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Welcome to the Wheel of Time FAQ

A Message From Leigh Butler, former FAQueen:

Hi, all!

After a very long hiatus, I am pleased to announce that The WOTFAQ is, as of November 2010, officially updated!

HOWEVER, the updated version is not here. This is because the WOTFAQ is also under new management.

The fabulous Jennifer Liang, JordanCon organizer extraordinaire, along with Jason Denzel, equally-as-fabulous proprietor of Dragonmount (the largest Wheel of Time fansite on the Internet), have taken over the FAQ and updated it to include information from Knife of Dreams, New Spring, and The Gathering Storm. Because they are awesome.

The updated version of the WOTFAQ, therefore, can be found here:

It is very shiny. Check it out!

(There are also backup mirrors through, but the most current version will be at Dragonmount.)

FAQs about the FAQ

How come you didn't do the update yourself? Why did this take so long? Why do you suck so much?

There is a long, complicated, and boring story behind why this version of the WOTFAQ never got updated for Knife of Dreams or any of the following books, but the shortest version is that the Usenet group rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan, for which the WOTFAQ was created and from which the FAQ drew 99% of its material for theories and discussion, died.

It still exists, technically, but it is little more than a ghost town now, and has been that way for years.

The demise of the newsgroup also coincided with my own life going essentially insane, necessitating (among other things) a severe reorganization of my priorities. In short, with the community it was designed to serve gone, and the unavoidable reality of a vast reduction in the time I had to devote to it, I made the decision that updating the FAQ was simply not going to be something I could do.

I regret that it had to be this way, but I do not apologize for it. You don't need all the gory details, but I know that it was the right decision to make for me at that time.

All that being said, I am still very proud of the FAQ, and am aware that it was (and is) used by a far larger community than the (ex)denizens of rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan. So when Jason contacted me to inquire about the possibility of taking over the FAQ, I was thrilled to say yes. I wouldn't have entrusted this thing to just anybody, and it is already obvious that Jennifer and Jason and their minions cohorts are dedicated to maintaining the WOTFAQ's standard of excellence admirably.

Were you involved with the update?

Only in the most peripheral way, as I have been for the last two years working on another WOT-related project: The Wheel of Time Re-read, a re-cap and commentary blog series hosted by Please come by and participate; we have a lot of fun over there!

All kudos and congratulations on the updated FAQ, therefore, should go not to me but to Jennifer and the rest of the folks at Dragonmount for their hard work.

If there is an updated version of the FAQ on Dragonmount, why leave this one up?

So that old links to the FAQ will still work, and direct people to the newer version.

Okay. Now, what's the deal with the email?

You can take it as a given that any email addresses listed on this version of the FAQ are essentially defunct. Instead, all WOTFAQ-related questions should be directed to

Got it. Now, where do I go if I still want to read the old version of the FAQ?

Right here.

Enjoy, and thanks for reading the WOTFAQ!

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