The Liveblog of Time: The Eye of the World
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Chapter 29: Eyes Without Pity
You do meet an Ogier in this book, can't remember if it's soon though. Lots of Arthurian naming throughout. Mostly Andoran characters and locations for some reason. Which strikes me as odd because Tar Valon — Avalon was the first I noticed. Actually, speaking of that you already met one, Thom Merrilin...hmm...I just realized some foreshadowing. I notice new things every time I reread/observe someone else reading this series. Anyway, IMO it's less ripping off, more evidence for the "Earth is Wo T world in the far future/distant past" fan theory.
Basically, there's this underlying theory that the WOT world is our world/a reflection of our world/will become our world (since time is cyclical it doesen't really matter) Artur Paendrag is only the most obvious examples, there are others. An obvious arthurian reference is of course, the Sword In The Stone. (which has already come up) there's a bunch of legends too.
Hawkwing is King Arthur, or at least his reincarnation. As far as I can tell Andor's Arthurian themed because Camelyn = Camelot. If you want more evidence on the Our world is the First Age theory, go back to chapter 4 and look at the stories that Thom is bringing up and see if you can recognize any of them.
I don't think the Ages work like that, Jackalyn. I've always seen it as The Breaking being the start of the First Age, the end of the Trolloc Wars being the start of the second, the fall of Hawkwing being the start of the third, and the Last Battle to be the start of the fourth. Each other set of ages would have different markers for the start of the second & third ages, but the other two would be the same.
Everywhere else, I've seen it as First Age = Age of Myths, Second Age = Age of Legends and the Breaking starting the Third Age. I think the Guide spells this out.
It's been a while since I've even seen the guide, so you'll have to forgive my general ignorance of it. That said, I've always gotten the feeling that "The Third Age" is a misnomer, and that there has actually already been many more than just three.
It's supposed to be the Third Age of this turning of the Wheel, and that it's happened thousands of times, Eternal Recurrence being what it is. I'm sure that if we had more information we could call it the Fifth or Seventh age as easily as the Third, or use the other names it's given. But the Third Age is how it's referred to in universe, and defined as spanning from the Breaking to current day.
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