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  • 1

    Interview: 2010

    Brandon Sanderson (26 May 2010)

    Blast. Where did I put my copy of New Spring? (Grumbles and goes up to search his library.)

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Found it. You know, I like New Spring, but I really don't think people should start with it. It reveals too much about Moiraine and Lan.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    In response to questions, I'm thinking New Spring is best read after Book Four. That's a good place to gain context on Moiraine.

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  • 2

    Interview: 2010

    Brandon Sanderson (29 July 2010)

    Lol. In making comments on Towers of Midnight, Maria referenced The Eye of the World...and found an as-of-yet uncaught mistake.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Oh, and I think the error Maria caught in The Eye of the World was a line saying Lan's homeland had the "hundred lakes" and not the "thousand lakes."

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  • 3

    Interview: 2010

    Terez (10 August 2010)

    I thought of a Lan question. Did Elyas really teach Lan anything about the Blight? Or was that a TEOTWism?

    Terez

    I have a feeling you are going to MAFO that. Does @MariaLSimons play Magic? Surely we can bribe her with something.

    Brandon Sanderson (10 August 2010)

    I've never questioned that one, so I haven't thought to ask about it or look it up. Is there a reason I should wonder?

    Terez

    Only that Lan was practically raised in the Blight by the Malkieri. Wouldn't think Elyas could teach him much about it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is a good point. I'll go ahead and do as you said and MAFO that one. You might be right; might be an EoTWism.

    Maria Simons

    I can’t find anything to clarify this, either. I will just offer up anecdote: I have been reading WoT for 22 years, and went to work for its creator over 17 years ago. I could be said to live and breathe The Wheel of Time. But Terez has taught me much about WoT. It could be a TEOTWism, or Lan could have been thinking of some very specific things that Elyas shared that he found helpful.

    Footnote—Terez

    I thought about asking how Elyas could teach Lan anything about the sword, too, but I figured the Blight bit was the most incredible. TEOTWism: this was stolen from the fandom for Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen series. The first book of that series is called Gardens of the Moon, and in that fandom, details that are particular to the first book—details that cause continuity issues later in the series—are referred to as GOTMisms.

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  • 4

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    E.G. Hornbostel (3 January 2011)

    Brandon, does Lan still sharpen his impossible-to-dull heron blade in the electronic edition of The Eye of the World?

    Brandon Sanderson (3 January 2011)

    I actually have Robert Jordan's original word files; I need to get the new ebooks.

    Footnote

    It's actually not a heron-mark blade. Just a Powerwrought blade.

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  • 5

    Interview: 2010

    sleepinghour (8 November 2010)

    Who is the best swordsman in WoT right now? Lan, Galad, or Gawyn?

    Brandon Sanderson (8 November 2010)

    Lan. Then Galad. Then Gawyn. Gawyn is luckier than he thinks he is.

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  • 6

    Interview: 2011

    Twitter 2011 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Brandon Sanderson (11 January 2011)

    You know, Lan's backstory is a lot like Superman's.

    HBFFERREIRA

    Isam = Bizarro?

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Lol.

    SLEEPINGHOUR

    Does Lan still have the locket from his mother? It was never mentioned again after The Eye of the World.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    That is an excellent question.

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  • 7

    Interview: Jun 21st, 1996

    Robert Jordan

    He may or may not give a Lan POV. The POV is usually determined by the slant he wants to give to the information. Sometimes he plans for one character to have the POV, but has to switch to another.

    Footnote

    The only Lan POVs completely written by RJ are in New Spring.

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  • 8

    Interview: Jun 26th, 1996

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    Mark

    Mr. Jordan: I like the fact that the main characters are a little unsure of themselves about how to proceed in their world, particularly Rand. Instead, the traditional "superhuman" is Lan, who plays a background role thus far. Will we see more of him?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes, some more.

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    lan, rand,
  • 9

    Interview: Jun 26th, 1996

    Compuserve Chat (Verbatim)

    Dawn Rosen

    Thank you—I've really enjoyed the series and look forward to reading your current book. I'm having trouble placing the amount of time that has gone by since the early days when the Aes Sedai came to the Two Rivers. How long has it been? Also, will Nynaeve and Lan ever get together, face to face?

