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2012-04-30: I had the great pleasure of speaking with Harriet McDougal Rigney about her life. She's an amazing talent and person and it will take you less than an hour to agree.
2012-04-24: Some thoughts I had during JordanCon4 and the upcoming conclusion of "The Wheel of Time."
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The Wheel of Time. It is driven by the two halves of the one power. In other words the two opposites abiding in the same moment and location in space time generates the momentum that causes the Wheel to spin out its will which is reflective of its nature or in fact the creator's nature.
The name of the series is the Wheel of Time because the story is about its turnings. It's not about Dragons and Aes Sedai and the Dark One. They are all players on a bigger stage. Just as a main character in a play is not the entire play. In LoC ch 18, RJ reveals some clues as to how the final chapters will end, sort of a vague outline of it all. In this chapter Herid Fel explains that the Prison has to be returned to its original state before it was drilled. In essence, returned to the state where the Bore does not exist. And Herid also surmises how this will happen he suggests that the Wheel itself will spin it back so to speak. In other words "heal" reality. In that chapter Herid also mentions the idea of a state where no one remembers the Dark One at all. Now I won't quote the whole chapter but here is some of it:
"¯Someone had to make it sometime. For the first time, that is. Unless you think the Creator made the Dark One's Prison with a hole and patch to begin." His eyebrows waggled at the suggestion. "No, it was whole in the beginning, and I think it will be whole again when the Third Age comes once more. Hmmm. I wonder if they called it the Third Age." He hastily dipped a pen and scribbled a note in the margins of an open book. "Umph. No matter now. I'm not saying the Dragon Reborn will be the one to make it whole, not in this Age necessarily anyway, but it must be so before the Third Age comes again, and enough time passed since it was made whole - an Age, at least - that no one remembers the Dark One or his Prison. No one remembers.Um. I wonder..."
Remember what is written on Mat's spear?
"Thought is the arrow of time. what is asked is given the price is paid."
And...What is the name of the last book? And what does Rand have to remember before the end? It seems that Herid Fel is suggesting that after the last battle the world will need time to forget the Dark One before the third age. This fits with the prophecy that says, "The last battle done but the world not done with battle". There will be a time of confusion and rebuilding and a time to remember the light and forget the dark. During the time nations rise and fall and people will fight for thrones and titles and border expansions as the new world begins to take shape.
Let's press rewind for a second. Back to the day when Mierin drilled the Bore in the first place.
Mierin had said today was the day. She said she had found a new source for the One Power. Female Aes Sedai and male would be able to tap the same source, not separate halves. What men and women could do united would be even greater now that there would be no differences. And today she and Beidomon would tap it for the first time the last time men and women would work together wielding a different Power. Today.
At dawn that day, the Dark One's Prison was whole, unpenetrated and unblemished. By sunset that day, there was a hole.
The resulting backlash destroyed the floating Sharom, shattering it like the egg it so resembled, and creating ripples in the fabric of reality as shock waves from the breach shook the pattern. It was not an indivisible source of the One Power the team had discovered, but the place outside the Pattern where the Dark One had been imprisoned since the moment of creation. The emanations that Mierin and the others had sensed with such hope were his dark energies, trapped just beyond the thin place in the pattern that covered his prison. The hole they created has been ever after known as the Bore.
What followed after the Aes Sedai realized what this was, a war and Lews Therin's strike at Shayol Ghul.
Now it seems pretty clear that the seals were just a patch job. A quick fix. Enough to buy the human race time. There is that word again. Time. Lews Therin was called Dragon only after this hole appeared before that he was simply Tamyrlin. Before that there was no need for a Dragon.
After the rupture, need is what motivated the will of the Wheel's next turning and thus spun out the Dragon and several Ta'veren to hold the Pattern on its course. In essence what I am suggesting in this first part is that once the Prison was ruptured, need caused the Wheel to start turning backwards to undo what damage had been done outside its will. The story we are all reading now are the events that take place in between the two points in time, which will eventualy merge into the same moment. It is a story of the undoing of evil itself!
This explains a couple things.
1. It explains why the Dark One is trying to create chaos in the world. Chaos strains the Wheel's progress of undoing what happened that day because the Wheel also has to maintain balance of the present age which is referred to at the end of CoT as the Age of Illusions. You see the Dragon is not the real threat to the Dark One. I wrote another theory that wasn't posted on that whole ball of wax. The Wheel is the bigger threat to the Dark One and is the only thing that can undo the event of the Bore itself and everything the Dark One has done, and thus restore the Prison to adequately contain the Dark One forever.
2. It also explains why the Dark One tainted Saidin. Until I got this theory in my head I thought he did it to hinder the Dragon for the future battle. But now I think the Dark One was trying to either hinder or influence the Wheel's turning. After all the one power is what drives the Wheel of Time!
3. It also explains why people are starting to see dead relatives walking around. Think of it as a juxtaposition happening here. The past and the present are merging into one moment called NOW and who's version of NOW is at stake; and time is being undone. Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end and time itself is the Illusion (or at least this particular timeline is)
4. It also begins to shed light on what the Finns told Rand when he asked how to survive the Last Battle. They said to live you must die. And if I am right in this it establishes that Lews Therin is in fact real, and it explains their likely integration. In fact it even makes it easier to understand how it is possible for Rand and Lews to occupy the same consciousness; and also this unknown third.
5. It also explains Min's viewing of Rand's apparent death. You see the Finns were very clear: to live you must die. The Dragon must die. It is the will of the Wheel. Rand Al'Thor must be undone and with him the Dragon. However, this is not the ultimate end of Rand just that particular version of Rand. You see if the Bore never happened. Rand as he is currently known would have never been born because the Wheel wouldn't have needed to weave him in as a Dragon. A different Rand would have occupied that thread in the Pattern. thus explaining this "third" one in mins viewing. Therefore rand doesn't die; but he does. As the Wheel turns backwards time following with it to a moment that predates the Bore, where there is no need for time.
It is my belief that the Dark One was originally restricted to the confines of time and the human race was placed in the true NOW. Once the Bore occurred, the Dark One "ascended" into humans realm of existence, trying to establish his version of the timeline, which the Wheel has set out to undo. This is what I believe Robert Jordan had in mind as one of his foundational concepts in his story and why he named it The Wheel of Time.