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  • 1

    Interview: Apr 20th, 2004

    Week 12 Question

    You stated in another interview that Mat's memories came from adventurers who traveled through the ter'angreal. However several of Mat's memories end with the adventurer dying. Since adventurers probably didn't go through the ter'angreal after they died, how could the 'Finns have obtained these memories?

    Robert Jordan

    A good question. I was wondering when someone would ask that. I expected it as soon as Mat started revealing those old memories. At least a partial answer will be coming up in the next main sequence book, so I guess you could say this is a RAFO. But I will say that if I said those adventurers all entered through the two ter'angreal, I misspoke. A good many entered through the Tower of Ghenjei, which was more widely known in earlier years, if never exactly a household name.

    Footnote

    The misstatement in question comes from the Crossroads of Twilight prologue ebook interview.

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  • 2

    Interview: Nov 21st, 1998

    Question

    Does the Snakes and Foxes game played in the Two Rivers have anything to do with the 'finn?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

    John Novak

    (My answer: Duh?)

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  • 3

    Interview: Jul, 2002

    Question

    Are all of Mat’s memories from his past lives?

    Robert Jordan

    No, Mat’s “old” memories are not from his past lives at all. The “sickness” he got from the Shadar Logoth dagger resulted in holes in his memory. He found whole stretches of his life that seemed to be missing. When he passed through the “doorframe” ter’angreal in Rhuidean, one of the things he said – not knowing that the rules here were different than in the other ter’angreal he had used – was that he wanted the holes in his memory filled up, meaning that he wanted to recover his own memories. In this place, however, it was not a matter of asking questions and receiving answers, but of striking bargains for what you want. What he received for that particular demand was memories gathered by the people on that side of the ter’angreal, memories from many men, all long dead, from many cultures. And since not everyone passing by has the nerve to journey through a ter’angreal to some other world, the memories he received were those of adventurers and soldiers and men of daring.

    Footnote

    RJ is obviously talking about the memories Mat received from the Eelfinn, so this quote does not rule out past life memories as an explanation for the Aemon memories in The Dragon Reborn Chapter 19 (before Mat ever visited the Aelfinn or the Eelfinn), nor does the Dromen and Demonen chat rule out the Old Blood as an explanation. Also, RJ meant to say that most of the men who provided the memories went through the Tower of Ghenjei; he corrected himself later in the TOR Questions of the Week.

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  • 4

    Interview: Jul 19th, 2005

    Week 1 Question

    Are the Eelfinn limited in their power to grant wishes? To what degree can they affect the outside world? Also, is there any relation between what the Aelfinn do and Min's ability?

    Robert Jordan

    Oh, yes, there definitely are limits to the powers of the Eelfinn. For one thing, they cannot affect the outside world at all. If you said that you wanted to be King of the World, you might well find that what you received was not what you expected. For example, they might put you out of their world into a world with no other sentient life, where you would be king by default. Then again, you might find yourself with the necessary skills to make yourself King of the World, if you were able. Actually achieving it would be up to you. But then, many of their "gifts" are skewed in this way. You must be very careful as you're asking if you want to receive what you are hoping for. And yet, remember that Mat actually did receive very much what he asked for. Just not in the way that he wanted.

    No, there is no connection between what the Aelfinn do and what Min does.

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  • 5

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Brandon Sanderson (6 January 2011)

    At the 35% mark we have Mat speaking the Old Tongue for the first time, books ahead of him getting memories stuck in his head.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I've always found this a very curious event. Of the five Two Riversers, Mat's powers are the most subtly foreshadowed in the book.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Unless you count the short exchange between Lan and Perrin about wolves in a much earlier chapter.

    KRIT PETTY

    I thought that Mat's Old Tongue was a small way of RJ letting you think maybe Mat was the important one, not Rand.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes, I think you're right on that count. It was certainly meant to make us think.

    LEE DAVIS

    The speaking the Old Tongue is from his bloodline though, not his memories in that case, isn't it?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yes, but it's still foreshadowing. He's the one who does it, not the others.

    SLEEPINGHOUR

    In The Eye of the World, is Mat remembering the Old Tongue from his own past life or from his ancestors?