    Robert Jordan

    It's about two years since the beginning. Roughly—very roughly. As to them getting together, read and find out, my dear, read and find out (he chuckled richly).

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  • 10

    Interview: Oct 18th, 1996

    AOL Chat (Verbatim)

    Question

    Why is there such a long delay before characters return to the main story? i.e.: Lan.

    Robert Jordan

    Not everybody can be center stage front at the same time.

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  • 11

    Interview: Oct 9th, 1996

    Question

    Tell us about those Sea Folk rituals during the wedding...

    Robert Jordan

    How old are you?

    Question

    Over the age of consent.

    Robert Jordan

    You're too young!

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  • 12

    Interview: Nov 11th, 1997

    Nansen from Ithaca, NY

    Hi, just curious. In the last section of The Eye of the World, Lan says that the bond does not tell him the direction where his Aes Sedai is exactly; it is just a general feeling. But then later in the series, both he and Rand had the ability to tell an exactly straight line direction the location of whom they are bonded to. Is this an inconsistency or is there an explanation? Thanks!

    Robert Jordan

    Yes. There is an explanation. A change that was supposed to be made in manuscript in The Eye of the World and did not get set into type and which [has not] been corrected. I have been trying to get that changed every since I discovered that The Eye of the World has been published with the erroneous information. I hope they are still not printing the books with it.

    Footnote

    Encyclopaedia WoT keeps a list of errata here.

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  • 13

    Interview: Nov 11th, 1998

    Slayer

    Do Min's viewings always predict the future, or do some tell about the past, mainly the seven towers around Lan in The Eye of the World?

    Robert Jordan

    Um, her viewings are always concerning the future.

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  • 14

    Interview: Nov 10th, 2000

    Brandon Downey

    Another guy behind me asked if he felt he was giving the books the level of detail he wanted (and RJ said yes), then he asked about the one sentence Lan/Toram fight.

    Robert Jordan

    RJ said that he had tried writing that scene several ways, but none of the split POVs (and have we even had a Lan POV, outside of New Spring?) seemed to work out. I chimed in, "Yeah, and Lan is enough of a badass to ice some punk in one sentence", and RJ said, "Yes, Lan is very, very good at what he does."

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  • 15

    Interview: Nov 11th, 2000

    Rob Hill from Cardiff, Wales, U.K.

    Who would win in a sword fight between Lan and Galad? My money's on Lan.

    Robert Jordan

    (laughs) Unless you can find someone else to bet with, use your money to buy yourself some beer.

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  • 16

    Interview: May, 2001

    Question

    Any chance of another short story like New Spring?

    Definitely a possibility. I have two ideas about other novellas. One would be about how Tam ended up finding the child on the mountainside, and why he decided to return to the Two Rivers. The other would be about how Moiraine and Lan wound up in Emond's Field just in the nick of time.

    SORILEA

    Cool I can't wait ;-)

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  • 17

    Interview: Apr 5th, 2001

    Question

    In New Spring there were still a lot of them [Malkieri], but nowadays Lan is the only one around: how's that possible? Did they all die?

    Robert Jordan

    No, it's a matter of assimilation. All these people now think of themselves as part of the country they live in; they've taken on these new cultures. Lan is the only one who hasn't done this, who at heart remains a Malkieri.

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  • 18

    Interview: Apr 6th, 2001

    Sanne-Liandra

    You said time after time that Lan will die if Nynaeve dies. What about her? She's Aes Sedai, so she will live very long. And he's much older than her anyway. Would she be able to live without him?

    Robert Jordan

    Lan is undergoing the severing effect of his bond to Moiraine, which means that he has lost the desire and will to live, which is being restored to him by Nynaeve, on top of which he loves her. If she dies he really really has no reason to stick around. As for Nynaeve, and Lan dying, women are always a lot tougher, emotionally, than men are. Nynaeve will cry for a very long time when Lan dies and she will go on living.

