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  • 1

    Interview: 2010

    Austin Moore (7 July 2010)

    You mentioned that something important happened between books 4-6 that people missed.... Can you elaborate anymore on that?

    Brandon Sanderson (7 July 2010)

    Only thing I'll say is that I'm sure at least one person has guessed what it has to do with. (They emailed me.)

    Footnote

    Brandon was probably aware that Callandor had correctly guessed what it had to do with on Theoryland, since Peter likely told him that we had accidentally disqualified it by way of misinterpreting his statement that we were 'not on the right track'.

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  • 2

    Interview: Nov 14th, 2000

    SciFi.com Chat (Verbatim)

    dragoman

    How does Mat's medallion damage the gholam? Also, what significance to the Seanchan does his spear have?

    Robert Jordan

    Laughing... Read and Find out. If I tell you, you get bored with the new books!

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  • 3

    Interview: Apr 6th, 2001

    Sarah-Kayan

    Does the ashandarei come from the Age of Legends?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, the ashandarei comes from the Age of Legends.

    Sarah-Kayan

    If Mat only has memories from around the Trolloc Wars, how does he know how to use it?

    Robert Jordan

    Mat does not have memories only from the Trolloc Wars. Mat's memories extend all the way into the time of Artur Hawkwing 1000 years later.

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  • 4

    Interview: Oct 20th, 2005

    KOD Signing Report (Paraphrased)

    Question

    I went to the signing tonight and asked the "Where did Mat's spear come from and what was its significance for him receiving it from the Finns? He received i) a way out ii) to be free from Aes Sedai, and iii) to have his memories filled" question. It's one I've been wondering for a while.

    Robert Jordan

    RJ's answer was that the Finns just saw it as a way to kill Mat.

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  • 5

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    You had a quote that we all talked about just recently, that there is a small detail with this secret thing. There were two quotes we put together where you told somebody from Chicago where you say this detail first comes out between books 4-6. Is that verified?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It’s been going for a long time. Somewhere in four and six the first hints of it are mentioned.

    MATT HATCH

    But that’s not the only time it’s ever mentioned?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    It’s not the only time it’s ever mentioned. It is…hints about this hidden thing appear in pretty much...in several of the books. It first, somewhere in one of those three is the beginning of where it shows up. The first hint that you get. [...] I mean, it’s a small thing that means something large, that sort of thing...and you guys are very good at finding things and I’m not going to say whether you hit it or not.

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  • 6

    Interview: Nov 7th, 2009

    Brandon Sanderson

    Even Brandon had moments of "Aaaah! I knew it!" He also has had the "wait, really?" moments and often, while going through notes, has said, "Ah, that group is right!" [Referring to groups on the message boards.] He also confided that there is one thing that isn't being discussed on any of the forums yet that will blow our minds when we read it. Yay!

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  • 7

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2011

    Question

    Did the Eelfinn know Mat would be returning when they gave him the ashandarei and told him "Wise to take leavetaking, etc..."?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They don't have perfect knowledge of the future (think Dreamers) but they knew it was a possibility. Also, they gave him the ashandarei in fulfillment of his request for leavetaking, but were hoping he would not realize that, and be trapped in their domain.

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  • 8

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Ted Herman

    When the Eelfinn told Mat, 'Wise to ask for leavetaking, when you set no price' etc., did they know he would be back?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The 'Finns do not have a perfect vision of the future, but are capable of reading some things about it, and so I would say it's likely they knew. They didn't know everything, though.

    Ted Herman

    So, it's...to the best of their knowledge, they couldn't...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. They sincerely tried to kill him, but they knew there was a strong possibility he'd be back.

    Ted Herman

    Did they know that his ashandarei was the answer to the leavetaking thing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They knew what they were giving him. They were hoping he wouldn't.

    Ted Herman

    Excellent. Thank you.

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  • 9

    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Andrew Gelos

    I had one last pronunciation—and unfortunately I had my thing muted at the moment—but is it ah-SHAHN-dah-RYE? (ashandarei)

    Maria Simons

    ah-SHAHN-dah-RYE.

    VIRGINIA

    Oh! I didn't think of that one. [crosstalk]

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  • 10

    Interview: Nov 9th, 2009

    Question

    You mentioned a clue that occurred in books 4-6. What can you tell us about that?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon mentioned that he isn’t on the web constantly so he can’t state for certain whether or not it has been discussed. However he doubts very strongly that it has ever been discussed at length. That being said he did say that he was ‘very surprised’ that it hasn’t been discussed. Basically he thought it more important than ‘who killed Asmodean”.

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  • 11

    Interview: May 30th, 2010

    Matt Hatch

    So, I didn't get to ask many questions. I spent lunch with Brandon, but pestering him with questions seemed inappropriate at the time and the Q&A was after his reading/book signing which I had to leave early.

    Oh well.

    But two things he did say.

    Brandon Sanderson

    One, recently he read an email a fan sent; this particular fan picked the right small detail. Two—I asked him regarding the big impact of the small detail and he said we have been discussing this big event, which I felt he implied that we (fandom) have been discussing this big event for a long time.

    Matt Hatch

    As to other questions, I plan to attend DragonCon, so I recommend we get a list of questions together for that event (still have three months).

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  • 12

    Interview: Oct 28th, 2009

    Barmacral

    Warning: Potential spoilers for the entire Mistborn Series, if you do not want to know, do not read ahead!

    I was one of the Chicago Storm Leaders, and was able to ask some questions of Brandon before the signing itself, most everything was repeated at the signing at one point or another, except for one detail; Brandon mentioned a tidbit about Towers of Midnight.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There is a very small detail in books 4-6, not sure which one that will end up playing a huge role in Towers of Midnight (might end up being in A Memory of Light, but pretty sure he said Towers of Midnight). This is on a scale of Vin's earring in Mistborn, with how that was such a minor detail touched on in book one, and ended up being the key detail that saved the day in the end. That kind of small detail.

