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The Eye of the World Synopsis Part 1: Winternight

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This is the first part of my The Eye of The World synopsis, a resource I want to be a part of The Shining Walls site for each book.

In truth, I underestimated how long this will take me to write, so I’m afraid it will be a long road. I hope you keep faith with me as I travel it.

Posting my synopsis of The Eye of the World in installments allows me to listen to any feedback. I want this to be an enjoyable read for you, so let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts. I’ll read and acknowledge them quickly and be very grateful.

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SPOILER WARNING: The Eye of the World Synopsis Part 1, Winternight, has full spoilers from the prologue to the end of Chapter 6, The Westwood.

The Eye of the World Synopsis Part 1

Winternight

The Prologue – Dragonmount

Three thousand years ago, as the Age of Legends reaches its apocalyptic end, Lews Therin Telamon walks through his ruined palace. The “Dragon,” a name given to him during his wars against the Shadow, also called Lord of the Morning, is oblivious to his madness.

A visitor comes for him. It is Elan Morin Tedronai, a powerful channeler who swore fealty to the Shadow and became known as the Betrayer of Hope. The Lord of the Morning greets this guest delightedly and calls for his wife, Ilyena, to do the same.

Disgusted, the Betrayer tries to remind Lews Therin of the Dark One’s taint on the male half of the One Power — the Shadow’s counterstroke after the Dragon led a strike at Shayol Ghul to seal the Dark One’s prison. Men who can channel saidin now lose their minds, so the Dragon’s Hundred Companions are witlessly destroying the world with their corrupted power.

Perplexed by Lews Therin’s insanity and failure to recognize him, the Betrayer draws on the True Power of his master, the Great Lord of the Dark, and Heals the Dragon painfully. Only then does Lews Therin realize he’s killed his wife and children. The bodies of his loved ones litter the floor, and he knows that madness has made him a Kinslayer.

Racked by bitter anger and remorse, the Dragon Travels to an isolated location and draws so much of the power that he burns himself out of existence. The channeling is seismic, and the earth bellows upwards. A volcanic mountain forms where the Lord of the Morning sacrifices himself. Today, people call it Dragonmount.

For the Betrayer, the fight isn’t done. It won’t be done until the end of time.

The Quarry Road

A cold wind whips at Rand al’Thor and his father, Tam, as they make their way to the village of Emond’s Field. Rand is a sheepherder, remarkable only for his height and reddish hair, and he feels troubled now as if he’s being watched. He takes a look back and sees a black-cloaked rider following them. A cowled stranger that permeates hatred and whose cloak doesn’t move in the wind.

Startled and intensely fearful, Rand stumbles. He warns his father, but the rider has vanished from sight. Tam suggests Rand calms himself by remembering the flame and the void. It’s a concentration trick chiefly responsible for Tam’s skill at archery. Rand isn’t convinced this is an apparition, but there are no more encounters on the road, and they reach Emond’s Field safely.

Villagers greet the pair on arrival, and they have plenty to say. Emond’s Field is suffering after an unnatural Winter, with weather and wolves to blame for their spoiled harvest and livelihoods.

There’s also some scorn amongst the men because the Women’s Circle chose such a young Wisdom. They highlight Nynaeve al’Meara’s failure to predict the severity of the weather. Of course, they still go to the Wisdom for her healing and don’t speak their concerns too loudly. The braided Wisdom carries a stick and a fierce temper, after all.

The village is busy preparing for its spring festival, Bel Tine. Rand and Tam bring brandy and cider to The Winespring Inn; the mayor, Bran al’Vere, serves ale in the common room, and the mayor’s wife, Marin, is baking honeycakes in the kitchen. Villagers gossip about fireworks, a gleeman, and a High Lady staying at the inn with her swordsman. However, Scratch, the inn’s cat, prefers to nap.

Friends and Strangers

Rand discovers that his friend, Matrim Cauthon, a prankster no one trusts, has also seen the frightening horse rider. They decide not to tell anyone because no one would believe them with Mat’s reputation.

Both are sick of being stared at, so they lob rocks at a raven when it seems to be spying on them. They can’t believe their eyes when the unusual bird hops over their missiles and doesn’t disappear until Lady Moiraine arrives and remarks that the raven is a vile creature.

The High Lady

Lady Moiraine introduces herself as a student of history and has the gaping boys on the hop with her pleasant nature. The noble young woman has a mysterious air about her, though. She speaks to herself when she wonders aloud about places with many names and men with many faces.

Moiraine wears a ring depicting a serpent eating its own tail, which Rand recognizes as a symbol of eternity. She begs off the boys’ offer to do her chores but gives each of them a coin as an advance for any future service.

Before she leaves, the boys realize her swordsman has been watching from a distance. They learn his name is Lan and notice that his cloak seems to change color as he moves, blending with his surroundings. Lan is not the black rider, though.

The Peddler

Perrin Aybara, a stocky blacksmith’s apprentice the same age as Mat and Rand, joins them in the village square. He’s also seen the terrifying rider and been given a coin by Moiraine. The coins are too valuable to spend, they all agree.

A crowd gathers in the village square to hear Padan Fain, a traveling peddler, share news from abroad. Uproar sets in when Fain tells them about the war in Ghealdan, caused by a man proclaiming himself to be the Dragon Reborn.

The villagers go silent when the peddler elaborates. This man can channel, and everyone knows men who use the power go mad. As the peddler tells it, a party of Aes Sedai has traveled from Tar Valon to deal with the situation, which worsens things. No one in Emond’s Field wants Aes Sedai witches meddling in their affairs. They can’t do anything but think it will cause trouble for the Two Rivers, as Ghealdan is a neighboring country but for the Mountains of Mist.