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  • 19

    Interview: Apr 6th, 2001

    Sanne-Liandra

    Is Edeyn still alive?

    Robert Jordan

    RAFO.

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  • 20

    Interview: 2003

    Orbit Interview (Verbatim)

    Orbit Books

    What and who are the focus of the prequel?

    Robert Jordan

    The major focus of the prequel is on Moiraine Damodred and Lan Mandragoran. The main thrusts of the story are how and why Moiraine became part of the search for the Dragon Reborn and not only how but why Lan became her Warder, giving up his one-man war in the Blight.

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  • 21

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2003

    Question

    I enjoy reading about Lan and I was wondering if he, Malkier, and the Malkieri traditions play a bigger part in future books than they have so far?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and Find Out.

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  • 22

    Interview: Jan 6th, 2004

    Zaandam, The Netherlands

    First of all, I really, really enjoyed New Spring (it has been on sale here for a few weeks). Thank you for such a fantastic novel! My question: In New Spring you said Edeyn would be allowed to call herself el'Edeyn if Lan died and she and Lan were not even married. Is Nynaeve allowed to call herself el'Nynaeve al'Meara, now she's married to Lan?

    Robert Jordan

    Yes.

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  • 23

    Interview: Jul 14th, 2005

    Diomedes

    If I can remember correctly, I asked, "When a Warder's bond is passed is the original bond still intact or is it broken?"

    Not the best choice of words, I admit, but I was nervous. A problem that would repeat itself, unfortunately, the following day.

    Robert Jordan

    In any case, RJ's answer was a terse, "No. It's a transfer. A transfer."

    Diomedes

    Now, I'm sure everyone will have their own interpretation, but I still believe that he's indicating that there is only one bond, and it is passed from one Aes Sedai to another. That is, to extrapolate, Lan is not suffering effects from having his bond with Moiraine broken.

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  • 24

    Interview: Jul 14th, 2005

    Question

    RJ was asked a few questions about swords and fighting styles.

    Robert Jordan

    Lan and Rand's swords are loosely based on the katana, and another style of sword I had never heard of before (sooba? something like that anyway. SilverWarder might know) and that others were based on medieval European styles. He said that blademasters don't follow one particular historical style of fighting, but that different blademasters have different styles depending on their culture of origin.

    At this point he went off on a little tangent about Miyamoto Musashi, a reknowned Japanese swordsman that developed a two-sword style of fighting that was revolutionary at the time. He related that Musashi developed his fighting style after fighting in the Philippines against fighters (Dutch? Portuguese? I didn't write their nationality down, but somebody here might know) that were using swords and dirks in a two-handed fighting style. In any case, I think his point was to demonstrate how fighting styles, like other knowledge, disseminates from culture to culture, but is changed and adapted into something unique in each locale.

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  • 25

    Interview: Jul 14th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    Asked about the sequels to the prequel, RJ reiterated that one would address how Moiraine and Lan managed to arrive in the Two Rivers in the nick of time to rescue Rand and the rest from rampaging Trollocs. He said the other would be about Tam, and how he rose from a simple groom to second in command of the Companions, and why he chose to throw away his successful career to buy a farm in the middle of nowhere.

    Diomedes

    I think the groom bit is a small detail that hasn't been mentioned elsewhere.

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  • 26

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2005

    Zaela Sedai

    Then she asked if Lan and Myrelle slept together.

    Isabel

    (I thought it was duh, although it probably happened with tweaking the bond.)

    Robert Jordan

    And for Jordan is was also duh, yeah they slept together.

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  • 27

    Interview: Sep 2nd, 2005

    Question

    About New Spring, I had a question about Lan. About the battle with the Aiel. How do they recognize him? I guess I am more curious about the background, how they recognize him and what they know of him and his back story?

    Robert Jordan

    They know quite a bit about his back story. They think he is a man who has much ji. He has a one man war against something he cannot beat. And they recognized him by the crescents on his helmet.

