The Great Hunt Read Along Part IV

JordanGreatHuntBannerOnce again we meet to discuss a Robert Jordan book in detail – and so much good stuff happened in this section. This week, we are covering Chapters 21-27 and On Starships and Dragonwings is hosting, so make sure to stop by there for good times. If you want the schedule for the the read along, click HERE.

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1. Rand had quite a connection with that statue that Captain Caldevwin was digging up. What do you think it is?
I kind of remember this part. It was more of a footnote for me. I mean, they keep running into old ruins, abandoned cities, and leftover statues left and right since they left Two Rivers, so this was just one more to torment Rand with his destiny of saving the world or dooming us all. Was this the large Artur Hawkwing one that Caldevwin didn’t want to chat about? Perhaps its only a relic and perhaps it will be a teleportation stone of some sort. Let’s let Rand sleep next to it and find out.
2. We had quite an informative look into Moraine and Lan’s relationship. What do you think about Moraine’s actions concerning Lan’s bond?
Moiraine has never compelled him before, so perhaps Lan should slow down a bit and ask himself why she has set up a spell to do so upon her death. Normally this guy is pretty level headed, and I would like to see him use that trait now. Think with your mind and experience Lan, not with your pride!
Obviously Moiraine feels the stakes have risen and that either she is in imminent danger from something set in motion recently or she is about to do something necessary and very dangerous. Either way, I expect that I will be highly entertained by it.
3. Poor Nynaeve had to go through quite a lot in her trials. What do you think each were about (especially that first one….)?
Nynaeve is one of those well meaning folks who is highly driven and who honestly believes that if they are not there to see to things, then they will go to shit. So, she is deeply afraid she is correct in her assumption that she was the only competent person of Two Rivers and now that she is no longer there, BAD THINGS will happen left and right without anyone stepping up. I think this shows Nynaeve’s flaw – her pride. We met several competent and well-meaning folks in Two Rivers back in Book 1. It hasn’t had enough time to go to compost yet. Chill Nynaeve!
I wanted to see her go all kissy face and get entangled with Lan before she walked away. But that is probably just the smutty side of me. Sigh…..
Waffles & Streak sleeping in the bed. Yes, I did tuck him in.
Waffles & Streak sleeping in the bed. Yes, I did tuck him in.

4. Reunion time! How do you feel about all these old faces showing up all over the place?

So we have Captain Domon, who is in an interesting pickle with his death warrant. Now we have Tom Merrylin back in the picture. Did anyone else feel that Rand was way more happy to see him than Tom was to see him? Is Tom trying to stay out of Aes Sedai business because he has his own secrets or because he doesn’t want to tackle a myrrdraal again? Hmmm…. I was a little confused by Tom’s luke warm response.
5. Selene sure showed up at a convenient time didn’t she? What do you think she is plotting?
She wants Rand’s lower anatomy. Haha! She wants the Horn, I am sure, and perhaps to turn Rand to the dark side to earn extra points with The Dark Lord. As for plotting, not sure yet because Rand has been foiling her without really trying but by simply being a decent guy……and remarkably inexperienced with women so he doesn’t know how to make a first move and hence get ensnared by Selene’s feminine charms.
Other Tidbits:
Loial sure does seem very cautious about being seen by other ogier. What do you think would happen if he bumped into some? Would they somehow compel him home?
Hurin seems like a good chap, always helping Rand, guarding the Horn. However, I am deeply afraid he is wearing a Red Shirt.

9 thoughts on “The Great Hunt Read Along Part IV”

  1. I agree about Nynaeve’s flaw–she does need to chill and have some faith in other people. It comes off as self-centered, but I often wonder if she’s just used to taking care of other people, and people have let her down in the past or something. I think Loial’s avoidance of other Ogier is kind of hilarious. He seems so wise and gentle that it’s hard to think of him like a teenager running from his parents, but in many ways, that’s exactly what he is. He always makes me smile.
    My Answers

    1. Yes, Loial is an interesting character. He is a guiding force for Rand and crew, so much older and wiser and patient. But then he says things that let us know that he is young compared to his own kind, and rash, unruly, insubordinate, etc. Kind of like some of the elders see rand and crew. It’s a cool paradox.

      1. I like how Loial is a nice mix of child and adult, so that he seems to be watching over the lads but is actually just as bad as them at avoiding his responsibilities.

    2. I get the impression that Nynaeve is basically an orphan, so she has had to be self-sufficient since an early age and resents any suggestion that she is weak or can’t cope.

  2. Haha, new test of magicness is Rand sleeping next to things 😉

    Maybe Thom just had “other things” on his mind, mwahaha

    No, not Hurin, he’s so nice D:

  3. 1. Perhaps it would be wiser to keep Rand away from it at the moment . . . the episode with the Portal Stone didn’t end up all that well *cough* Selene *cough*.

    2. I got the impression that Lan normally agrees with everything she does because they have such similar outlooks on life and on what needs to be done. In many ways they are both vey selfless, and this time she is making sure that he will be forced to save himself. At least she has told him to expect this if she dies and not just left it as a ‘pleasant’ surprise.

    4. I didn’t read Thom’s response as lukewarm, just laid back. He just seems like one of those guys who is really difficult to surprise, and he does have a lovely young lady to consider now . . .

    5. I think the only interest she has in Rand’s anatomy is in using it to control him: it’s all about the Power that he could wield.

    I have a vague memory of one thing that Loial is running from and you will laugh yourself stupid when it is revealed. I love the way that he is like a naughty school boy who is terrified of being discovered and dragged home by his ear: he is such a good lad, really, but in need of some youthful adventure.

    I agree with you about Hurin: I am constantly on edge about him and expect them to come home to find him dead.

    1. Yep, I think normally Lan and Moiraine are in sync. But I can understand both sides – her’s of wanting to keep Lan safe, and Lan’s of not being allowed free choice in a certain scenario.

      I am curious to see how Loial reacts when finally found by members of his Steading – it has to happen sooner or later, right?

      Yes, deeply worried about Hurin. Poor Red Shirt dude.

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