Ila (TV Series)

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Author: Ilverin Matriam

Ila is one of the supporting characters in the book and television series The Wheel of Time. In the TV show, Ila is played by the Irish actress Maria Doyle Kennedy.

WARNING! The next sections contain spoilers for the Wheel of Time television series.


Ila is a woman from the Tuatha'an, the Traveling People. She is the wife of Raen and the grandmother of Aram.

Ila had a daughter, Aram's mother, but she died years ago, killed by unknown men.


Ila is a woman of middle age, with light complexion and graying hair, held away from her face with a band. She has blue eyes.

Ila dresses in brightly colored layered clothing.


Ila believes in and follows the Way of the Leaf. She does not believe in violence and wants to help people see that violence is not the answer, it can hurt the person doing it, as much as it hurts the affected.

Ila believes in reincarnation and trusts that the world without violence she is trying to create, will come at some point in the future.


Season 1

In Episode 3 Ila is one of the group of Tinkers to meet Egwene and Perrin. She asks them if they know the song, and after they answer that they do not know it, Ila completes the ceremony by saying that they will continue searching. The group of Tinkers, take Egwene and Perrin to their wagons and Ila serves them food, since she notes that they look awful. She also tells them that everyone is welcome around their fires.

In Episode 4 Ila tells Perrin and Egwene about the Way of the Leaf. The Tuatha'an do not raise weapons to defend themselves, but will run away or endure whatever comes. She questions Perrin if he has ever held a weapon, for example an ax. After seeing the look on his face, she asks him if his life has been better since he picked up that ax.

Later during the evening, Ila tells Perrin of her daughter, who was killed by unknown men. She seeks revenge on these men, by continuing to spread peace. She believes that one day, her daughter will be reborn again and will live a better life.

In Episode 5 Ila and Raen defend Egwene and Perrin against Whitecloaks, enduring the Children's hits, but not fighting back, according to their philosophy.

Quotes by Ila

"What greater revenge against violence than peace? What greater revenge against death than life?"

"You can cover the Light with the palm of a child's hand, but a Leaf, even if you crush it, bury it, burn it, it becomes part of the earth and the air."