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  • 28

    Interview: Oct 6th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    For Phil Reborn, the wind that makes Rand almost impale himself on Lan's practice sword was one of the first bubbles of evil. A tiny one, but still dangerous.

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  • 29

    Interview: Oct 24th, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    He then began with the pronunciations. Siuan Sanche, Leane Sharif. Not Lee-an-E. Mazrim Taim. Not TAME, Never him. Not TAME. Aes Sedai, Nynaeve. Lan Mandragoran. He stopped on Lan, and commented how people often give him the same pronunciation of LAND, minus the D. He told us how he had gone to Harriet when he began writing, and asked her how she pronounced it, and she came to the same he did. He said, "Alright, I can use this."

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  • 30

    Interview: Oct 22nd, 2005

    Robert Jordan

    RJ also briefly outlined in what was my favorite part of the Q and A the nature of the other two prequels. Specifically what made Tam al'Thor decide to give up a "lucrative military career" and move to the Two Rivers and buy a small farm, and how Lan and Moiraine arrived in the Two Rivers when they did in The Eye of the World. RJ also briefly mentioned that we would meet Kari al'Thor (Rand's surrogate mother) and how she came to meet Tam. All in all they were obvious answers, but nice to hear RJ confirming them all the same.

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  • 31

    Interview: 2005

    Robert Jordan

    To: Les Dabel, Ernst Dabel
    Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 5:16 PM
    Subject: Re: Seruko and Canluum Guard revised sketches/ Page layouts 4, 5, 6

    The layouts look good, and I look forward to seeing the inks. I do have some corrections for the script, though.

    A correction for the wording on page 7, panel 1. It should read, "Lan floated in the ko'di, one with his sword." And in panel 2, it should read, "Lan danced the forms; time flowed like cool honey." Also, on page 12, panel 1, Merean should be saying, "She's undisciplined, Larelle, and too old, I'd say."

    Jim

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  • 32

    Interview: 2005

    Robert Jordan

    To: Ernst Dabel
    Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 12:47 PM
    Subject: Re: Swordsmen

    First off, Ernst, let's go over the five (out of six) who were actually described.

    1) "A lean heron of a fellow."
    2) a "fat man."
    3) a "ginger-haired young splinter."
    4) a "bald man."
    5) a "fork-bearded fellow with shoulders like a blacksmith's." He wore a "too-fine coat," i.e. one clearly above his station.

    None of the six men is bare-chested. The are described as "six ordinary men with swords at their belts, like any man on any street in the city."

    These guys look like extras from a Conan the Barbarian movie. Remember, Ernst, for these guys AND for the Kandori men, their clothing should reflect about 1690-1700 but with Japanese influences. They would not be carrying multiple swords, but rather one each.

    Let's see what he can come up with on another try.

    All my best, Jim

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  • 33

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    Why is Myrelle so heartless? She nearly let Lan die. Why?

    Robert Jordan

    She's dealing with a man capable of taking her head off before even she could blink and a man who's in a mental state where she can't be sure he won't.

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  • 34

    Interview: Oct 21st, 1994

    AOL Chat 2 (Verbatim)

    Question

    What is there to Lan's brother Isam, in the Waste? Is he a Darkfriend, or more?

    Robert Jordan

    Read and find out.

    Footnote

    Isam is Lan's cousin, and he has no connection to the Waste that we know of. He was merged with Luc to form Slayer, though, and in that form he killed Rand's father Janduin (but in the Blight rather than in the Waste).

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  • 35

    Interview: Oct 19th, 2010

    John Ottinger

    Are there any "Easter eggs" that the well-versed Wheel of Time reader might find contained in Towers of Midnight, and can you name at least one?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Oh boy. Well, one person's Easter egg is another person's very obvious thing. In Chapter One, "Apples First," in which a character from The Eye of the World shows up, I intended that to be more of an Easter egg and not tell people who that was. But Harriet asked for a big reminder near the end of the chapter of where the characters had met. So there are things like that, where characters return, but most of the time we have erred on the side of giving a little bit of an extra reminder of who these people are. If you look in Lan's plotline, several characters from New Spring make reappearances. The well-versed Wheel of Time reader is not even going to consider that an Easter egg, since it's going to be pretty obvious to them, but to other people I think it will be surprising. Will there be an Easter egg on the level of The Gathering Storm's reference to Plato? I'm sure that there are a few things like that embedded in there, as Robert Jordan always liked to embed references, but I can't think of any off the top of my head.

