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  • 1

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2004

    Week 4 Question

    At recent book signing following the release of Crossroads of Twilight, it was reported that you confirmed that the Forsaken Demandred has never posed as the man known as Mazrim Taim, who was introduced to Rand at the beginning of Lord of Chaos. Have you confirmed that Demandred has never posed as the man known as Mazrim Taim, leader of the Black Tower?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes. Demandred has never posed as Mazrim Taim. All right, those of who fell over from the shock of a simple, straightforward answer can get up off the floor now. Sometimes, simple and straightforward can be the most devious of all, as any student of Aes Sedai will tell you.

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  • 2

    Interview: 2010

    Shivam Bhatt (28 July 2010)

    There's no way in hell that Demandred ISN'T Taim.

    Brandon Sanderson (28 July 2010)

    Except, you know, RJ saying five or six times he wasn't...

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  • 3

    Interview: 2010

    Andrew Leston (7 August 2010)

    I believe I've figured out who Demandred is based solely on Lord of Chaos. Is this possible?

    Brandon Sanderson (7 August 2010)

    It MIGHT be possible. I honestly can't remember where all of the clues are.

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  • 4

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Austin Moore (3 January 2011)

    Has Demandred even been doing anything important besides building an army? (guessing it's in Murandy)

    Brandon Sanderson (3 January 2011)

    He's been doing lots of important things.

    AUSTIN MOORE (4 JANUARY)

    Why do you think RJ straight up said that Taim wasn't Demandred when he could've just said RAFO and kept everyone guessing?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I think he was tired of people all looking in the same place.

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  • 5

    Interview: Oct 25th, 1994

    Question

    What about Mazrim Taim? Isn't his withstanding of the madness for fifteen years something exceptional? [Short segue from there to Taim=Demandred?]

    Robert Jordan

    The duration varies from man to man; the circumstances are different, and the men themselves. Nobody really knows how long the process takes (or has to take), since once you start channeling the Aes Sedai usually find you pretty quickly, and gentling stops the progression of the madness and the taint (though it does not cure what's already happened). Channeling is addictive; once you've done it, you can't stop. The Breaking took about a hundred years before all the men finally died, though some of them did shelter in the stedding for a while. Nobody knows how long the process takes, except that there is variation. It's all in my notes.

    Question

    But what about Taim? Isn't fifteen years something really exceptional? [Subtext: Is he Demandred???]

    Robert Jordan

    Read and Find Out.

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  • 6

    Interview: Oct 20th, 1998

    Ryan R.

    I asked Jordan when a man with the spark would slow. He hesitated and rubbed his chin, obviously trying to make up the answer on the spot, and doing it to be consistent with the books.

    Robert Jordan

    The answer is: Women usually slow at twenty, sometimes a little earlier, but usually around there. Men wouldn't slow until twenty-five, usually closer to thirty. He claims that they could go past thirty, but that probably depends on how early they start and how much they channel.

    Ryan R.

    So, if Taim started at twenty or so, like Rand (actually, that's later than Rand), and channeled a reasonable amount, he would probably slow at twenty-seven or thereabouts. After all, Nynaeve started probably at sixteen or seventeen, and only channeled on the uncommon occasion that someone was dying in her presence of some disease, and slowed at twenty-three (that's the age Setalle Anan thought she was, but she's twenty-six). That's seven years or so.

    Well, Taim looks thirty-five, according to Rand. He shouldn't. Even if he didn't slow until he was thirty-two, Rand still wouldn't have estimated him as being as much as fifteen years older than he was. So, my conclusion—Taim is Demandred. Only a Forsaken could look that old, given the slowing. Yes, I know it's not solid, irrefutable evidence, but it's still good evidence. That's my two cents.

    Ryan R. "He Who Just Missed Coming With the Dawn"

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  • 7

    Interview: Apr 4th, 2001

    Aan'allein

    Do Sarene and Corele have ageless faces? He didn't seen to recall the names, so I said "at the end of Winter's Heart, the Aes Sedai with Flinn who attack Demandred..."

    Robert Jordan

    Uh yeah, uh well, no no. Uh, some of them do, yes, some of them have ageless faces, but not all of them.

    Aan'allein

    But do the two who were in the circle with Flinn have ageless faces?

    Robert Jordan

    Oh, let's see.. oh, the two who were in the circle with Min?

    Aan'allein

    Flinn.

    Robert Jordan

    Flinn, ah... Just trying to remember which ones I had with which one...

    Aan'allein

    Sarene and Corele.

    Robert Jordan

    Sarene Nemdahl does have an ageless face and ehh... I think Masuri... no Masuri was not.... I'm sorry, I actually forgot who I...

