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"To stand against the shadow so long as iron is hard and stone abides.
To defend the Malkieri while one drop of blood remains.
To avenge what cannot be defended."


al'Lan Mandragoran is one of the main characters of The Wheel of Time fantasy series by Robert Jordan.

al'Lan Mandragoran is the last survivor of the royal line of Malkier; his kingdom was overrun by the Shadow when he was but a baby. Lan is often described as having a face of stone and chilling blue eyes. There is little that can defeat him in physical combat.

~ from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

al'Lan Mandragoran
Pronunciation: AHL'LAN man-dra-GOR-an
aka: Lan, Andra
Titles: Lord of the Seven Towers, Lord of the Lakes, uncrowned King of Malkier, Dai'Shan, Diademed Battle Lord of Malkier, Aan'allein.

Long hair, graying at the temples held back from his face by a narrow braided leather band - the hadori. Cold blue eyes in a face made of stony plains and angles, weathered but unlined. Born the heir to the throne of Malkier. When he was an infant and Malkier was falling, his parents placed the sword of the Malkieri kings in his hands, named him Dai'Shan, a Diademed Battle Lord of Malkier, and swore the ancient oath of Malkieri kings and queens in his name. His mother placed a locket around his neck for rememberence and twenty of Malkier's best swordsmen then carried the baby to Fal Moran. Only five reach the city, all wounded. The surviving men then began teaching the child all they knew, learning weapons and the blight for a childhood. When he was fifteen, Edeyn made herself his Carneia - first love. At age sixteen he was given the hadori and became a man.

~ from Turnings of the Wheel

The Aiel call him Aan'allein which means "a man who is an entire nation" in the Old Tongue.

Uncrowned King of Malkier, a land which was swallowed by the Blight shortly after his birth in 953 NE. He is Dai Shan (DYE SHAN) a Diademed Battle Lord of the Malkieri and the last surviving Malkieri lord. At the age of sixteen he began a one-man war against the Blight and the Shadow which continued until he was bonded as Warder by Moiraine in 979 NE. Warder. His full name is al'Lan Mandragoran and his title is Lord of the Seven Towers.

~ from Encyclopaedia WoT


from Wikiquote

The Eye of the World (15 January 1990)
-- "The fact that the price must be paid is proof it is worth paying."
-- "The rose petal floats on water. The kingfisher flashes above the pond. Life and beauty swirl in the midst of death."
-- (Lan and Egwene) "What a strange thing to say," Egwene said. "Why do they use it like that? Peace." "When you have never known a thing except to dream," Lan replied, feeling Mandarb forward, "it becomes more than a talisman."
-- (Lan to Nynaeve al'Meara) "I will never shame you. I will hate the man you choose because he is not me, and love him if he makes you smile. No woman deserves the sure knowledge of widow's black as her brideprice, you least of all."
-- "Death is lighter than a feather, but Duty is heavier than a mountain."

The Great Hunt (15 November 1990)
-- "Love is an odd thing. As odd a thing as there is."
-- "There is an old saying here in the Borderlands: "Better to have one woman on your side than ten men."
-- "There is one rule, above all others, for a man. Whatever comes, face it on your feet."

The Shadow Rising (15 September 1992)
-- "You have made a place in my heart where I thought there was no room for anything else. You have made flowers grow where I cultivated dust and stones. Remember this, on this journey you insist on making. If you die, I will not survive you long."

The Fires of Heaven (15 October 1993)
-- (Lan to Rand) "We are alike in many ways, you and I. There is a darkness in us. Darkness, pain, death. They Radiate from us. If ever you love a woman, Rand, leave her and let her find another. It will be the best gift you can give her."


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