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  • 36

    Interview: Nov 6th, 2010

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    They opened with Harriet reading the Lan chunk of the prologue. With her pronunciation, al'Lan sounded like Allan. No pause for the apostrophe.

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  • 37

    Interview: Nov 8th, 2010

    Ted Herman

    Regarding timeline in Towers of Midnight, what can you say about how each person's plot arc lined up?

    Maria Simons and Alan Romanczuk

    There was a gap for some of the main story lines for about 1.5-2 weeks of only off-screen activity before the big meetup at Merrilor. Lan's trip from World's End to Tarwin's Gap took 100 days, and it lined him up with the other plotlines at that point. The whole gang can jump right into Tarmon Gai'don!

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  • 38

    Interview: Apr 17th, 2011

    Terez

    When did Lan first become a blademaster?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (reading) When did Lan (LAHN) first become...oh, Lan (rhymes with pan), sorry. I hear all these names at JordanCon, and half of them pronounce them one way, and half of them the other way, and I end up getting bad habits.

    Terez

    Yeah. I don’t care.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, but Robert Jordan cared, so I try to care.

    Terez

    So is it Lahn or Lan?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It’s Lan.

    Terez

    Okay, good, because that’s how I pronounce it.

    Brandon Sanderson

    As far as I know—someone could correct me—it’s Lan, but Lan was one of those ones that—I believe—some major source had wrong. I could be completely wrong on this. I know Tar Valon (Tar va-LAHN), one major source had wrong, meaning an audiobook reader, or an original typo in one of the glossaries, or something, which really itched at Jim as I understand because he really wanted it to be Tar va-LAHN and not Tar VA-lun. So...when did Lan first become a blademaster? Well...between New Spring and The Eye of the World.

    Terez

    (laughs) Okay.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Wait, didn't he...he wasn't a blademaster in New Spring, was he? No...

    Terez

    Not that I'm aware of. And Ryne was better than him then at that time, so...

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah. So, somewhere in between those two. I suspect that was one of the things that Jim wanted to do in the prequel.

    Terez

    Right. Because there was definitely not a big deal made of it when he killed Toram Riatin.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

    Maria Simons

    Okay, the notes say that Lan became a blademaster before he turned 20, which would have been before New Spring. My thoughts on this are that Lan got his sword at an early age, and worked really hard with it, and was judged a blademaster by five blademasters sometime pretty early on. It's not mentioned specifically that I can find in New Spring, but it makes sense to me.

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  • 39

    Interview: Aug 31st, 2011

    Reddit AMA 2011 (Verbatim)

    Terez

    Why did Moiraine's bond with Lan break when the doorway burned? Did she intentionally release it?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She did not intentionally release it. RJ has something about this in the notes, but I don't have the quote handy. It basically has to do with the severing of the link between worlds.

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  • 40

    Interview: Dec 2nd, 2010

    Spencer Powell

    Speaking of which, what is the latest update on Lan, and are we going to hear anything in [Towers of Midnight]?

    Maria Simons

    Um…Peruse and Find Out. [laughter]

    JENNIFER LIANG

    If you look on the forums at Dragonmount, you can find a thread about the reading that Brandon did at DragonCon a couple weeks ago, and Brandon read us a portion of the prologue that was a Lan point of view.

    VIRGINIA

    Huh. I missed that.

    ALAN ROMANCZUK

    There's a real possibility he has saddle sores about now. [laughter]

    SPENCER POWELL

    Probably.

    MARK

    I would think so. I mean, he's been riding since World's End at Saldaea, so…I hope I said that right.

    JENNIFER LIANG

    He got as far as Kandor in the passage that Brandon read us.

