Tam al'Thor (TV Series)

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Author: Ilverin Matriam

Pronunciation: TAM ahl-THOR

Tam al'Thor is one of the characters in the book and television series The Wheel of Time. In the TV show, Tam is played by the Irish actor Michael McElhatton.

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


Tam al'Thor is a sheepherder and farmer from the Two Rivers. He has a farm near the edge of the Two Rivers where he lives with his son Rand. His wife, Kari, died when Rand was still very young.

Each year he delivers wool to the village of Emond's Field. He also makes homemade brandy, which he brings on festivals, such as Bel Tine.

He has a heronmarked sword, which he is skilled in using.


Tam is of middle age with graying hair and short beard. He has clear blue eyes.


Tam is very gentle and calm. He speaks wisely and the other villagers respect him for his demeanor.


Season 1

In Episode 1 Tam and Rand take some brandy to Emond's Field. In the town, Tam leaves the brandy in the Winespring Inn. During the evening, Tam drinks along with the rest of the Two Rivers folk in the inn when Moiraine and Lan arrive. Later he shares with the innkeeper that having an Aes Sedai in the Two Rivers is strange.

On the next day Tam and Rand go back to their farm where they light a candle for Bel Tine. Later, the farm is attacked by a Trolloc and Tam fights it with his sword, but gets wounded in the process. In the morning, Tam is brought to Emond's Field by Rand and is Healed by Moiraine.

Tam stands with other village folk and looks at Rand leaving Emond's Field with Moiraine.

This section contains spoilers relating to Season 1 Episode 7: The Dark Along the Ways. Please expand to view.

Everything that happens with Tam in Episode 1 goes here

Quotes from Tam

'All we can do is the best we can with the life that's given to us. And take comfort from it. But no matter what happens, what pain we face, what heartbreak, even death the Wheel keeps turning. Always. And we try again. Maybe do a little better than the last time. '