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Interviews: DragonCon Signing Reports - Matt Hatch

Summary:

Entries

19

Date

Sep 3rd, 2005

Type

Verbatim

Location

Atlanta, GA

TourCon

DragonCon

Reporter

Matt Hatch

Links

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  • 1

    Matt Hatch

    Here is a report of the questions we were able to ask Jordan during the book signings over the last few days. There is too much to report, but this should be a good slice of information for everyone to chew on.

    Questions by Isabel at Book Signing:

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    Isabel

    Since you said Galad fancied Nynaeve first. But in The Great Hunt I thought he fancied Egwene first because he asked Egwene for a walk in the garden.

    Robert Jordan

    Galad just thought Egwene was pretty and that it would be nice to walk with her. (Harriet added that it doesn't always have to be love at first sight.)

    Isabel

    I wanted to ask RJ some more about the Galad fancied Nynaeve thing. I searched up the quotes in book two that pointed to Egwene. (Didn't have three with me and no good access to internet or my notes.) With this answer I really think there are much more relations and mistaken thought by characters than we thought. Gawyn thought Galad fancied Egwene, remember...And not all quotes are what they seem to be. I think 90 percent of the people or even more just assumed the Elayne quote was a mistake. I certainly did!!!

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  • 3

    Matt Hatch

    Questions by Isabel at Book Signing, 9/4/05:
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    Isabel

    Nynaeve was born with the spark, right?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes.

    Isabel

    Because yesterday there was a question about Learners...somebody who is not born with the spark, but is born with the ability to learn, could they begin channeling unconsciously?

    Robert Jordan

    No, they could not, they would have to make a conscious effort. They could make a conscious effort without a teacher and maybe succeed, but without a teacher they've got a very small chance of actually doing it.

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    Isabel

    Someone (on the internet) has mentioned that you met them in a restroom, and you told them who killed Asmodean.

    Robert Jordan

    No, I did not.

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    Matt Hatch

    Questions WSB Asked at Book Signing, 9/3/05:
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    Ted Herman

    Do the Finns inhabit a perpendicular world?

    Robert Jordan

    No, it is a parallel world.

    Ted Herman

    Does the physical location of the world of Finns have anything to do with the bells ringing when the ta'veren were in together?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

    Ted Herman

    Have the Finns existed as long as the Wheel?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes.

    Ted Herman

    Do they have souls?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes.

    Ted Herman

    Are the Finns from human stock?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

    Ted Herman

    Did they originate in their current location?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes.

    Ted Herman

    Are they related to Tel'aran'rhiod or do they control Tel'aran'rhiod?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

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  • 8

    Matt Hatch

    Questions WSB asked at Book Signing, 9/4/05:
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    Ted Herman

    Is Shaidar Haran an avatar to the world beyond the Bore?

    Robert Jordan

    I am not certain you can really call him an avatar because I generally think of an avatar as having exactly the same powers as, and it is not, Shaidar Haran does not have nearly as much power as the Dark One. It's as though the Dark One is able to project a shadowy form of himself into this creature. It is the Dark One in shadowy form.

    Ted Herman

    Is it twenty-four seven, or just part time?

    Robert Jordan

    Twenty-four seven.

    Ted Herman

    Ohh.

    Harriet

    Shaidar Haran has another life in the suburbs.

    Ted Herman

    Yeah, he has two and half little fades running around.

    Harriet

    He has to go home for the weekend to cut the grass. I don't think so.

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    Ted Herman

    How old is Taim and has he slowed?

    Robert Jordan

    Taim has slowed, but one thing I am not going to reveal it in the books, so I'll tell you, men slow later than women do. And yes, he has slowed, and he is in his late twenties, yes his late twenties.

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  • 11

    Matt Hatch

    Questions Tam asked at Book Signing, 9/3/05?
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    Matt Hatch

    You have been killing my theories left and right since I got here.

    Robert Jordan

    I have always thought that the small whimper of a theory as it dies is a beautiful sound.

    (General laughter all around.)

    Matt Hatch

    Ouch. Okay, now that you have killed my black cord theory, are the oaths and covenants Forsaken make with the Dark One necessary for the Dark One to transmigrate a soul?

    Robert Jordan

    They are not necessary, but he is not likely to do it for anyone who hasn't done, who hasn't sworn to him.

    Matt Hatch

    He doesn't have access to all souls to be able to grab any soul?

    Robert Jordan

    No, no, no. Because of the Bore and the fact that the bore is best perceived, the Bore doesn't really exist in Shayol Ghul, the Bore exists everywhere, it's simply in Shayol Ghul where it can be perceived most easily. By the same token he has greater access to people at Shayol Ghul than he does elsewhere, or did, and uh, that's, when you know, Rahvin died, Rahvin is balefired out of time, slain out of time, cannot be reached, gone. Be'lal, (names someone else).

    Matt Hatch

    Well, then is there something unique about the Forsaken other than the fact that they are his favorites that he would transmigrate them, or be able to?

    Robert Jordan

    Well, he would have been a lot less likely to in an earlier time when they were a lot of powerful knowledgeable channelers who were in his service. Essentially half the people in the world who could channel were on his side, during the War of the Shadow. Now he has very few, he's got the Black Ajah, and a few wilders, and some stuff I ain't going in to, but uh he doesn't have a lot, but he can't afford to waste assets.

    Matt Hatch

    Okay.

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  • 13

    Isabel

    Have you started writing the next book already?

    Robert Jordan

    In a sort of desultory way, working, the week after I handed in the final manuscript, and sent it off to New York, I started working half day here, three quarter day there, a half day again.

    Matt Hatch

    Well, I am hoping for that fifteen hundred page book.

    Robert Jordan

    It may be—I am not saying it will be that big—and I will fight them doing a George R.R Martin on me.

    Matt Hatch

    Yeah, please do.

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    Camel

    Yeah, where's your hat? Your little, in your picture, I was really looking forward to seeing the hat.

    Robert Jordan

    I didn't bring the black one this time, I brought a brown one. I thought it might get rained on a lot.

    Camel

    I was really looking forward to the hat.
  • 15

    Matt Hatch

    Questions asked by Tamyrlin at Book Signing, 9/4/05
  • 16

    Matt Hatch

    The Finns reside in a Parallel World, is that correct?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes.

    Matt Hatch

    Okay, so are Parallel Worlds and Mirror Worlds the same thing?

    Robert Jordan

    No, they are different.

    Matt Hatch

    Okay, well then do Parallel Worlds have their own reflections?

    Robert Jordan

    Possibly.

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  • 17

    Matt Hatch

    Did Lanfear get the opportunity to ask the Finns, to make a wish, after going through the doorway with Moiraine?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

    Matt Hatch

    Okay, well, then did Moiraine get the opportunity to make a wish?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

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  • 18

    Isabel (later)

    I just remembered one question I asked RJ. And I thought I didn't include it. I asked if Calian and Shivan are born at the end of every Age.

    Robert Jordan

    As far as I remember the answer was yes. ;)

    Isabel

    I think I also asked if they are already born, but that must have been a RAFO. :)

    Not very interesting, but perhaps another Theorylander was with me at that time. ;) (I thought I didn't include it [in an earlier report], but I am not 100 percent sure. :p )

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    Matt Hatch (Reported later)

    Did Lanfear and Verin have any contact, and if not did Verin give Egwene the ter'angreal of her own free will?

    Robert Jordan

    Yeah she gave it with her own free will and choice. And no contact between Lanfear and Verin.

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