Everything in Patrick Rothfuss’s amazing world is so interconnected that I am often challenged to break any subject down into a something less than novella-sized. Everything is a fascinating rabbit hole that I want to dive down immediately! Alas, that gets confusing quickly, so today I’m going to try to put a box around some observations on NOTW Chapter 23, The Burning Wheel, so that I can use them in future analysis. It is well known that KKC is “a story about stories.” And something that has always stuck with me is WMF Chapter 107 where Kvothe is telling his story of Felurian and he says he “borrowed a little from Taborlin the Great.” (more…)
So until very recently I haven’t really been big on the idea that Denna is a princess, but very recently, as I did what I love to do -and obsessed over KKC artwork- something came to my attention that I can’t ignore. (more…)
In Chapter 18 of Name of the Wind, Kvothe has a dream. He tells us when he wakes that it is a dream of two parts. “I thought very little of the other matter of the dream. Ben had never taught me sailors’ knots. My father had never finished his song.” He didn’t want to think about the second part, but as readers we should. These few paragraphs are absolutely stuffed with multiple layers of imagery we know to be very important to the story. But even more, I believe this short sequence… is the story. It is the author and Kvothe’s sleeping mind telling us what is to come. (more…)
Being a devoted wordsmith, it is not surprising that Patrick Rothfuss pays special attention to how his books are translated, as he discusses sometimes on his blog. While English is my first language, I have some competency in Japanese and French. I have both Japanese editions of NOTW (same text, just different covers), and have recently acquired the French versions of both NOTW and WMF . (WMF is not out in Japanese.) Being the obsessed fan that I am, I have started to look at some things across these language versions of the books. (more…)
This blog loves delving into the “edge” sources for KKC information, and BioLogIn on reddit has just put together a really nice compilation of such sources here: https://www.reddit.com/r/KingkillerChronicle/comments/7ngla8/kkc_sources_list_sorted_by_canon_tiers/
I’m currently doing some deep dives into the differences in the French and Japanese translations of NOTW. (Boy would I like it if they put out the Japanese WMF!) Hopefully I’ll have enough sensical information for a post soon. But in the mean time, that thread is a great one (whether or not you agree with the canon tiers).
This is the post I first had in mind when I started this blog. However, it took some leading up to. It requires explaining why I think the Death card from the Commonwealth Pairs deck is Cinder’s “sign.” (See the series of posts about Chandrian signs.) And it requires one other theory posted about previously on this blog (more on that below). (more…)
This is the second of two posts about interesting KKC facts found in the True Dungeon 2017 modules for the Kingkiller-themed adventures. (Post 1 is here, and contains more background on the context of these adventures.) (more…)
I posted about my experience in the Kingkiller-themed True Dungeon game at Gen Con, but it was all based on memory. I have now received my module books from True Dungeon themselves.
So the namesake of this website provides the simple answer to this question: Chaen-dian means “seven of them.” But seven of who? Is Haliax one of the seven or does he make eight? Are they all still alive, or have any been killed over time by the Amyr, the Singers, or the Sidhe? (more…)
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