Monday, April 21, 2014

Wheel of Time Parallels with Lord of the Rings Updated


By Linda

This last weekend, it was announced that The Wheel of Time series (14 books) has been nominated for a Hugo Award for best novel. (Here is the list of nominees.)

A complex series with many themes (listed here), one of them being the premise that real world history forms part of Wheel of Time myth and legend, and that Wheel of Time history is the origin of our own stories. Over the years I've written about the extensive parallels to Norse Mythology, Judeo-Christian religion, Hindu mythology and Chinese/Mongolian history - to name a few - in the series. As part of this there are various nods to Jordan's favoured books, including The Travels of Marco Polo, Dune, The Three Musketeers, the Narnia books, and The Lord of the Rings. The article on The Wheel of Time's parallels with The Lord of the Rings has now been updated for A Memory of Light. I'm currently working on the Narnia parallels.

New material is marked in bold.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wheel of Time Costume Part 2 - Mayene to Whitecloaks and Miscellaneous - Updated


By Linda

It's been nearly 3 weeks because I've been busy updating Costume in the Wheel of Time Part 2 and working lots of overtime. I had hoped to finish both parts for JordanCon but researching new fashions takes quite while, and then at least as long again finding the right illustrations. There is a lot of new material in the second half of the costume article, notably on the Seanchan and Shara.

Costume in the Wheel of Time Part 1 can be found here and the article on underwear, etc here. Next article to be updated will be on Wheel of Time and Lord of the Rings Parallels.

New material is marked in bold.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wheel of Time Costume Part 1 - Aes Sedai to Malkier - Updated


By Linda

The Costume in the Wheel of Time Part 1 article was updated this week in time for those putting the finishing touches to their costumes for JordanCon. I've added information on slashing and riding dresses (and combining the two) with some new illustrations, and some commentary on the Altaran marriage knife and Aiel clothing.

Last week I updated the Private Lives of the 17th and 18th Centuries article, and I hope in the next week or two (depending on my paid workload) to update part 2 of the Costume article.

New material is marked in bold.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Private Lives of the 17th and 18th Centuries article


By Linda

The first of three articles on clothing and the Wheel of Time peoples was updated today: the Private Lives of the 17th and 18th Centuries article which described intimate wear and personal hygiene, health and grooming of comparable real world times. Underwear plays an important part in how clothing sits on the body, so the update is timely for JordanCon. (I've been incredibly busy at work but I've managed to complete this update; plus the updates to the first of the Fashions articles are also well advanced).

New material is marked in bold.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Perrin and Faile Updated


By Linda

The Perrin essay has extensively updated with examples and discussion from A Memory of Light. There is at least one new parallel for Perrin. He is every bit as complex as Mat, and the essays of both characters are now about the same length, as it happens. Three women now feature in his story arc and they have essays of their own. Lanfear's was updated some time ago. but I also have now updated the Faile and Berelain essay. Quite a lot of material was added to it, especially regarding the Horn and the hospital. The two women share a new parallel.

There is now only one Character essay left to be updated: the largest and most complex of all - Rand.

However, I plan to work on the Fashions article next, since the Con season has commenced.

New material is marked in bold.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Two More Articles Updated and Some News


By Linda

First up, the Who Is Not A Darkfriend? article was updated with the names of the many additional people who showed their finest in A Memory of Light. In some ways it is a roll call of the fallen, but then it is also one of those who triumphed.

And I added some more to the Writings For Armchair Travellers article after noticing something Jain Farstrider said in Towers of Midnight.

New material is marked in bold.

I've got about seven articles still to update, some of them fairly important. It's been slow going on the blog because I was trying to find work for four months, and then since I happily obtained a new position a few weeks ago, I've been working long hours concentrating on my new responsibilities.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Two Articles Updated


By Linda

The large Animal Symbolism essay was updated this week with quite a bit of new material.

The Ogier play a more prominent role in A Memory of Light, and I've updated the Ogier essay.

New material is marked in bold.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Lanfear Parallels Essay Updated


By Linda

My Lanfear essay has been updated for A Memory of Light with much new material. Lanfear was a masterpiece of character development.

This was the last update on the parallels of the Forsaken series.

Here is the full list of my Forsaken essays:



New material is marked in bold.