    TEREZ

    Good question. He seems to have confirmed Old Blood for the Old Tongue, but the Aemon memory?

    FELIX PAX

    That's what my belief is, Aemon. Mat Cauthon is the reborn soul of Aemon. Aemon's Old Tongue.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    It isn't made clear. It could be either. The implication is his bloodline.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    The Aemon connection is certainly implied strongly.

    BRANDON SANDERSON (7 JANUARY)

    "A metal tower?" Rand said. "I'll bet there's treasure inside," Mat said. "A thing like that must have been made to protect something..."

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    This is the start of Mat acting tainted, which always makes me sad. It will be a while before I can read him as himself again.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    First time one of the boys thinks, "I wish [insert other boy] were here. He knows what to say to women" happens at the 48% mark.

    BRANDON SANDERSON (10 JANUARY)

    I love that in the scene in Four Kings, the fact that the innkeeper is thin seems almost as ill an omen as a flock of ravens.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I wonder if Mat wearing the scarf around his head here is foreshadowing intentionally, or by coincidence, of the scarf on his neck.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Either way, there's some other strong foreshadowing there of events in Towers of Midnight, though I won't say specifics to avoid spoilers.

    ADAM DOWARD

    I've been wondering for ages is Mat going to wear an eye patch? Or will he wear a strip of cloth like Gemmel's Grymauch?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    RAFO.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Not sure what I think of the "start chapter, flashback to what has happened since last chapter" narrative style RJ prefers here.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    I don't think he does it as much later. In these first books, he seems more worried about characters going chronologically off of each other.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Note that I do like flashbacks, and think that Chapter 33 is interesting structurally. I don't know if it fits just right, though.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    A good point: Some note that the erratic timeline here does help reinforce the sense of sickness from Rand and Mat's growing paranoia.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Also, it's fun that Mat is getting paranoid and crazy because of the dagger—except when he's thinking about food or a nice bed.

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  • 6

    Interview: 2010

    Anthony Platts (16 August 2010)

    Did Mat break the treaty with the Aelfinn/Eelfinn when he asked the four questions in The Shadow Rising....any consequences??

    Brandon Sanderson (17 August 2010)

    RAFO. :)

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  • 7

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Brandon Sanderson (14 March 2011)

    Man, this Shadow Rising ebook cover really is full of awesome, isn't it?

    MICHAEL GIGLIOTTI

    Mat looks so dark; it's a very stark contrast to his personality.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That was one of my first thoughts too, but he does get grim once in a while. Particularly after being killed...

    BRANDON SANDERSON (20 MARCH)

    Another one for the "Huh, never noticed that before" file. Some Aiel tell Mat is death for him to enter Rhuidean. And they're right.

    TEREZ

    Are they?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    By Mat's perspective. Though he's not 100% sure.

    MANAR

    Wait. No. Mat does not die in Rhuidean, does he? I thought his death came when Rahvin strikes him with lightning.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Mat thinks it counts. Of course, that whole Rahvin thing isn't something he remembers...

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  • 8

    Interview: Jun 27th, 1996

    AOL Chat 1 (Verbatim)

    BIG TX MA

    Mr. Jordan, will we find out more about the Snakes and Foxes in future books?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out! ::stage direction: Phantom of the Opera: Laughter from offstage::

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  • 9

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Erica Sadun

    What was going on in Aelfland when Mat went round and round and round the same location? Were they traveling in time?

    Robert Jordan

    Not traveling in time. The physical laws of nature differ. Mentioning the Dark One [in Randland] is bad luck. In Aelfland, it is *REALLY* bad. You cannot go to Aelfland in Tel'aran'rhiod (similar to stedding).

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  • 10

    Interview: Jun 28th, 1997

    Agent420

    Will we being seeing more of the snakes and foxes in the next book?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

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  • 11

    Interview: Nov 14th, 1998

    Matthew Hunter

    I chimed in later on to ask if "there was a physical resemblance between Cyndane and a certain height-challenged Aes Sedai".

    Robert Jordan

    He said "We don't know yet."

    Matthew Hunter

    I think that means yes, which is interesting. If there hadn't been one, he could have said no, and he has written the descriptions of Cyndane ambiguously enough to prevent any proof either way.

