Condensed (very condensed) Story Timeline by Book

This is just a basic timeline of what year it is in each book.
I haven’t found or created a timeline for New Spring but it starts on the the day before Danshu, Nesan 27, 978 (which would be around the time Rand was born)
 
Eye of the World Begins on Aine 8, 998 NE Winternight
 
998 NE
Book 1 – Eye of the World
Book 2 – The Great Hunt
 
999 NE
Book 3 – The Dragon Reborn
Book 4 – The Rising Shadow
Book 5 – The Fires of Heaven
Book 6 – Lord of Chaos – Chapter 53:The Feast of Lights
 
1000 NE
Book 6 – Lord of Chaos – Chapter 54:The Sending
Book 7 – A Crown of Swords
Book 8 – The Path of Daggers
Book 9 – Winter’s Heart
Book 10 – Crossroads of Twilight
Book 11 – Knife of Dreams
Book 12* – Gathering Storm
Book 13* – Towers of Midnight
Book 14 – A Memory of Light
 
*Books 12 and 13 can be read concurrently as they cover the same period of time but different POVs. A combined reading guide by Deana Whitney can be found HERE
 
The timeline information was taken from: http://www.stevenac.net/wot/tl0998.htm
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Who’s Bonding Who *spoilers*

All information provided below was taken from the Article entitled Aes Sedai – Warder Bonded Pairs by Jundna al’Daelys on Tar Valon Library site. For more complete information please visit https://library.tarvalon.net/index.php?title=Aes_Sedai_-_Warder_Bonded_Pairs#Bonds_held_by_Asha.27man

Bonds Held by Women

Anaiya, bonded to Setagana
Asne Zeramene, bonded to Powl
Elayne Trakand, bonded to Birgitte Silverbow and Rand al’Thor
Elza Penfell, bonded to Fearil
Hattori bonded to Sleete
Leane Sharif, bonded to Anjen.
Meidani, bonded to Leonin
Merana Ambrey, bonded to Basan
Morvrin, bonded to Jori
Myrelle Berengari, bonded to Avar Hachami, Croi Makin, Nuhel Dromand, al’Lan Mandragoran and Llyw
Vandene Namelle, bonded to Jaem 
Vasha, bonded to Marlesh
Verin Mathwin, bonded to Tomas and Balinor

Bonds held by Asha’man

Welyn Kajima, bonded to Jenare of the Red Ajah
Logain Ablar, bonded to Toveine Gazal of the Red Ajah and Gabrelle of the Brown
Mezar Kurin, bonded to AdrielleNaeff bonded to Nelavaire Demasiellin of the Green Ajah
It is not clear who holds the bond in this instance

Patterns of the Wheel Contests and Giveaways

The article below was taken directly from Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time google+ page.  It is the official google+ for Team Jordan

The compelling images, symbols, and languages of the Wheel of Time will be coming to life on the printed page this month. Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time, illustrated by Amy Romanczuk (a licensed Wheel of Time artist), is being released on October 25 by Tor Books. Amy previously published a smaller version of this coloring book, which was well-received at JordanCon this year. The Tor edition has a total of 40 hand-drawn images, twice the number of the earlier book.

Amy is a folk artist known for her work with Ukrainian pysanky, a type of egg art that employs a wax-and-dye resist process. This art form uses complex geometric patterns to form symbols that have specific meanings. She transferred this ancient 3D art into a 2D format to bring images from the Wheel of Time to adults, children, and Trollocs with eating disorders who cannot get enough of the series and coloring books.

The drawings are reproduced on substantial paper stock, suitable for framing. You can read more about Patterns and the type of art used to make the book at the Tor website: http://www.tor.com/2016/06/10/pysanky-wheel-of-time-patterns-of-the-wheel/

Those who like freebies!!! have a number of opportunities. Pre-orders of the book placed through Ta’veren Tees will receive a free limited edition pencil case set with each book ordered, until supplies of the pencils run out.http://www.taverentees.com/product_p/wot-color.htm

