March 4, 2009

Eye of the World

It's been a long time since I've read this one, but I've recently listened to the audiobook version. It reminded me how much I loved this series, but also of how convoluted the storyline became in later books. With years between novels and the multitude of characters (including POV characters) it became difficult to keep up. I felt to truly appreciate this series I needed to give up until it was finished and I'd be able to read them all back to back. Unfortunarely Robert Jordan has passed away before completing the final book. But on the bright-side, Brandon Sanderson, one of my favorite authors, has been tapped to complete the series. So I'm ready to tackle the WoT series as a whole: all 12 of them!

This movie is very much a possibility, as Universal has purchased the right to the novel. The movie would be very successful (no one has tapped into the niche LotR's opened in adult fantasy), but due to the depth of the series, I think it would be better served as a series. (But think Rome and not the Sword of Truth series.)

The peaceful villagers of Emond's Field pay little heed to rumors of war in the western lands until a savage attack by troll-like minions of the Dark One forces three young men to confront a destiny which has its origins in the time known as The Breaking of the World. This richly detailed fantasy presents a fully realized, complex adventure which will appeal to fans of classic quests. " -- Library Journal

"The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow." -- Book Jacket


Scott Micheal Foster as Rand al'Thor- Shepherd from the Two Rivers. He is a head taller than his father Tam and has grey eyes and reddish hair, both of which are rare in the two rivers. Tam claims they come from his mother, who died when Rand was five. Rand is now twenty years old, and good friends with Mat Cauthon and Perrin Aybara. He and Egwene Al'Vere, the Mayor's daughter, have been all but promised to each other.

David Gallagher as Mat Cauthon-Young man from Emond's Field. He is tall, and has brown eyes. He is a wiry man. Mat is known for his practical jokes and other mischief, even at age twenty. Whenever something goes wrong in Emond's Field, Mat is the one everyone looks to.

Kellen Lutz as Perrin Aybara-Young man from Emond's field. He is about half a head shorter than Rand, one of his two best friends. He's also a fair bit shorter than Mat, his other best friend. He has curly hair, and is very stocky and generally big. His frame works well for his chosen trade, working as apprentice to the blacksmith of Emond's Field.

Rachel Weiz as Moiraine Damodred- Guest in Emond's Field the day before Bel Tine. She has large dark eyes and keeps her hair in ringlets. She barely comes to Rand's chest. She is an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah with an interest in History, and came to Emond's Field to find Rand, Mat, and Perrin.

Thomas Jane as al'Lan Mandragoran-Guest in Emond's Field the day before Bel Tine. He is quite tall, has long hair that is graying at the temples and is held from his face by a narrow leather headband. His face is all stony planes and angles, weathered but unlined. He is Moiraine's Warder.

Ashley Greene as Egwene Al'Vere- Young woman from Emond's Field. She is about eighteen years old, and just earned the right to wear her hair in a braid, the symbol of womanhood. She is the daughter of Bran, the Mayor of Emond's Field, and his wife, Marin. She is of a height with Nynaeve, barely up to Mat's shoulder. She has big brown eyes. She and Rand are all but Promised to each other--this subject makes Rand uncomfortable, and is often used to needle him by his friends. Nynaeve told Egwene that she has the ability to Listen to the Wind, a Talent that all Wisdoms claim to posess but few actually do.

Rhona Mitra as Nynaeve al'Meara- Wisdom of Emond's Field. She has brown hair and eyes, and is quite slender. She is about as tall as Mat's shoulder. Many people in the village think she is too young to be the Wisdom, however, mentioning this to her is a good way to get whacked by the stick she carries.

Donald Sutherland as Thom Merrilin- Gleeman who comes to Emond's Field on Winternight. He seems to have a distrust of Aes Sedai and their ways. He has white hair and mustaches, and wears a patched cloak. He was once a Court-bard. Fond of elaborate bows and flourishes.

Emily Browning as Elmindreda Farshaw (Min)- Young woman from Baerlon. She has short dark hair that she keeps like most boys her age do. She is slender, and barely taller than Moiraine. Her dark eyes are bigger than Egwene's. She dresses like most boys do, a habit she picked up from her hours in the mines with her father; her mother is dead. Min has a special ability, known to few; she can see images around people that predict their future. Moiraine calls them pieces of the Pattern. She sees a lot of things around Rand and his friends, but she claims that if she told Rand everything she saw about him, he would be as curly-haired as his "friend with the shoulders."

Brendan Gleeson as Elyas Machera- Man who lives in the woods. He has graying brown hair to his waist, held at the neck by a cord. He wears a thick beard across half his chest. He once was a Warder who taught Lan much about the Blight and his sword. He once had to kill other Warders to get away from the Red Ajah. He cannot channel, but he can talk to wolves, an ability which the Red Ajah wanted to do something about anyway. His eyes are yellow, and he can communicate with wolves by way of a kind of telepathy.

Blake Lively as Elayne Trakand - Daughter-Heir of Andor, daughter of Morgase and sister of Gawyn. She is quite pretty. She is preparing to leave for Tar Valon to undergo novice training, as all daughters-heir of Andor have done since the nation's founding.

Dustin Milligan as Gawyn Trakand- Son of Queen Morgase and brother of Elayne. He will become First Prince of the Sword when his sister ascends to the Throne. ßPin It


Anonymous said...

Well done! Nicely matches what I picture as well.

Gregory said...

I like the choices so far. Good job.

Anonymous said...

All wrong. Except maybe Thom, Rand and Min.

Anonymous said...

I like most except Rand and Min. Min is supposed to pretty but have a tom-boyish look to her and the actress you chose is about as feminine as you can get. Rand needs to look wilder, he is after all half Aiel. Donald Sutherland would be an excellent choice for Thom though.

Angelle said...

Elayne looks too 'modern-barbie' - someone more winsome, maybe. Sam Elliott would be better as Thom Merrilon. Agree that Rand should look more 'other' than the rest of the Two Rivers folk. Otherwise, pretty good.

Anonymous said...

Me for Perrin Aybara...

Anonymous said...

Sorry. Terrible choices.

Anonymous said...

You've really thought this through. I'll agree with most of the choices except perhaps Perrin, Egwene and Rand. And Blake Lively as Elayne! You tarnish the memory of R.J. by even suggesting it. Thom, Min, Nyneave and Moiraine however are spot on

Bugger said...

Scott Thompson, aka "Carrot Top" as Rand!;-p

Anonymous said...

All the men are wrong. they are far too clean cut hollywood types. we need unknowns and a few established. matt rand and perrin have to be unknowns.

Anonymous said...

Nynaeve is perfect.

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