The World of Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time"

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The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
Author Teresa Patterson and Robert Jordan
Cover Artist
Series The Wheel of Time (encyclopedia)
Publication Date 6 November 1997
Pages 304 (Hardcover edition)
Preceded by
Followed by Wheel of Time Companion

The World of Robert Jordan's "The Wheel of Time" was an illustrated guide to the Wheel of Time, published in 1997, featuring information from the books released at that point (up until A Crown of Swords), as well as other information not covered in the main series. The copy is written, and it should be read, from the point of view of a person from the world of the Wheel of Time, possibly a historian of the time when Rand al'Thor lived.

Because of the first edition of the book and its cover being predominantly white, the encyclopedia began being called "the Big White Book" by some, and this title stuck for a long while, even when the book was released in a different edition with a different cover.

The encyclopedia is mainly divided in five big sections. The text is considered mostly canon, except for where it directly contradicts information from the main series.

Section 1: The Wheel and the Power

Chapter 1: The Wheel and the Pattern

Chapter 2: The One Power and the True Source

Section 2: The Age of Legends

Chapter 3: The Age of Legends

Chapter 4: The Fall into Shadow

Chapter 5: The Dark One and the Male Forsaken

Chapter 6: The Female Forsaken and Darkfriends

Chapter 7: Shadowspawn

Chapter 8: The Breaking of the World

Section 3: The World Since the Breaking

Chapter 9: Formation of the White Tower

Chapter 10: Rise and Fall of the Ten Nations

Chapter 11: The Second Dragon and the Rise of Artur Hawkwing

Chapter 12: The Reign of the High King

Chapter 13: The War of the Hundred Years

Chapter 14: The New Era

Section 4: The World of the Wheel

Chapter 15:The World After the Breaking

Chapter 16: Shara

Chapter 17: Seanchan

Chapter 18: The Exotic Animals of Seanchan

Chapter 19: The Sea Folk Island

Chapter 20: The Aiel

Chapter 21: The Ogier

Chapter 22: The Ways

Chapter 23 Tel'aran'rhiod

Section 5: Within the Land

Chapter 24: The White Tower

Chapter 25: The Children of the Light

Chapter 26: The Military of the Land

Chapter 27: Andor

Chapter 28: The Borderlands: Shienar, Arafel, Kandor, and Saldaea

Chapter 29: Cairhien

Chapter 30: The Other Nations

Chapter 31: Holidays and the Calendar

Chapter 32: The Prophecies of the Dragon