Halwin Norry

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Author: Magdalenna t'Zai


Halwin Norry is the First Clerk of Caemlyn (LoC, Ch. 10), responsible for the city's monetary issues.

He is tall and bony, with a few wisps of gray hair standing up behind his ears (LoC, Ch. 16).

He is very dry and apathetic, he shows no emotion and may as well have no feeling whatsoever. Nothing seems real to him except the numbers in his ledgers. He thinks of Rand as just another ruler (LoC, Ch. 16).


  • Norry reports to Rand about refugees flooding into the city (LoC, Ch. 16).
  • Norry reports to Elayne now that Rand is gone and she is in charge of Caemlyn (WH, Ch. 7).
  • Norry has kept Caemlyn alive since Rahvin had taken it over. Norry requests a meeting with Elayne (WH, Ch. 8).
  • Norry tells Elayne of Elaida's proclamation about Rand, and that the Sun Palace had been attacked by a channeler, among other reports. He gives some counsel where he can (WH, Ch. 9).
  • Norry reports as usual to Elayne about food getting more expensive and the like (WH, Ch. 26).
  • Norry comes reporting on four small armies approaching Caemlyn (WH, Ch. 27).
  • Norry reports to Elayne about the monetary issues of Caemlyn (CoT, Ch. 14).
  • He warns Elayne that keeping a private questioner as Sylvase does, suggests the person has a dark side (KoD, Ch. 35).
  • When Elayne learns Morgase is alive, she has Norry make a proclamation to that effect (ToM, Ch. 45).


Norry doesn't seem to see anybody around him. One ruler is the same as any other (LoC, Ch. 16).

Norry and Mistress Harfor, the First Maid of the palace, aren't fond of each other due to the fact that neither lets the other know about their business (WH, Ch. 7).

Norry would never think of causing Elayne the smallest irritation (CoT, Ch. 14).


"He recited the number of deaths during the week and the price of turnips carted in from the countryside in the same dusty tone, arranged the daily burials of penniless friendless refugees with no more horror and no more joy than he showed hiring masons to check the repair of the city walls." (Lord of Chaos, Chapter 16; narration of Norry making his reports).

"He did not refer to his folder. Everything on the papers in it would be inside his head, the papers there only in case she required to see with her own eyes. "Most immediate, my Lady, and perhaps most important, large deposits of alum have been discovered on your estates at Danabar. The first quality of alum. I believe the bankers will be . . . umm . . . less hesitant regarding my inquiries on your behalf once they learn of this." He smiled briefly, a momentary curving of thin lips. For him, that was near to capering." (To Elayne; Winter's Heart, Chapter 7).

The heron-like man gave a start and stopped frowning at Reene. In some ways, he saw the gateways as his, and not to be trifled with. "Yes, my Lady. Of course." His voice was a dusty monotone. "I trust the lady Birgitte already has informed you of the merchants' trains from Illian and Tear. I believe that is...um....her usual custom when you return to the city." For a moment, his eyes rested reproachfully on Birgitte. He would never think of causing Elayne the smallest irritation even if she shouted at him, but he lived by his own set of rules, and, in a mild fashion, he resented Birgitte stealing his chance to enumerate the wagons and casks and barrels that had arrived. He did love his numbers. At least, Elayne supposed it was in a mild fashion. There seemed to be very little heat in Master Norry. (Elayne about Norry; Crossroads of Twilight, Chapter 14).