    Footnote

    Matthew is probably referring to the theory that Lanfear had been put into Cabriana Mecandes' body, which was later debunked by Maria. Cabriana wasn't described as short, though, so if he was referring to Moiraine, then of course this was debunked in Towers of Midnight at the latest (not that there was ever much resemblance there aside from height).

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  • 12

    Interview: Mar, 2000

    Paul Ward

    Possible question: Why did the ter'angreal doorway burn down when Lanfear and Moiraine passed through?

    Robert Jordan

    When Moiraine and Lanfear went through the ter'angreal, it burned in part because both were channeling, and the world on the other side of the doorway has a radically different set of natural laws. The odd optical effects witnessed in that other world are not artificially produced artifacts. (complete answer)

    Paul Ward

    The laws for channeling are different on the other side of the doorway...interesting.

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  • 13

    Interview: Apr 6th, 2001

    RV_NL

    What exactly are Mat's memories, are they from his ancestors, as they all seem to be connected to Manetheren?

    Robert Jordan

    Mat's memories are NOT from his ancestors. He said I want to have the holes in his head filled, but he did not specify exactly what he wanted them filled with, and so he received scraps and bits and pieces of memories stolen from other men.

    Footnote

    RJ is obviously talking about the memories Mat received from the Eelfinn, so this quote does not rule out Old Blood as an explanation for the Aemon memories in The Dragon Reborn Chapter 19 (before Mat ever visited the Aelfinn or the Eelfinn), nor does the 'Glimmers' interview rule out past life memories as an explanation.

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  • 14

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2003

    David Funke

    When RJ signed my copies of Winter's Heart and Crossroads of Twilight, I asked him a question. Because of wording he uses when describing the Finn and their meeting with Mat, I thought that maybe Min’s viewings had some relation to them. RJ describes the Finn as looking, not at Mat, but at the air around Mat’s head. I thought this was similar to the way Min sees her viewings. Are they related, I asked him?

    Robert Jordan

    No, he said flatly.

    David Funke

    Shucks, I said to his assistant. I was so sure!

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  • 15

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2003

    Question

    I thought that maybe Min’s viewings had some relation to them. RJ describes the Finn as looking, not at Mat, but at the air around Mat’s head. I thought this was similar to the way Min sees her viewings. Are they related?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

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  • 16

    Interview: Jan 16th, 2003

    Tim Kington

    My friend Josh and I had been talking about how Rand and Mat spent a week in Rhuidean, and so he asked how long Mat was hanging.

    Robert Jordan

    Long enough.

    JOSH

    Long enough for what?

    ROBERT JORDAN

    Long enough to be ALMOST dead.

    TIM KINGTON

    (Emphasis mine) I was pretty sure this was where Mat died and lived again, but I guess that's out of the question now.

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  • 17

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    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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  • 18

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2005

    Matt Hatch

    The Snakes and Foxes seem to have a lot of powers. Do they also have the Power?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

    Matt Hatch

    I have two questions: can they transmigrate souls? Two: can they hold the soul of an individual they have killed?

    Robert Jordan

    No to both.

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  • 19

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    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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  • 20

    Interview: Sep 3rd, 2005

    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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  • 21

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2005

    Ted Herman

    Can you describe the relationship between the Aelfinn and Eelfinn?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

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  • 22

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2005

    Question

    Mr. Jordan, if you could, I would like to know who built the Tower of Ghenjei. If you can't tell us that, is there any kind of detail you can share without compromising the future?

    Robert Jordan

    I am sorry this is a RAFO.

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  • 23

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2005

    Question

    I guess most of your Aelfinn and Eelfinn questions are RAFO, but could you tell us why it was they didn't consider Mat's silver dagger to be a weapon, silver is really iron?

    Robert Jordan

    Why the Finns didn't consider the dagger to be a weapon?

    Question

    Yes.

    Robert Jordan

    No, I am going to have to RAFO that one, it is going to give away too much.

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  • 24

    Interview: Oct 6th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Lord of Salvation, I'm sorry to hear that you had to become a refugee. I hope you plan on returning to help rebuild. My brother teaches at West Jefferson High School.