    MARK

    Okay.

    MARIA SIMONS

    A pretty good distance.

    ANDREW GELOS

    It's actually kind of a circular tie-in with Lan having gone to Kandor in New Spring.

    VIRGINIA

    Mmhmm. He's come full circle since New Spring.

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  • 41

    Interview: Dec 15th, 2011

    zas (Terez)

    In Nynaeve's Accepted test, Lan tells her that Malkier is a joint monarchy, which he says is a Borderland custom. Later we find out that Kandor is not a joint monarchy, but Saldaea is. Is Nynaeve queen of Malkier now that Lan has finally declared himself king?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Lan does not consider himself King, because he has no kingdom. The answer to that is, depends on your perspective. He has agreed to lead the Malkier—he has not agreed to be king. It's different. See how Aes Sedai I answered that? (laughter)

    Audience Member

    Try telling Nynaeve she's not a queen. (laughter)

    Brandon Sanderson

    I won't forget Nynaeve yet, but I don't think she's fully realized what she's getting into yet, with him.

    FOOTNOTE—TEREZ

    I guess Lan says it best (last scene in Towers of Midnight): "I am al'Lan Mandragoran," Lan bellowed. "Lord of the Seven Towers, Defender of the Wall of First Fires, Bearer of the Sword of the Thousand Lakes! I was once named Aan'allein, but I reject that title, for I am alone no more. Fear me, Shadow! Fear me and know. I have returned for what is mine. I may be a king without a land. But I am still a king!"

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  • 42

    Interview: Dec 15th, 2011

    Zas (Terez)

    When Lan tracked down Myrelle in Lord of Chaos, she used the bond to Compel him to come to her, in such a way that he wouldn't detect it. Did she have to use the bond to seduce Lan, or did he just go along because he didn't have anything better to do?

    Brandon Sanderson

    (laughter) I'd have to look that one up. I don't know. I'd have to look it up. I don't have the answer to that one. We'll call that one a MAFO though. I'm actually curious myself (laughter).

    Maria Simons

    The question poses a false dichotomous argument: was Lan "seduced" by the bond or did he have nothing better to do? [Terez: it was a joke.] Suffice to say that Lan was psychologically devastated at this point—not in his right mind, his will to live shattered. Myrelle took control of him to save his life; he really had no choice in the matter. And here’s a quote from the notes for you: “She had to use the bond to compel [notice lower case here] him, sometimes, which she found both odd and somewhat insulting.” But one has to put this in the context of her other Warders, who eagerly complied with her desires, carnal or otherwise.

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  • 43

    Interview: 2012

    Brandon Sanderson (25 January 2012)

    Saw an ad for a LAN party today, and (I kid you not) my first thought was: "What's Lan doing away from the battlefield?"

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  • 44

    Interview: Apr, 2012

    Brandon Sanderson

    PRK (7 APRIL 2012)

    Brandon tried to get moments for every character in A Memory of Light. Egwene is ready to be bad ass in the Last Battle; her character development is done.

    PRK

    Perth Exclusive for #WoT counted scenes by viewpoint. Rand has the most viewpoints in A Memory of Light, not a huge margin. Others tied.

    PRK

    Caveat, still revising A Memory of Light, so that can change.

    LISA-MAREE BARBA

    It's not much but Brandon S just told me that Lan has the most POVs in A Memory of Light, only just ahead of Rand. But that could change with editing.

    PRK

    I thought he said Rand ahead of the other main characters?

    TEREZ

    That doesn't even make sense. :s Sure, Lan is vital, but it's hard to see how the story could focus on him that much.

    PRK (8 APRIL)

    Confirmed it was Rand with the highest number of POV scenes in A Memory of Light (at the moment).

    Footnote

    It might be that Brandon said Rand was first just ahead of Lan, and Lisa-Maree mixed them up, but it seems somewhat unlikely.

