Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wheel of Time Reread: The Great Hunt Part 2

The Great Hunt: chapters 7 - 10


Chapter 7: Blood Calls Blood
  • "How will this affect matters?...He is not necessary with the Horn gone, and yet..."-Moiraine
    • It's interesting that Moiraine wanted Mat to go with the Horn to Illian and he's the one who sounds it. Wait, Min told Moiraine what she saw around the boys right, which means that she has to know that Mat is some how tied to the horn.
  • The Dagger kind like the One Ring.
    • "He may already be changed beyond the reach of full Healing, even if no longer enough to contaminate others. Such a small thing, that dagger...but it will corrupt whoever carries it long enough. He who carries it will in turn corrupt those who come in contact with him, and they will corrupt still others, and the hatred and suspicion that destroyed Shadar Logoth, every man and woman's hand turned against every other, will be loose in the world again."-Verin
    • The dagger and the ring, both very small things that cause great fear.
  • Rand
    • "The man who channels stands alone. He gives his friends for sacrifice. Two roads before him, one to death beyond dying, one life eternal. Which will he choose? Which will he choose? What hand shelters? What hand slays? Blood feeds blood. Blood calls blood. Blood is, blood was, and blood shall ever be."
  • Seanchan:
    • "Rumors of war on Almoth Plain and Toman Head...And Hawkwing sent two of his sons, as well as armies. If they did survive in whatever lands they found, there could well be many descendants of Hawkwing. Or none."-Verin
  • Firsts:
    • Lanfear
      • "Daughter of the Night, she walks again. The ancient war, she yet fights. Her new lover she seeks, who shall serve her and die, yet serve still. Who shall stand against her coming? The Shining Walls shall kneel. Blood feeds blood. Blood calls blood. Blood is, and blood was, and blood shall ever be."
      • "Lanfear. In the Old Tongue, Daughter of the Night. Nowhere was her real name recorded, but that was the name she had taken for herself, unlike most of the Forsaken, who had been named by those they betrayed. Some said she had really been the most powerful of the Forsaken, next to Ishamael, the Betrayer of Hope, but had kept her powers hidden."
      • "Before she went over to the Shadow, before Lews Therin Telamon met Ilyena, Lanfear had been his lover. A complication we do not need."-Moiraine
    • Luc and Isam
      • "Luc came to the Mountains of Dhoom. Isam waited in the high passes. The hunt is now begun. The Shadow's hounds now course, and kill. One did live, and one did die, but both are. The Time of Change has come. Blood feeds blood. Blood calls blood. Blood is, blood was, and blood shall ever be."
      • "Lord Luc, of course, was brother to Tigraine, then Daughter-Heir of Andor, and he vanished in the Blight."
        • Rand's real uncle.
      • Isam
        • "Isam had been the son of Breyan, wife of Lain Mandragoran, who attepmt to seize the throne of Malkier for her husband had brought to Trolloc hordes crashing down. Breyan and her infant son had both vanished when the Trollocs overran Malkier. And Isam had been blood kin to Lan. Or is blood kin? I must keep this from him, until I know how he will react. Until we are away from the Blight. If he thought Isam were alive..."-Moiraine
      • Slayer is the result a merged Luc/Isam then given powers by the Dark Lord.
    • Islands of the Dead
    • Lands under the Shadow
    • Armies of Night
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "The man who channels must be one of the three young men traveling with you, Moiraine."-Verin
      • This is one of the reasons I like Verin. She might be brown but she does see what's going on around her and sometimes she just drops these knowledge bombs!
    • "They're the only eyes I ever had...He felt a little abashed, speaking to an Aes Sedai in that tone, but he was a little surprised as she when he took her gently bu the arms and lifted her to one side, setting her down again out of his way. As they stared at each other, he wondered if his eyes were as wide with shock as hers. "Excuse me," he said again, and all but ran."-Perrin!!!
    • "I am on your side, sheepherder. A little. Enough to help you a bit...what training you've had, I gave you, and I'll not have you graveling and sniveling. The Wheel weaves us all into the Pattern as it wills. You have less freedom about it than most, but by the Light, you can still face it on your feet. You remember who the Amyrlin Seat is, sheepherder, and you show her proper respect, but you do what I tell you, and you look her in the eye. Well, don't stand there gaping. Tuck in your shirt."-Lan
    • "You can't escape, but maybe you can hold your own for a while, and perhaps you can keep your pride."...There was no doubt about it, now. The Warder was smiling."
    • "There is one rule, above all others, for being a man. Whatever comes, face it on your feet."-Lan
Chapter 8: The Dragon Reborn
  • Tam:
    • "Tam al'Thor left the Two Rivers as a boy, Mother. He joined the army of Illian, and served in the Whitecloak War and the last two wars with Tear. In time he rose to be a blademaster and the Second Captain of the Companions. After the Aiel War, Tam al'Thor returned to the Two Rivers with a wife from Caemlyn and an infant boy."-Moiraine
  • "Cat Crosses the Courtyard!"