    Also, Moiraine did enter the Rhuidean doorframe ter'angreal. That's the one that caught fire and melted after she and Lanfear passed through together. Berelain certainly knows of the Tear doorframe, but she has never entered it.

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  • 25

    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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  • 26

    Interview: Oct 26th, 2005

    Tremul

    Do Min and the Finns do the same thing when predicting and answering questions?

    Robert Jordan

    No.

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  • 27

    Interview: Nov 4th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    You CANNOT reach the Tower of Ghengei through the Portal Stones. (direct from RJ)

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  • 28

    Interview: Dec 17th, 2008

    Question

    I know you probably can't go too deeply into it, but are there any questions about the story you had as a fan that you will make sure get answered in this final novel?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am still deeply interested in ascertaining the solution to the quandry regarding the character of Asmodean, most specifically the mystery surrounding the circumstances of his demise. ;)

    I also mentioned Moiraine's fate last year as being a big question I had. She's always been a favorite of mine, and each time I read through the series, I'm left wondering about her. (Well, not any more, since I've read the notes. But you know what I mean.)

    I've been surprised to discover that a lot of readers take her survival for granted, but I've never done so. The letter gives some good clues that she might still be around, but it could also be some kind of trap by the Aelfinn and Eelfinn. The answers and gifts they give are truthful, yet there's often a twisted logic to them as well, it seems.

    I can't say more here, I'm afraid, since I now know too much.

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  • 29

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2009

    Question

    Do the Finns care whether or not the Dark One wins?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

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  • 30

    Interview: Oct 27th, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    I don’t think Jordan ever, maybe somebody asked, in his notes does he ever say what the treaties were between the 'Finns and the people with whom they made them? Are those treaties actually written down somewhere?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um—I think that you may see some of this in the encyclopedia. How is that for a Robert Jordan answer for you? The encyclopedia is coming. [Stuff about the Big White Book]. It is actually going to be an encyclopedia...Harriet, Maria and Alan are working on that. A Memory of Light comes first so they have to keep dividing their time. My guess would be 2012, but if we’re really on the ball, I would think releasing it the same year of the last volume would be a smart thing to do...Peter will you take a note to let Maria know that I told them that that might happen so she is not blind sided by it. She and Harriet will have to decide if that goes in if anything regarding that goes in. The original treaty between the Aelfinn and Eelfinn and mankind. Just remind me to talk to Harriet to talk to Maria about it.

    MATT HATCH

    Are the treaties different?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Different from what?

    MATT HATCH

    There are two treaties...(hard to hear what I ask next, but I’m clarifying Snakes and Foxes).

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    They are similar, how about that. They are similar enough that they could be considered functionally identical but there are little differences.

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  • 31

    Interview: Nov 19th, 2009

    Question

    Some kid, to much laughter, asked if Rand was really going to die.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sanderson said something to the effect of 'What did the Finn say?' He then said that the prophecies must be fulfilled or the Pattern will break.

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  • 32

    Interview: Nov 21st, 2009

    Matt Hatch

    So, how many Finns are there?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO. I’m going to RAFO a lot of Finn stuff just so you know.

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  • 33

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2010

    Question

    How do the 'Finns store memories? Obviously they don't just have flash drives laying around.

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 34

    Interview: Apr 23rd, 2010

    Question

    Are there any servants of the Dark One among the 'Finns?

    Maria Simons

    RAFO.

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  • 35

    Interview: Sep 4th, 2010

    Question

    The Aelfinn and the Eelfinn. Are there more? Did I miss huge tracts of information about them throughout the books, because I feel very unknowledgeable by going into this book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    You have not missed anything if you have read the sequences where people go through the Redstone doorways. You have the same information that everyone else has, except for a few Theorylanders who've asked very obscure questions of Robert Jordan.

    Terez

    Brandon Sanderson

    But yeah, you know what you need to know from that and from the discussions in the book. And the things you need to know will mostly be re-covered in this book.

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  • 36

    Interview: Jun 10th, 2010

    Luckers

    This is also from one of Brandon's hash outs with Matt from Theoryland. In it Brandon speaks of the nature of Parallel Worlds.