The boys get a thrill from the adventure of it all, but fears are abundant about the last Dragon, who broke the world, and what mischief might come to the Two Rivers from war refugees and Aes Sedai. The mayor hastily calls for a Village Council meeting so they can question Fain more on these matters. Nynaeve, the Wisdom, follows them to the inn, so the Women’s Circle also has a say in the proceedings.

The Gleeman

This leaves Rand with the mayor’s daughter, Egwene al’Vere, a pretty girl whom Rand is widely expected to marry. He puts shyness aside to ask for a dance at Bel Tine but is set aback when Egwene talks about being Nynaeve’s apprentice and perhaps becoming Wisdom in another village.

Thom Merrilin, a gleeman with white hair and thick mustaches, cuts their conversation short. He greets them with a swirl of his colorful patchwork cloak and insists that Fain’s news is old.

Padan Fain enjoys spreading gloomy tidings, Thom thinks, which upsets Egwene, who is fond of the peddler since he’s generally cheerful on his annual visits. The gleeman asks Egwene to be an assistant for his scheduled Bel Tine performance, so she’s happy with that.

Having gathered a crowd, Thom Merrilin gives an impromptu display of his tumbling and juggling tricks.

Growing Concern

The Village Council is confident the war and Aes Sedai won’t trouble the Two Rivers. To be sure, they plan to send patrols and lookout guards to the outlying villages of Deven Ride, Watch Hill, and Taren Ferry.

The boys are keen to enlist for this venture but also should warn their elders about the petrifying horse rider. However, still unsure whether they’ll be taken seriously, they decide to wait until they’ve found more witnesses.

Besides, Tam is insistent that he and Rand return to their farmhouse and return for the festival in the morning. As the pair make their way back on the Quarry Road through the Westwood, Tam tells Rand that boys of an age with him have also seen the black-cloaked stranger. Word has been spread in the village to protect any youths, but it’s most likely the man is a thief or a refugee from the war.

Despite growing concerns, Rand fulfills his chores at the farm, albeit with his bow and quiver to hand. Tam probes for any unwanted visitors, but there’s no sign of any foul play since they were gone. Rand stables their trusty mare, Bela, for the night, and his father lights candles and the fire and starts a stew.

Once inside, Rand is alarmed by the precautions Tam takes. He locks the doors, which is never done, and unearths a sword Rand hasn’t seen before from a chest under his bed.

The sword is as grand as the one he saw Lan, the High Lady’s swordsman, wear. The difference is that this one has a bronze heron on the scabbard and hilt. Before any questions can be asked, there’s a fierce banging at the door.

Trollocs

A towering beast with a scythe-like sword bursts through the door. Rand hurls a hot water kettle at it while Tam takes up his sword and orders the boy to flee.

With more creatures entering, Rand escapes through a window. Outside, he sees the monsters, with their inhuman voices, trying to get in the back. He shouts as much to his father, taking shelter behind a barn with a hoe handle as his makeshift weapon.

Tam gets free of the house and shouts for Rand to run again. He draws the beasts away so Rand can reach the wood. The two reunite there.

The attackers are bloodthirsty Trollocs, Tam informs his son. Rand is dumbstruck, thinking Trollocs only exist in stories. Worse yet, Tam has taken an injury and is burning up with a fever. Rand must take him to the village for the Wisdom’s healing.

Taking his father’s sword, Rand goes back to the farmhouse for supplies. Looking inside, Rand sees the bodies of animalistic Trollocs lying in the wreckage. When he enters, though, one of them is still alive.

A wolf-muzzled giant calling himself Narg considers how smart it was to stay behind. It tells Rand that a Myrddraal wants to talk to him. Of course, Rand is petrified that a Fade is lurking in the woods. According to the stories, they are even more fearsome than Trollocs.

The boy grips his sword in confrontation, displeasing Narg. Snarling, the Trolloc lunges, so Rand raises his blade to defend. After being thrown against a wall, Rand finds Narg impaled on the sword.

With the Trolloc dealt with, Rand can equip himself for a journey back to Emond’s Field. Bela bolted, though, and the cart was destroyed. Despairing, Rand returns to his father.

A Fever Dream

Tam’s wound isn’t deep enough to cause such a ferocious fever. Nevertheless, the man is scalding hot and mumbling to himself. Rand constructs a makeshift litter and bandages his father’s chest. He leads them through the woods but stays close to the Quarry Road so they don’t get lost.

Rand can’t keep his father quiet. Tam rambles fitfully, as if to his dead wife, Kari. There’s broken talk about savages coming over the Dragonwall, death, and a price for Laman’s Sin. He mutters about war, a scourge of fire, and killing before the shining walls of Tar Valon. None of this makes any sense to Rand.

The boy clamps his father’s mouth shut when a Fade leads a pack of Trollocs up the nearby road. The Myrddraal is familiar with its black cloak that doesn’t move in the wind.

After watching the group leave, Rand waits for a while. He’s relieved to have done so when the Fade returns. It elicits fear and exudes hatred as it scans the Westwood where Rand is hiding. Eventually, it hastens westward, back towards the farm.

Tam’s rant continues with talk about a cutting from the Tree of Life, Avendosora, that was taken to Cairhien. It seems the sapling was cut down by someone called Laman, and many died for this act of pride.

After more talk of war, Tam mentions a dying woman giving birth on the slopes of a mountain. The woman dies, but Tam takes the baby to his wife, Kari, to raise as their own. They call the baby Rand.

Stricken, Rand assures himself this is all a fever dream, but he’s doubtful about everything on a night when stories became living nightmares. He returns to the village, exhausted and desperate.

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