    Barmacral

    So, go nuts with your speculation folks.

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  • 13

    Interview: Oct 31st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    Since we are fan freaks, and we enjoy all that is speculation as it pertains to the Wheel of Time, I thought I'd pass this on from a report in Chicago and something Brandon said at a signing today in Vegas. Here is the quote. And here is what he said in Vegas when talking about Towers of Midnight:

    Brandon Sanderson

    "...including one thing is secretly hidden in the books for books and books and books, and I haven't been able to find a hint that any of the fan communities have even gotten a whiff it, which is awesome, because they get a whiff of almost everything. And it is really going to be a shocker when it happens, but it is going to be one of those shockers that people are going to slap their foreheads, why haven't we been talking about this for twelve years..."

    Matt Hatch

    So—while I find it hard to believe that none of us have found it, or discussed it even in our geekiest "out in left field" craziness, like Mat being the Dark One's Pawn, it sounds like something fun to be on the lookout for over the next year.

    Seems to me almost insulting...if we don't or haven't found it.

    Footnote

    It was something we had discussed before, and it was brought up fairly early on in the thread as a possibility. We just couldn't make sense of it.

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  • 14

    Interview: Jan 9th, 2013

    Question

    Did you insert a character based on yourself in the books like you did with fans?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Let me answer that in reverse. The whole fan name thing, where it came from is, I wrote the first book, The Gathering Storm, and I got several notes from Maria that said, "You know, a lot of your names don't feel right. They don't feel like Wheel of Time names." And it was one of the areas that, fans noticed it too when the book came out. I named people like I name people, and so for Towers of Midnight, I felt, "I need to radically change the way I name. I need to use Robert Jordan's methods." So while talking to Maria and Harriet, Harriet told me this wonderful story where...you think he named someone after...(to Harriet)...a washing machine, was it? You remember you said, like there's a little name on one of the washing machines...was it you?

    Harriet McDougal

    The stove.

    Maria Simons

    The stove is a Jenn Air, and every time I looked at it, I would think of the Jenn Aiel. [laughter]

    Harriet McDougal

    And at one point I was taking allergy medicine, and whoever considered Corianin's surname—Seldane?

    Brandon Sanderson

    And there's an Ogier St. in Charleston. And beyond that, Robert Jordan was naming a lot of characters in the books off of mythological figures, with some twists. And so I felt—I actually said, "I'm going to grab a phone book, and I'm just going to go looking for names and try and tweak those names to start naming in the Wheel of Time." And when I did that, I stopped and thought, "Wait a minute. I had a list of names; it's in the list of the names of the fans who were part of this one charity drive we did." So I just started grabbing their names; that's as random as the phone book for me, and that's where the naming [characters] after fans thing came from. It was me forcing myself to try and do something different in the way that I'd been naming.

    Now, back to the original question, did I name anything after myself: Actually, there's a cameo by Robert Jordan in the books, of Robert Jordan. Do you guys know what it is? If you know, raise your hands. If you don't know...most of you do know? No, most of you don't know. There is a statue of Robert Jordan in the books. It is discovered among the ter'angreal that were originally in Rhuidean, right? Rhuidean? No, Ebou Dar; that's right, it's the Ebou Dar cache. See, that's why I looked at Maria, and I'm like, "Where did they come from?" And there's a man that has the contents of many stories contained, and that was described to look like Robert Jordan.

    I gave myself a similar cameo to that, in that, one of the times when I was visiting Charleston, Wilson—who was Robert Jordan's cousin, and they were very dear friends, like siblings—was taking Robert Jordan's weapons collection, and figuring out what to do with, and he had so many weapons. [laughter] It was really awesome to go walking through his workshop, so to speak—where he'd work—and see all these weapons, and see all of the different versions of the ashandarei that he had, and you can just imagine him swinging them about and deciding how he was going to do this, and describing certain weapons. He had everything, and so he'd use it. And Wilson was doing this, and he said to me, "Brandon, go out there and pick one, anything you want. Go grab one." And so, I couldn't pass up an opportunity like that, stunned though I was, and I went out there and I found at the very back a katana with a scabbard that had a red-and-gold dragon on it, twisting around the scabbard. And I don't know if the idea for Rand's dragons came first, and then he bought the scabbard and the sword because it looked like that, or if that was part of the inspiration. I suspect it was the former, that he saw that and thought, "Wow, that's just like the..."

    But either way, I picked that one, and then I wrote that sword into the books, which you will find if you look around; that sword is mentioned. So that's my cameo, is I put my sword in. It now hangs on my wall, inside a case—my wife had it, got a case and a little plaque that says "Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time," underneath. And it hangs on my wall with Robert Jordan's birthdate underneath it.

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  • 15

    Interview: Jan 9th, 2013

    Question

    How was Old Tongue created? Was it based on another language, or was it just off the top of his head?

    Maria Simons

    It was based on a lot of different languages. He had shelves and shelves of language books—every language, practically, known to man—but it was a lot of creativity on his part to put it all together.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Another fun story here. At one point, when I was visiting Charleston, I was talking about the mythological significance of certain things, and I'm like, "I can't figure out the mythological significance of the ashandarei." I knew pieces of Mat's mythological significance—not based on language, but the mythology—and Harriet said, "Oh, I know where it came from." She ran out to his library, selected a specific volume, came back with it and gave it to me and said, "It's this chapter right here." And showed me a chapter in that book that I could read that talked about the mythological significance of that specific piece of the Wheel of Time world. And so, there are all sorts of things like that that he used.

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