At the same time, there is a contest underway that can be combined with your pre-orders from Ta’veren Tees (or Dragonmount or any bookseller of your choice): Tweet, post on FaceBook or Instagram, or message a screenshot/proof of purchase of your preorder to Amy (bookczuk) to be entered into the contest (#PatternsoftheWheelContest). Ten lucky winners will get one of the limited edition pencil cases. There is also a Grand Prize: a personalized, hand-drawn signature plate, a copy of the original coloring book that started it all, and other Wheel of Time coloring goodies. For an extra chance at winning, tag, share, retweet, regard, or pass along this offer to others. This contest closes at midnight on October 25. More at http://bookczuk.blogspot.com/2016/09/todays-my-birthday-so-im-giving-you.html

For those who participate in GoodReads, between now and October 25, the site will be giving free copies of the book to ten people selected at random from a list of people who request the book (available in the US and Canada). If interested, you can enter the giveaway at their website:https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/199497-patterns-of-the-wheel-coloring-art-based-on-robert-jordan-s-the-wheel-o

And if you act quickly BookwormBlues is giving away a copy at http://bit.ly/2ec7OyU. All you have to do is enter a comment to be considered. This drawing ends Saturday, October 15 at midnight Mountain Time.

Lastly, the coloring book can be preordered from Dragonmount, which has its own giveaway. You only have to comment on the article to be entered into the contest. The link is http://www.dragonmount.com/index.php/News/events/patterns-of-the-wheel-a-wheel-of-time-coloring-r941

GOOD LUCK!!

Character Ages

A question that is often asked is how old are the main characters. They are older than most people think.  Below you will find the ages of some of the characters. The age listed is the age they are at the beginning of the series.

Since they don’t seem to celebrate birthdays in the series it is hard to pin down precise ages, except for that Ta’veren.  When know when Rand was born and that Mat and Perrin were born within weeks of him.  The series starts in 998 NE and ends 1000 NE.

All ages listed were taken from the Wheel of Time Companion. All art work by Seamus Gallagher

*Rand, Mat and Perrin all turn 20 around the end of The Great Hunt.

** There is evidence in the book that Faile was originally written younger (14-15) but it seems this was changed in later pubications.

Name                          Age                Year Born

Rand al’Thor                    19*                      Danu 978 NE (end of the year)

Matrim Cauthon             19*                      978 NE – born within weeks of Rand and Perrin

Perrin Aybarra                19*                        978 NE – born within weeks of Matrim and Rand

Egwene  al’Vere              16-17                    981 NE

Nyneave al’Meara          23-24                   974 NE

Elayne Trakand              16-17                     981 NE

Min Farshaw                   22-23                    975 NE

Aviendha                          17-18                    980 NE

Moiraine Damodred      41-42                   956 NE

Lan Mandragoran          44- 45                  953 NE

Thomdril Merrilin          Old                       Birth year not given, assumed to be upwards of 60

Tamlin  al’Thor               57-58                    940 NE

Tuon                                   16-17                    981 NE

Faile Bashere                   16 -17**                   981 NE

Siuan Sanche                   40-41                   957 NE

Leane Sharif                     46 – 47                952 NE

Verin Mathwin                148-159               849 NE

Cadsuane Melaidhrin    292-293              705 NE

Logain Ablar                    26-27                   971 NE

Mazrim Taim                   25-26                   972 NE

Loial                                   89-90                   908 NE

Morgase Trakand           40-41                    975 NE

Gawyn Trakan                 18-19                     979 NE

Galad Damodred             27-28                   970 NE

Gareth Bryne                   58-59                    939 NE

Martyn Tallanvor            26-27                   971 NE

Elyas Machera                 54-55                    943 NE

Berelain                             23-24                   974 NE

Elaida                                 47-48                   950 NE

Jahar Narishma               20-21                   977 NE

Jain Farstrider/Noal       72-73                   925 NE

Julian Sandar                   36-37                    961 NE

The Wheel on the Web

There are many websites/blogs/social media accounts that can provide a fan with a wealth of information.  Below you will find information on the sites I listed on the Brief Overview Page. I will post the information for other sites in the future. If you have a site you would like me to review and post please contact me.

*Please note that all of these sites have spoilers


Encyclopaedia-WoT       http://encyclopaedia-wot.org/

This is one of my favorite sites. The site is broken down into 7 sections.

