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Origins of The Wheel of Time

By Michael Livingston & Harriet McDougal &
Origins of The Wheel of Time by Michael Livingston & Harriet McDougal &  digital book - Fable

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“Jordan has come to dominate the world Tolkien began to reveal.” —The New York Times on The Wheel of Time® series

Explore never-before-seen insights into the Wheel of Time, including:
- A brand-new, redrawn world map by Ellisa Mitchell using change requests discovered in Robert Jordan's unpublished notes
- An alternate scene from an early draft of The Eye of the World
- The long-awaited backstory of Nakomi
- 8 page, full color photo insert

Take a deep dive into the real-world history and mythology that inspired the world of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time®. Origins of The Wheel of Time is written by Michael Livingston, Secretary-General of the United States Commission on Military History and professor of medieval literature at The Citadel, with a Foreword by Harriet McDougal, Robert Jordan's editor, widow, and executor of his estate.

This companion to the internationally bestselling series delves into the creation of Robert Jordan’s masterpiece, drawing from interviews and an unprecedented examination of his unpublished notes. Michael Livingston tells the behind-the-scenes story of who Jordan was, how he worked, and why he holds such an important place in modern literature.

The second part of the book is a glossary to the “real world” in The Wheel of Time. King Arthur is in The Wheel of Time. Merlin, too. But so are Alexander the Great and the Apollo Space Program, the Norse gods and Napoleon’s greatest defeat—and so much more.

Origins of The Wheel of Time provides exciting knowledge and insights to both new and longtime fans looking to either expand their understanding of the series or unearth the real-life influences that Jordan utilized in his world building—all in one, accessible text.

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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“Even though it’s been a while since finishing the Wheel of Time series, I think often about elements of that series. This was a really great resource into the ideas and stories behind the characters and places and confirm so many of the wondered coincidences. I really enjoy the idea that the parallels in Norse, Arthurian, Middle-Earth and other legends may just have been in another spinning of the wheel of time. After all “The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again” I am even more eager to reread after giving this one a read. Even though half of it is just index of the reference it’s a great resource.”

About Michael Livingston

MICHAEL LIVINGSTON, PhD, is the foremost academic interpreter of Robert Jordan's literary accomplishment and legacy. Among his many other books are the Shards of Heaven trilogy of novels (published by Tor) and multiple award-winning studies of military history. At present, he serves as the Secretary-General for the United States Commission on Military History and teaches at The Citadel.

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