    • "Startled, Rand instinctively assumed the walking stance as he had been taught, back straight but every muscle loose, as if he hung from a wire at the top of his head. It was a relaxed, almost arrogant, saunter."
  • The Karaethon Cycle, the Prophecies of the Dragon:
    • "He will be of the ancient blood, and raised by the old blood."
  • Lan/Nynaeve
    • "Safe from his eyes, she studied the length of him, leaning against the stone and fingering his chin as he studied what was going on below. He's too tall, for one thing, and old enough to be my father, for another. A man with a face like that would have to be cruel. No, he's not that. Never that. And he was a king. His land was destroyed while he was a child, and he would not claim a crown, but he was a king, for that. What would a king want with a village woman? He's a Warder, too. Bonded to Moiraine. She has his loyalty to death, and ties closer than any lover, and she has him. She has everything I want, the Light burn her!"
    • "His eyes blazed like blue ice in the sun."
    • "He had a stare like a blue-eyed hawk when he was angry. In her hand was a signet ring, heavy gold and worn with age, almost large enough for both her thumbs to fit through. On it, a crane flew above a lance and crown, all carefully wrought in detail. Her breath caught. The ring of Malkieri kings."
    • "It is nothing. Old, and useless, now. But there are those who would know it when they saw it. Show that, and you will have guestright, and help if you need it, from any lord in the Borderlands. Show it to a Warder, and he will give aid, or carry a message to me. Send it to me, or a message marked with it, and I will come to you, without delay and without fail. This I swear...Nynaeve mashirara."-Lan
      • I've always wondered what would have happened if Nynaeve had ever used the ring.
    • "Mashirara. Beloved of heart and soul, it meant, but a love lost, too. Lost beyond regaining."
  • Aes Sedai:
    • "Aes Sedai had not been able to wield power openly sine the Breaking, much less the One Power, but they plotted and manipulated, pulled strings like puppetmasters, used thrones and nations like stones on a stones board."
  • Firsts:
    • Gitara Moroso
      • "He is born again! I feel him! The Dragon takes his first breath on the slope of Dragonmount! He is coming! He is coming! Light help us! Light help the world! He lies in the snow ad cries like the thunder! He burns like the sun!"
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "He is a man Leane Sedai...no more and no less. We are what we are."-Lan
    • "I know you can channel, boy."-Siuan Sanche, The Amyrlin Seat
    • "Because you are the Dragon Reborn!"-Siuan Sanche, The Amyrlin Seat
    • "No, Mother. I can channel, the Light help me, but I am not Raolin Darksbane, nor Guaire Amalasan, nor Yurian Stonebow. You can gentle me, or kill me, or let me go, but I will not be a time false Dragon on a Tar Valon leach."
    • "You are the Dragon Reborn."-Moiraine
    • "An anchor is not demeaned by being used to hold a boat...You were made for a purpose Rand al'Thor. 'When the winds of Tarmon Gai'don scout the earth, he will face the Shadow and bring forth Light again in the world.' The Prophecies must be fulfilled, or the Dark One will break free and remake the world in his image. The Last Battle is coming, and you were born to unite mankind and lead them against the Dark One."-Siuan Sanche, The Amyrlin Seat
    • "The best of men are not much better than house broken...But then the best of them are worth the trouble of housebreaking."-Nynaeve
    • "Men are never more than half-civilized until they're wedded."-Nisura
    • "A man must seek duty, not glory."-Lord Agelmar
Chapter 9: Leavetakings
  • Lan
    • "I've only time for one last lesson, the hardest. Sheathing the Sword....There will come a time when you must achieve a goal at all costs. It may come in attack or in defense. And the only way will be to allows the sword to be sheathed in your own body....You will know when it comes sheepherder, when the price is worth the gain, and there is no other choice left to you. That is called Sheathing the Sword. Remember it."
    • "That is a hard man to catch and hold, isn't he, Rand. He's not here, then he's here, then he's gone, and you don't see him coming or going."-Loial
  • The Horn of Valere
    • "You ride to find the Horn of Valere...and the hope of the world rides with you."-Siuan Sanche, The Amyrlin Seat
      • Reminds me of Galadriel in Lord of the Rings when she talks to Frodo about their quest being balanced on the edge of a knife.
    • "I wager Illian does not give its Great Hunt of the Horn so rousing a send-off...But yours is the true Great Hunt. You are few, so you may travel quickly, yet enough to do what you must."-Siuan Sanche, The Amyrlin Seat
  • The Arrow
    • I remembered that someone shot an arrow that almost hit the Siuan but honestly I didn't remember that it wasn't her they were aiming at but Rand.
  • "Death cannot be healed."-Siuan Sanche, The Amyrlin Seat
    • I think there is a line later somewhere along the lines of Nynaeve would never be happy until she healed a man three days dead. I've always found that funny, and I truly believe that if Lan dies in the Last Battle, Nynaeve will bring him back to life--or maybe she's the one that brings Rand back.