    Brandon: Extrapolations of this question get us to: is there one Dragon for all different Parallels or are they all different Dragons? Traveling through the Portal Stone seems to indicate that there are many different lives Rand could have led. The same thing happens with several of the ter'angreal that people go through. The question then is, are those all separate universes? Do we have a multi-verse sort of concept? Or are they possibilities and do these worlds all exist or could exist, what is the difference. In some of those Rand failed. So, is Rand the Dragon in all of them or is Rand not the Dragon in some of them? What happens in the ones where Rand failed? Are they real worlds? Are those different worlds where there is a different Dark One who then takes over and destroys that world or maybe not, maybe he makes it has he wishes. Or are those just possibilities, reflections of this world that don't really exist except when we touch them? Those are all very good questions. Robert Jordan said that Tel'aran'rhiod is a reflection of all different worlds, which implies other worlds continue to exist. The World of the Finns is something different...

    Matt: ...he called it a Parallel World...

    Brandon: Yes, the Parallel World, that one and also the one Rand and Lanfear visited are persistent regardless of someone from this world visiting. Yet, many of those seem almost shadowy and reflections of the real world, some of them seem as real just strange when visiting them. What happens in these different world, that sort of thing, those were never questions that Robert Jordan answered...

    Ok, my request for clarification is mainly concerned with that last paragraph—specifically it left me confused about whether Brandon is speaking about Parallel Worlds or Mirror Worlds. Brandon seems to lump both in together, describing some as shadowy, some as solid. Brandon describes the Finn world as THE Parallel World (we also know the Ogier world is a Parallel World), but in the same paragraph Brandon seems to define it as a persistent Mirror World of some form, and grants that same allocation to the world Rand and Lanfear visited in The Great Hunt.

    Maria Simons

    Cut Brandon a break, here. I had to look it up to make sure that I had which one was which correct. The 'finn worlds are Parallel Worlds, the Ogier world is a Parallel World. The place that Lanfear, Rand, Loial and Hurin went to was a Mirror World, as were all of the ones in the Portal Stone incident.

    Luckers

    [Sorry Brandon! I am an uber geek and get carried away and never meant to attack you! Mea culpa!]

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  • 37

    Interview: Oct 9th, 2010

    Ted Herman

    Can a Dreamer access Tel'aran'rhiod if trapped by the 'Finns?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Tough question LOL, MAFO.

    Maria Simons

    I don’t know. I don’t think so, but I can’t back that up.

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  • 38

    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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  • 39

    Interview: Apr 15th, 2011

    Question

    [paraphrased] Were there any consequences from Rand asking questions of the Aelfinn that touched on the Shadow (about cleansing the taint and winning Tarmon Gai'don)?

    Alan Romanczuk

    Moiraine and Cadsuane thought there would be consequences, but that doesn't necessarily make it so.

    Ted Herman

    However, the glossary entry in Towers of Midnight for the Aelfinn states that there are consequences in such circumstances, so either that is wrong or there is a possible contradiction.

    Towers of Midnight
    CHAPTER: GLOSSARY
    Aelfinn: A race of beings, largely human in appearance but with snakelike characteristics, who will give true answers to three questions. Whatever the question, their answers are always correct, if frequently given in forms that are not clear, but questions concerning the Shadow can be extremely dangerous. Their true location is unknown, but they can be visited by passing through a ter'angreal, once a possession of Mayene but in recent years held in the Stone of Tear. They can also be reached by entering the Tower of Ghenjei. They speak the Old Tongue, mention treaties and agreements, and ask if those entering carry iron, instruments of music, or devices that can make fire. See also Eelfinn, Snakes and Foxes.

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  • 40

    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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  • 41

    Interview: Nov 16th, 2010

    Julien

    He also asked what was the riddle that the Snakes & Foxes told Rand that gave him the answer about how to cleanse saidin. We know their answer to "How can I win the Last Battle?", "How can I survive the Last Battle?" and we know the result of Rand's third answer about cleansing the source but we don't know what the riddle was.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon was not sure if he could tell us this without giving something away so he got an email and find out on this question.

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  • 42

    Interview: Oct 15th, 2011

    Ted Herman

    Did Mordeth go to the Finns?

    Brandon Sanderson

    YES.