Books, History, Geography, Characters, Organizations, Items, and Prophecies.

The Dragon Reborn Plot Thread

The Dragon Reborn Plot Threads

Pros: gives a plot summary of each chapter and includes a breakdown of character plot threads for each book.  Also gives audio pronunciations for most names in the series (character and location and random words).  Nice breakdown of organizations (Aes Sedai, Asha’man, Aiel, etc.)

Cons: Currently the chapter summaries stop Chapter 3 of Book 14. Not much artwork. The search feature doesn’t seem to work.

 

The Thirteenth Depository         http://13depository.blogspot.com/

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This is probably THE most in-depth Wheel of Time site on the internet. Really. And I am not just saying that because I think Linda, who runs it, is awesome. (She really is though).  It is truly a libraries worth of information.

Pros: Very in-depth and well thought out articles. It covers just about everything you could think of.  It also includes links to other WoT sites. Well organized. It contains a reference library, a very detailed read through of each book. Great analysis of the series on many levels. Twitter account so you can get tweets when a something new is posted.

Cons: With so much information it can be overwhelming. I suggest deciding on a specific subject/character/book etc. and looking up information about that.

 

A Wheel of Time Wiki                  http://wot.wikia.com

WoT WikiThis is the free, unofficial repository of The Wheel of Time material that anyone can edit. They are currently working on 6,053 articles. (taken from http://wot.wikia.com/wiki/A_beginning). They have 4 menu tabs: On the Wiki, Characters, Books, and Community Info.  The two tabs you will probably use the most are Characters and Books. Characters is broken down into the following subcategories: Main Characters, More Characters, Forsaken, More Forsaken, and other Characters.  Books is broken down into the following subcategories: Books 1-7, Book 8 -14, and Other Works.

Pros: Lots of information. Most articles provide reference links. Lots of artwork. Fans can add or edit articles, relatively up to date, you can register to become a member. The search feature works really well.

Con: Not always 100% accurate, I have found some errors on it. (because fans can add or edit articles). it is a wiki, so there are ads so if can get a little bothersome.

 

Tar Valon.net Library                   https://library.tarvalon.net

This is the library put together by the members of Tar Valon.net (I will talk about that awesome site in a separate post, because it is just that awesome). From the Tar Valon.net Library:

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Tar Valon.net Library Logo

The TarValon.Net Library is a part of the greater community of TarValon.Net, and is run solely by members who volunteer their time. Visit the TarValon.Net forums to participate in our community!

It is our goal to provide fans of Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time” with accurate, comprehensible and extensive information on the series. It also serves our members with information on TarValon.Net’s history and as a base for our community groups‘ headquarters.

Because the TarValon.Net Library includes information from all books in the series, including the prequel “New Spring” and the guidebook “The World of Robert Jordan’s ‘The Wheel of Time’”, it is advised that those not wishing to encounter spoilers use caution when exploring the Library.

The Library has been separated into a number of different main categories, which can be found listed on the index. There is also a search function.

Learn more about our Library Here

Pros: Well organized. The search feature works very well. I use this site a lot when coming up with questions for our Facebook Group Trivia.  The site is very clean looking and easy to read.

Cons: It is fan run so there are occasional inaccuracies (not many that I have found). There is very little art.

 

Dragonmount                 http://www.dragonmount.com/

Dragonmount is the place to go if you want to be in the ‘know’.  It is a fan run community that offers news, a discussion forum, podcast, online clubs, role playing and much more. It is run by fans, Jason Denzel (the site founder), Jennifer Liang and an awesome group of volunteers.  From the Website

We are not officially affiliated with the authors, Robert Jordan’s estate, his book publishers, or other rights holders. We are, however, frequent collaborators with all of those groups. Members of our staff have volunteered as beta readers and thematic consultants on various WoT-related projects, including the books themselves. dragonmount

Pros & Cons:  I have not done an in depth look at all the site has to offer so I will withhold my Pros and Cons until a later date.  I will say it is a great source of information and probably the most up to date site out there. If something is happening in the world of Wheel of Time it will be on Dragonmount. Com

 

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time ™ Google +              https://plus.google.com/103674399065634804648

This is “the official pages of the deceased author Robert Jordan and all things The Wheel of Time. Here you will find assorted fan material, comments and updates on WoT events, publications and other products that we hope you will enjoy hearing about. From Robert Jordan’s widow Harriet and assistants Maria and Alan (who collectively are part of the Bandersnatch Group)”

 Pro: There is a lot of great information here. Great pictures.

