Chapter 6: The Westwood
  • Very Lord of the Rings!
    • Rand (Hobbits) hiding from the Myddraal (Nazgul) while trying to get to Emond's Field (Bree).
  • Best Lines:
    • "When he sheathed the blade it seemed to drag at him like a great weight."
      • A weight that Rand carries with him for a long time.
    • "Rand never even considered that they might be villagers coming to help. He knew what they were. He could feel it, like grit scraping his bones, even before they drew close enough for moonlight to reveal the hooded cloak swathing the horseman, a cloak that hung undisturbed by the wind."
      • Rand can feel the evil--because HE CAN CHANNEL!
    • "I couldn't just leave a children of our own...always knew you wanted children. I knew you'd take it to your heart, Kari. Yes, lass. Rand is a good name."
      • Tam's not Rand's real dad.
Chapter 7: Out of the Woods
  • First mention we have of:
    • The Dragon's Fang
    • Angreal
    • Lan talks of the Trolloc Tribes
  • Best Line:
    • "The Light will take care of us all. And if the Light doesn't, well, we'll just take care of ourselves. Remember, we're Two Rivers folk."-Master Luhhan
    • "Help from an Aes Sedai was sometimes worse than no help at all, so the stories said, like poison in a pie, and their gifts always had a hook in them like fishbait."
      • I like how the perception of the Aes Sedai has been distorted--for the most part--through out time. Most of them are doing what they've vowed to do. Unfortunately everyone has their own agenda.
    • "Aes Sedai do what they do for reasons of their own, and they aren't always the reasons others think."-Thom
      • I think this sums up the Aes Sedai perfectly. They help people but you never really know why.
Chapter 8: A Place of Safety
  • Rand can already sense a woman channeling! WHAT?!? How have I missed this every time I've read this book. He doesn't know that's what he's doing but he is sensing Moiraine channeling.
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "The look of the Eyeless is fear."-Lan
    • "Sometimes, sheepherder, stories make things larger than truth."-Lan
    • "Lan's face softened slightly, if rock could be said to soften."
    • "In one of you...or all three, there is something the Dark One fears."-Moiraine
      • So true, and all heck is breaking loose!
    • "Emond's Field was a part of him as much as he was a part of it. He realized it now because he knew that was what he had felt tearing loose. He was apart from the village, now. The Shepherd of the Night wanted him."
Chapter 9: Tellings of the Wheel
  • Rand has his first nightmare. Dreams and being able to control dreams plays a large part in the rest of the series.
    • Rand never makes it to Tar Valon until book 13 Towers of Midnight
      • Which is good because it is was a trap for the Dragon in an attempt to control him. The Wheel weaves...
  • The Fall of Manetheren
    • I love this story! It's awesome! Everyone in the story is doomed yet it's a beautiful story.
    • We get our first mention of the Old Blood!
    • The Red Eagle banner of Manetheren
    • "But some did not flee. First in a trickle, then a river, then a flood, men went, not to safety, but to join the army fighting for their land. Shepherds with bows, and farmers with pitchforks, and woodsmen with axes. Women went, too, shouldering what weapons they could find and marching side by side with their men. No one made that journey who did not know they would never return. But it was their land. It had been their fathers' and it would be their children's, and they went to pay the price of it. Not a step of ground was given up until it was soaked in blood, but at the last the army of Manetheren was driven back, back to here, to this place you now call Emond's Field."-Moiraine
    • "The sword that could not be broken was shattered."-Moiraine
      • LOTR
    • "Nothing was left of their farms, their villages, or their great city. Some would say there was nothing left for them, nothing but to flee to other lands, where they could begin anew. They did not say so. They had paid such a price in blood and hope for their land as had never been paid before, and now they were bound to that soil by ties stronger than steel. Other wars would wrack them in years to come, until at last their corner of the world was forgotten and at last they had forgotten wars and they ways of war. Never again did Manetheren rise. Its soaring spires and splashing fountains became as a dream that slowly faded from the minds of its people. But they, and their children, and their children's children, held the land that was theirs. They held it when the long centuries had washed the why of it from their memories. They held it until today, there is you. Weep for Manetheren. Weep for what is lost forever."-Moiraine
  • The imagery is beautiful in this chapter
    • "Steamy mists covered the canyon floor, their thick gray surface rolling in grim waves, rolling and breaking against the cliff beneath him, but more slowly than any ocean wave had ever moved. Patches of fog glowed red for an instant as if great fires flared beneath, then died.
  • Best Lines:
    • "Aes Sedai are tricksome. They don't lie, not right out, but the truth an Aes Sedai tells you is not always the truth you think it is."-Tam
    • "Aes Sedai do things for their own reasons, and those are not always the reasons you think."-Tam
    • "Listen sharp, think deep, and guard your tongue."-Tam
Chapter 10: Leave taking
  • Perrin has his ax; Rand has his sword; Mat has a bow (not his knives).
  • Egwene wants adventure and as usual is an annoying idiot. But Bella finds a way of getting in on the action.
  • Firsts:
    • Draghkar: Singing bat like creatures.
  • Best Line:
    • "Care and a long life go together, blacksmith."-Lan
    • "Anything can be a weapon, if the man or woman who holds it has the nerve and will to make it so."-Lan
    • "Wolves!"-Perrin

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