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  • 45

    Interview: 2012

    Memories of Light (Verbatim)

    Day 39

    They seemed to be cracks into nothingness. They drew the light in, sucked it away. It was as if he was looking at fractures in the nature of reality itself. (p. 214)

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  • 46

    Interview: Jan 7th, 2013

    kcf

    Spoiler follow-up: What specific scenes in your writing proved to be the most memorable? What are a few of your favorites from the final three books in the series?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Perrin forging his hammer is probably my favorite that I worked on extensively. My favorite that Jim worked on extensively would be Verin's last scene. Rand atop Dragonmount at the end of The Gathering Storm is a pretty big one for me. In the last book, my favorite would have to be Lan's charge right at the end, which is a scene that I worked out years ago, that I pointed a lot of things toward, and specifically in this book built a lot of things around. For a fun scene, getting Mat on the back of a raken was a pure joy for me to be able to do.

    What other scenes really stand out to me? Robert Jordan's last scene, which I've mentioned before, is a great one because it's become the focus, for me, for the entire sequence that I have written. From the beginning, that was the ending that I was working toward. So I was very excited to be able to actually get there.

    That's just a few scenes; there are a lot of them in this book and the series.

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  • 47

    Interview: Jan 9th, 2013

    Geek's Guide to the Galaxy

    Brandon Sanderson on writing Robert Jordan's characters:

    Brandon Sanderson

    "I'm going to bring my own interpretation as a longtime fan of the characters, and in most cases they're spot-on with what most people think—there haven't been many complaints about my Perrin, for instance. In some cases there are complaints and they're right. My early Mat was off, and I acknowledged this, I looked at what the people were saying. In other cases, such as Lan, they're wrong. [Laughs] What can I say? I'm a fan too, and we will have these arguments about whether this character would do this or that character would do that, and you'll find that in any community. On the other hand I do get complaints and the complaints are legit. I'm not Robert Jordan, and I can't do some of the things he could simply because I don't have his life experience and in many ways I'm not as good a writer as he was. . . And if that really bothers you, then hopefully we can get the original notes released . . . so that those for whom my interpretation was not good, or my failings ruined the experience for them, they can at least look at what Robert Jordan had and imagine their own story."

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  • 48

    Interview: 2013

    Twitter 2013 (WoT) (Verbatim)

    Can (13 January 2013)

    Which scene was the most visualized one that you wanted to see in the movie? Demandred-Taim?

    Brandon Sanderson (13 January 2013)

    Lan with arrows falling and a ring of fire.

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  • 49

    Interview: Feb 6th, 2013

    Freelancer

    Was Lan's Sheathing the Sword scene planned from early on, was its inclusion dictated by the flow of the action up to that point?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO, that's too much like asking whether it was Robert Jordan's scene or mine.

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  • 50

    Interview: Feb 20th, 2013

    Question

    When Gawyn and Galad were defeated so handily by Demandred, I was thinking it was a throwaway of two characters. Then Lan rolls in and it put everything in perspective to show how good he was. Was that the purpose?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That was part of the purpose. It was a war, and someone needed to take out Demandred. Gawyn's arc is tragic, and the end of the arc is what we all know he shouldn't do, by going out by himself.

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  • 51

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    How come Lan couldn’t tell that Moiraine was alive, and with the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn? Because he felt the severing of the bond?

    Brandon Sanderson

    He did not have the bond any more. Since the bond was severed, he couldn't feel her any more.

    Question

    But why would the bond be severed, she was still alive?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RJ says it is because she went to another dimension, and when that slice happened, it cut the bond. The bond couldn't function across the dimension there without some sort of connection there, without some sort of opening portal or something like that.

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  • 52

    Interview: Feb 22nd, 2013

    Question

    Dalinar and Lan, who wins in a swordfight? Both full Shardbearers.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Both full Shardbearers. Lan probably wins, I would guess. Lan is more pure swordsman than Dalinar. Dalinar spent a lot of time on things like battlefield tactics.

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  • 53

    Interview: 2013

    Fencinator (March 2013)

    If you're still hanging around, there's something that's been nagging at me since I read A Memory of Light.