Con: There is no search feature so it is more of a scroll and find site.


As you can see most of the sites are fan created and run. Trust me, you have become part of an awesome fandom.

I hope you found the information above helpful. Now there are MANY more sites out there, but I am not as familiar with them as I could be. My plan is to do a full review of an additional site once every two weeks.  If there is a specific site you would like to see reviewed please let me know.

 

JordanCon:A WoT Fan’s Dream

Now there are types of WoT fans: Those who know about JordanCon and those that don’t.

If you belong to the latter group do not fret. You are about to be enlightened.

If you know about JordanCon and have never been this post will also be informative.

If you have been to JordanCon, please, chime in with anything I miss in this post.

What is it?

JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan. Jordan was the author of the best-selling The Wheel of Time series. JordanCon features eight tracks of simultaneous programming, a Dealers’ Hall, gaming, an Art Show featuring original art by a variety of artists, and charity events benefiting the Mayo Clinic and other charities. Past guests have included Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Sam Weber, David Wong, Jana G. Oliver, Emilie Bush, David B. Coe, Eugie Foster, Seanan McGuire, Michael Whelan, Larry Elmore, Saladin Ahmed, Todd Lockwood, Catherine Asaro, and Patrick Rothfuss

http://www.jordancon.org/content/about-jordancon

13094305_10154975112914657_7346671454351194252_nJordancon takes place one weekend in April in Atlanta, Ga. It is a 3 day long event (Friday – Sunday) and it consist of panels, an art show, a dance party, karaoke, demostrations, special guest and the chance to actually meet other real life WoT Fans!

Last year was my first time attending Jordancon. You can read all about it Here

Cost:

The JordanCon membership is suprisingly inexpensive. Below is the membership information from www.jordancon.org

JordanCon membership covers all three days: admission to all panels, events, demonstrations, concerts, performances, contests, the Dealer Hall and Art Show, and a host of other activities. Workshops requiring a materials fee will be noted in the program. Look for pre-registration on material fee and other smaller panels to be offered in the panel’s page or the Store.

The Child Membership option is for children under 12. Children under 5 will be admitted free, but must be supervised at all times. For all other children, please purchase an Adult Membership.

This year’s hotel is:
Atlanta Marriott at Perimeter Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Membership pricing as follows:
$45 until Jan 1, 2017
$55 until March 26, 2017
Pre-Registration closes March 26th, 2017
$65 at the door

Child Memberships are $10 off the current adult price.

To purchase your membership click HERE

While you certainly don’t have to stay in the hotel where the JordanCon is held I would strongly suggest it.  To reserve a room in the Jordacon Room block click HERE.

For more information about Jordancon, meet the greet volunteers that make it happen each year, get to know other fans or to keep up to date on details you can use any (or all) of the links below:

JordanCon Facebook Group

JordanCon Facebook Page

Official JordanCon Website

Aside

Old Tongue Translations/Meanings of the Forsaken Names

These translations and meanings were taken from The Wheel of Time Companion. There are more than 13 names because some of the Forsaken were brought back after death, by the Dark One, and given new names. However, I have simply listed the names in alphabetical order, as to minimize spoilers.
Aginor                                Slicer of the living
Aran’gar                            Right hand dagger
Asmodean                         Musician
Balthamel                         Essence of youth
Be’lal                                  Desire to have
Cydane                               Last chance
Demandred                      One who twist the blade
Graendal                           Vessel of pleasure
Hessalm                            Without forgiveness
Ishamael                           Betrayer of hope
Lanfear                              Daughter of the night
Mesaana                            Teacher of lessons
Moghedian                       Small, deadly poisonous and extremely reclusive spider
Moridin                              A grave; tomb; death
Osan’gar                            Left hand dagger
Rahvin                               Promise of freedom
Sammael                           Destroyer of hope
Semirhage                        Promise of Pain