Wednesday, February 27, 2002


By Linda

The Hoop and Arrow, Caemlyn. Three Brown Ajah sisters staying at The Silver Swan visited the Hoop and Arrow, the same inn that the Brown agent Milam Harnder frequented (Crossroads of Twilight, What Wise Ones Know). Someone at the inn apparently sends reports to, and instructions from, the Tower to Brown sisters and agents.

The arrow represents penetration by light, death, love, or perception and the hoop is a symbol of wholeness and harmony with oneself and the community. In this case it refers to the usefulness of the information.

The Golden Barge in So Habor is a prosperous inn of three storeys of neatly dressed gray stone under a slate roof (Crossroads of Twilight, In So Habor). Perrin and co met the grain merchants there and Perrin realised the grain was likely to be bad. There is a river at So Habor and the inn’s name refers to the mode of transport of trade goods.

While gold represents perfection, purity, truth, power, glory, and wealth, and therefore the likely high standard of accommodation the inn offers, the barge symbolises the death ship and journey to the underworld and hence that the Dark One’s creepy warping of the Pattern had penetrated there.


Written by Linda, June 2007

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