    SPOILER
    Lan. Why is it that Lan ended up surviving? Was this your decision, or RJ/Harriet's? Lan has pretty clearly been building towards dying to the Shadow the entire series. Was it just too obvious of a move? That being said, it was one of my happiest moments when he stood back up. Kinda nice to see Lan stay an unstoppable juggernaut.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Lan's survival was mandated by RJ. It was something we could have changed, in that he didn't say directly "don't kill him", but some of his notes talk of what happens after the Last Battle, and those involve Lan. It is clear to me that he wanted Lan to live. I took comments like this as mandates unless there were very good reasons to do otherwise.

    Note that I have not weighed in on whether Lan died or not. The position some fans have theorized (that he died, and Rand changed the Pattern) is defensible. Some asked me about it on tour. I haven't said whether it is the case or not.

    And, because I have more leeway with such things now, here are some nice quotes for you directly from RJ's notes regarding what happens to Lan and the Borderlands following the Last Battle.

    "Malkier might have a lot of uniting to do with the western end of the Borderlands under Lan, who will find himself made king out there . . ."

    "The Blight recedes to some extent, I'm not sure how far, it recedes a good bit, though. And they can reclaim some, I'm not sure they can reclaim all of Malkier at this point, but the Blight has visibly retreated so they can go down there and check on the towers on the Blight Border. And they are miles inside the Borderland now, instead of being right on the Border, towers sitting right on the edge of the Blight. They're not on the Blight anymore."

    So, talk that the Blight is completely gone isn't true, though it does retreat. (And there are other pockets of land in the north where it is not present.)

    Fencinator

    Thanks! I would love to say that I responded like a normal 20-year old would and was mildly happy about getting this extra information. However, instead, I squealed in glee. So thank you for bringing me squeal amounts of joy, Mr. Sanderson.

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  • 54

    Interview: Jan 10th, 2013

    NutiketAiel

    One fan asked Brandon to compare Kaladin with Galad, Gawyn and Lan.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon said that Kaladin shares things with both [Gawyn and Lan]. Lan overcame his troubled past, whereas Kaladin hasn't yet. Brandon hopes that Kaladin does better than Gawyn, who was overcome by his past and let it crush him. In reference to all three, he said "I would hope that Kaladin would appreciate the comparison."

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  • 55

    Interview: 1984

    Robert Jordan

    NOTE: Moiraine and Lan seem interested in the village and the area, and in all the gossip and talk of the area. They are both very interested in the rumors of the hooded riders, though they try to hide it.

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  • 56

    Interview: 1984

    Robert Jordan

    Also, there is an even greater oddity: travelers, a man and a woman. She goes veiled, and is dressed more richly (though not ornately) than anyone remembers seeing in Emond's Field before. He wears scale armor and carries a pair of swords (one long and one short), plus a third, longest of all, tied to his saddle. They arrive on the day of the beginning, causing great wonder, for the road from Emond's Field south leads only to Parry Coomb. They give no reason for their arrival, nor do they say how long they will stay. The woman's name is Moiraine, and the man is called Lan.

    Nyneve is suspicious of them, but they offer to pay in gold, and that is reason enough in Owyn al'Vere's mind to allow them to stay. It is not that he is greedy, but few people come to rent rooms at the tavern. He sees no harm in them. He is a friendly man, always ready to see the best in anyone and often able to bring it out, even from those others thought had no good qualities at all. This is one of the reasons he was chosen Mayor.

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  • 57

    Interview: 1984

    Robert Jordan

    All of the boys are fascinated by the strange man, but there is some argument among them considering him. They have seen armed men before, guards for the grain and wool buyers, but there is something different about this man. Someone suggests he is one of the supposed hooded men, but this is quickly laughed aaside [sic], for only Rand among them believes in the men. Some think he is a Warder, but all of the stories (the only way that any of them knows of Warders) places [sic] these fabulous warriors in the Northern Blight, or occasionally one of the other Blights, where they battle strange and deadly beasts and the evil of the Dark One. Besides, this man's weapons and armor are plain and well worn, while the Warders in the stories always have arms and armor decorated with gold and jewels.

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