There is a lot of debate and discussion around Robert Jordon and his writing, and a lot of people have very mixed feelings regaurding his Wheel of Time seris, but there is one aspect of his writing in particular that has always been of intrest to me and that I do not really hear a lot of talk about and so I wanted to start up a discussion of it here. One of the things of which I find rather intresting about his writing, and still have mixed feelings about even though I do like his books and I am reading the seiris, is the way in which he draws from varrious other cultures and myths to use for his writing. To mention of a few of the obvious examples of this, is the use of the yin and yang sign for the symbol of Tar Valon, the strong assocations with Arthrian Legend, and the mingling of Celtic and Norse Myth. To give more specific examples of this, are many of the names from chars in the book are taken from King Arthur for example Artur Paendrag opposed to Arthur Pendragon. Or the Queen Morgase and the way in which Callandor is simillar to Excalibur which is also known as Caliburnus or Caliburn And the word Aes Sadai is derived from Aes sidhe which is a name given to the Tuatha De Danann a legendary people from Celtic Myth And the word saidar could be seen as close to Seidhr which is a form of magick in the Norse tradition that is seen as being practiced primarly by women. Just to name some that I have noticed On the one hand I do appericate the uniquness of it and I know that most all fantasy draws from other sorcers like this, but there is something about the way he does it which almost seems more blatent, as if he is borrowing from these other stories instead of just being inspired by them which sometimes makes me question the true originaity and creativity of the author.