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  • 43

    Interview: Jul 11th, 2010

    Stefan

    Has Mat's answer from the 'Finns about living and dying already happened?

    Brandon Sanderson

    In the books, Mat says that he's "Pretty Sure" that he'd already died. So use that as a guide.

    FOOTNOTE

    A better guide might be the two Balticon reports, both of which claim RJ said the Caemlyn death fulfilled the prophecy. RJ also confirmed that Mat was only 'almost' dead in Rhuidean to Tim Kington in 2003, and in 1999 in Sydney he noted that Mat hopes the prophecy was fulfilled in Rhuidean (because he doesn't remember dying in Caemlyn).

    SEMIRHAGE666

    Wasn't that fulfilled when he was hung from Avendesora?

    STEFAN

    That's what I'm wondering, whether that was it or not.

    EAST COAST GIRL

    But I thought Mat DIDN'T die when he got hung, just came really close ...

    MAGICKAL MAN

    Mat died and then Rand used balefire and turned back time.

    STEFAN

    Right *facepalm* I don't know how I forgot that.

    RLRHORROCKS

    If he had actually died when he was hung, Rand wouldn't have been able to bring him back. (i.e.: crazy puppet girl in the Stone)

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Re: Another Mat being hung confirmation. Like I said, Mat's pretty sure that counted for him dying. He really doesn't want to try anything like that again...

    Footnote

    Brandon has consistently presented a "confused" front on this issue; he was still doing it in 2011. Most likely he is trying to be clever about it, maybe playing on RJ's 2009 interview, but all it does is stir up the fans who happen to know what RJ said about it (which is a good number of them; it's common knowledge).

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    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Luckers

    What happened to Moiraine’s original angreal? The one she had in the Two Rivers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh, you mean the fat man with... no, wait that was Rand....

    LUCKERS

    Yeah, Moiraine’s one was an ivory woman.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, yeah. You know, that’s a good question, because it’s odd, the notes specifically said she got the angreal as one of her wishes...

    LUCKERS

    Ah, so it’s definitely not the angreal Lanfear had? People have asked, I think because both were bracelets.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    No, it’s definitely a different angreal. But yes, if she had another angreal, why would she ask for one?

    LUCKERS

    Maybe the Finns took her original one. I mean she was naked when they found her, so they took...

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, maybe *looks dubious*.

    LUCKERS

    Or maybe it’s still in Cairhien with the rest of her stuff.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, but it would still be odd, that she’d ask, if she had another. Yeah, so, I don’t know, sorry.

    Footnote

    There are not two bracelets; the description in The Fires of Heaven is the exact same description of that given in Towers of Midnight. In other words, Moiraine's new angreal is the same one she clawed away from Lanfear; her old one disappeared.

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  • 45

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Eleanor

    Will all the questions Rand and Moiraine asked of the Aelfinn be revealed in A Memory of Light?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.(Will we know more?) They will be partially revealed.

    ELEANOR

    This one I can't remember too well from the notes taken, so the wording may be a little off. He looked certain and a little cheerful on this one.

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  • 46

    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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  • 47

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    JordanCon 2012 - Terez (Paraphrased)

    Question

    Has Verin ever been to the 'Finns or through the Rhuidean rings?

    Maria Simons

    Not that I know of.

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  • 48

    Interview: Nov 24th, 2012

    PrncRny

    I was thinking about Moiraine's questions to the Aelfinn. We already know what one of them was, is there any hint as to the other two?

    Brandon Sanderson

    If they aren't revealed in the last book, they will probably be in the encyclopedia. We want to save a few things for that, just so you know.

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  • 49

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Rich E (23 January 2013)

    Did Rand's third question to the Aelfinn involve whether/how the Dark One could be killed?

    Brandon Sanderson (23 January 2013)

    I think Maria and Harriet are planning to put these in the encyclopedia, but you are right on the third question.

    Peter Wikberg

    What did Moiraine ask Aelfinn/Eelfinn?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Ooh, good question. And one I don't have the answer to that handy, but we can MAFO that and ask Maria.

    Maria Simons

    Everything I know about Aelfinn/Eelfinn questions/wishes will be in the encyclopedia.

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