  • Bayle Domon
    • It was gun to see Domon again. He's one of my favorite secondary characters and he has one of the Seals to the Dark Ones prison. No wonder he's being chased by Trollocs.
  • Firsts:
    • Hurin, the sniffer
      • "He was a townsman, by his clothes, lean, with a lined face and graying hair cut long."
      • "It started slow, catching bad smells where nobody else smelled anything, and it grew. Took a whole year before I realized what it was. I could smell violence, the killing and the hurting. Smell where it happened. Smell the trail of those who did it. Every trail's different, so there's no chance of mixing them up"
  • Favorite Lines:
    • "Loial had his own priorities, his own ideas of what was needed for a journey. The pockets of his long coat had a telltale bulge, and his saddlebags showed the square imprints of books."
      • Loial is a creature after my own heart. When I went off to college I brought one large suitcase full of books but forgot to bring any blankets. This would have been fine in AZ but I was at BYU and it tends to get all white and cold up there.
    • "Egwene's father had a big map back at home, a map Rand had pored over more than once, dreaming before he found out what the dreams were like when they cam true."
Chapter 10: The Hunt Begins
  • "He's from the Two Rivers...I grew up with him, though you'd never know it now. You put this Aiel nonsense in his head on top of what's already there, and the Light knows what we'll have. An Aiel lord, maybe."-Mat
    • Ha! rand does become an Aiel lord--well a chief--but Mat becomes...whatever the husband of the Empress is!
  • Aiel
    • "Aiel are hard...Man and woman, hard. I've fought them, and I know They will run fifty miles, and fight a battle at the end of it. They're death walking, with any weapon or none. Except a sword. They will not touch a sword, for some reason. Or ride a horse, not that they need to. If you have a sword, and the Aielman has his bare hands, it is an even fight If you're good. They herd cattle and goats where you or I would die of thirst before the day was done. They dig their villages into huge rock spires out in the Waste. They've been there since the Breaking, near enough. Artur Hawkwing tried to dig them out and was bloodied, the only major defeats he ever suffered. By day the air in the Aiel Waste shimmers with heat, and by night it freezes. And an Aiel will give you that blue-eyes stare and tell you there is no place on earth he would rather be. He won't be lying, either. If they ever tried to come out, we would be hard-pressed to stop them. The Aiel War lasted three years, and that was only four out of thirteen clans."-Ingtar
  • Perrin
    • "I don't like the smell of this place...It smells wrong."
    • "It will be. I can smell it."
      • Perrin is becoming more wolfish or just accepting, however reluctantly, that more than just his eyes changed.
  • Lanfear
    • "A woman in a white dress"-Uno
    • I forgot that Lanfear stalks Rand before they go to the other world.
  • The Taint
    • "Frantically Rand sought the void. The flames seemed to get in the way, the queasy light fluttering in time with convulsive swallows, but he pushed on until he had wrapped himself in emptiness. The queasiness pulsed in the void with him, though. Not outside, for once, but inside. "
  • Ingtar:
    • "Bury them, We cannot be sure they were Darkfriends. They could have been taken prisoner. They could have been. Let them know the last embrace of the mother, at least."
      • We cannot be sure but Ingtar knows that they were not Darkfriends.
    • "The Light sone on you, and the Creator shelter you. The last embrace of the mother welcome you home....They saved Lord Agelmar at Tarwin's Gap."
    • "We in the Borderlands have out battle with the Blight to keep us strong, and whole. Perhaps they did not have what they needed to keep them strong. You say they failed, Builder? Yes, they failed, and what nation standing whole today will fail tomorrow? We are being swept away, humankind. Swept away like flotsam on a flood. How long before we, too, go under, and there is nothing left but Trollocs and Myrddraal all the way to the Sea of Storms?"
  • "Shienarans believe we all come from earth, and must return to earth. They never use coffins or shrouds, and the bodies are never clothed. The earth must hold the body. The last embrace of the mother, they call it. And there are never any words except "The Light shine on you,and the Creator shelter you. The last embrace of the mother welcome you home."-Loial
  • Dead Myrddraal and the house of flies--gross! 
    • "Suddenly he was tearing at...something. He did not know what, or how. Cobwebs made of steel. Moonbeams carved from stone. They crumbled at his touch, but he knew he had not touched anything. They shriveled and melted while the heat that surged through him , heat like a forge fire, heat like the world burning, heat like--
      • "It was gone. Panting, he looked around with wide eyes. A few flies lay on the half-carved roast, in the platter. Dead flies. Six flies. Only six. There were more in the bowls, half a dozen tiny black specks among the cold vegetables. All dead. He staggered out into the street."
        • Who set this trap? Fain, who can create illusions? Lanfear, a trap to make Rand use the Power? Bubble of evil?

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