Rest In Peace: Robert Jordan 1948-2007

“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.”

The world of high fantasy is poorer today.

James Rigney, better known to fantasy readers as Robert Jordan, has passed away. He died September 16, 2007 from complications from primary amyloidosis, he has been suffering from amyloidosis for years. The news of his death still came as a shock to many, including me. He always seemed so optimistic in the blogs he wrote and very determined that you had to think that if anyone could beat the disease, it would be him.

He while oft times criticized it is undeniable that his contributions to modern fantasy were many. His huge, ambitious Wheel of Time series helped to redefine the genre, and opened many doors for many of the writers who followed him. My favorite series The Song of Ice & Fire might never have found its audience without Robert Jordan’s work.

While it is a terrible thing to happen I am now torn with a bit of anger as well.  His last installment of the Wheel of Time is not finished.  And while he was a smart man and made sure to pass on all the secrets of the final book…it just won’t quite be the same.  Much like God Emperor of Dune was left unfinished by Frank Herbert only to be completed post mortem so too will the Wheel of Time.  We will see if his arts as a Gleeman paid off and the story that was revealed will find its ending.

  
The Dragon has left for a better place.

 

RIP, Mr. Jordan. I know you will be much missed.

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~ by lyoncage on September 17, 2007.

2 Responses to “Rest In Peace: Robert Jordan 1948-2007”

  1. Lad, why are you mourning a man who produced year after year of hack work? He could pound out one of those 1000-page WHEEL OF TIME doorstops in a few months and laugh all the way to the bank. Fantasy fans have got to become much more discerning and recognize that their genre has fallen into a rut, no innovation, everyone still milking the Tolkien teat for all its worth. Mr. Jordan’s passing may be sad for his family but those of us who treasure good writing, authors who respect our intelligence feel no loss. If you’re looking for a good book today, pick up Jonathan Carroll’s LAND OF LAUGHS or James Morrow’s TOWING JEHOVAH. See what real masters of the printed word can do, the places they can take you…

  2. This is one of the reason I love America and the Net. Anyone can really share thier opinions and thoughts. Let me follow to Mr. Burns’s comment.

    While I never said that Robert Jordan was the second coming, I do respect and liked his work. He wasn’t my favorite Author actually far from it. But at 14 he opened the door to real fantasy for me. Until that time all the fantasy that I had ever read “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”.

    Robert Jordan allowed me to expand my horizons. He was my real starting point. The list of those that followed: George R.R. Martin, Tad Williams, John Ringo, John Marco, Jim Butler, Steven Erikson, and many many more. Too many to list. I would never have even thought to pick up these books. So yes I morun his death, because he opened the world of high fantasy to me.

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