    Aan'allein

    [And then the silly man who had done the interview interrupted us and talked about the time and that it was getting late. So I thanked Jordan and circled around the line to go stand close to the table where he was signing, see if I could pick up any more interesting tidbits. Well, at least we now know for sure that one of the Aes Sedai had an ageless face, so that Demandred should have seen this if he was as close to them as those opposing Taimandred claim.]

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  • 8

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Gonzo the Great

    Did Demandred recognise Flinn in the last chapter of Winter's Heart?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

    GONZO THE GREAT

    Naturally :( .

    GONZO THE GREAT

    Would Taim have recognised Flinn, in that position?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    Yes.

    GONZO THE GREAT

    Not expected, but not helpful either because of [the previous answer].

    GONZO THE GREAT

    Did you intend in Winter's Heart to make it clear that Demandred is not Taim?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    RAFO.

    GONZO THE GREAT

    Obvious :D .

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  • 9

    Interview: Apr 5th, 2001

    Aan'allein

    When Damer Flinn and Sarene and Corele attacked Demandred, how far away were they? In yards, meters, ...?

    Robert Jordan

    Ah...no, they were eh... [long silence while he's thinking] no, no, no...Damer Flinn and Corele eh... no, no, that's meters...just some meters. Err, they couldn't have come face-to-face. That's eh... Yeah, it's not a short, not a really...not like you and me.

    Aan'allein

    ...he didn't see the ageless faces...

    Robert Jordan

    ... [nothing really, he was done signing then, but no contradiction either]

    Aan'allein

    The general idea I now have is that it was something like 10, maybe 20 meters between them. Not the 100+ meters I'd kinda expected.

    All in all it was a pretty short session, but well worth it, even with all the added travel time.

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  • 10

    Interview: Apr 8th, 2001

    Robert Jordan

    Hrm, but that wasn't all. I distinctly remember someone asking, "Did Demandred recognize Flinn?", getting answered RAFO, followed by a question "Would Taim recognize Flinn in a similar circumstance?", being answered that "yes, he should" if the distance wasn't too large or something.

    But then I mentioned that the distance wasn't all that great, just a couple of meters, he'd said so just a few days before, and he looked at me in a way that said, "you know all you need to know about this, I'm not going to make it any more obvious."

    Aan'allein

    I know it isn't proof, and I hate my guts for not taping this so I'm capable of showing something tangible, but the way it was all said, the way it played out...I don't believe Taimandred anymore. Not just because of this actually. I already had the feeling last Friday, after another mention of the "seen something pretty out of the corner of their eye / for the last third they must have read someone else's books" about the FAQ. Although there was something more, something about that he doesn't work "that way." Again it wasn't anything concrete, but at that point I began to doubt all our "person x = person y" theories. Added to his look at my remark about the distance (which he told me himself just two days before; he really shouldn't have tried to evade the Taim question using that), I've stopped believing in Taimandred. I hope KuraFire has a good recollection of exactly what Jordan said here.

    Oh, by the way, it is pronounced Taa-eem, not tame.

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  • 11

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2003

    Question

    Is Taim Demandred?

    Robert Jordan

    No, that is totally bogus.

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  • 12

    Interview: Jan 16th, 2003

    Matthew Julius

    It's been said that you mentioned that Mazrim Taim is not Demandred. There seems to be some confusion on whether or not you said that.

    Robert Jordan

    Mazrim Taim is not Demandred.

    MATTHEW JULIUS

    So, he's being set up as a new Demandred then?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    RAFO.

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  • 13

    Interview: Jan 16th, 2003

    Tim Kington

    Taim is clearly not Demandred, right?

    Robert Jordan

    (Disgusted) I've said that before, and it's not Taim, it's Ta-eeem.

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  • 14

    Interview: Feb 26th, 2003

    tarvalon.net Q&A (Verbatim)

    It has also been further confirmed that:

    Robert Jordan

    —Taimandred is bogus.

    —Rand has only one soul, but has two personalities.

    —Museam Replicas will be producing the Sword and Dragon pins as well as an approved version of the Great Serpent ring (which apparently goes around the finger twice before biting its own tail).

    —Someone has correctly deduced who killed Asmodean, so no one should ever ask him that question again.

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  • 15

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    Isabel

    Was Taimandred a deliberate ruse to lead your readers astray, or were you surprised (by the all of the theories connecting Taim to Demandred)?

    Robert Jordan

    I was surprised but I wasn't going to disabuse you of it for a while, I like to watch you squirm.

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  • 16

    Interview: Oct 25th, 1994

    Edward Liu

    I told him about the theory, which someone posted, that Taim is Demandred who will eventually be discovered and killed with Logain replacing him.

    Robert Jordan

    He sounded interested at first, but then he laughed (I think about the part of Logain replacing him as the teacher of the Asha'man). And of course he said, "Read and find out."

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