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** The Dragon Scepter **


"A green-and-white tasseled ... two-foot length of spear ... ended as smoothly as any craftsman could have worked it." <TFoH: 32, 526, A Short Spear> The point was long and sharp, the tassel attached just below the sharp head, and the short shaft was carved with Dragons <TFoH: 32, 529, A Short Spear; LoC: 2, 82, A New Arrival> Of Seanchan origin, and abruptly sliced off by a closing gateway, the shaft ends abruptly, smoothly, and likely at an angle: it's probable that it came arcing in, thrown at least somewhat from the side.

The colors are odd, but only because Lady Morsa's party, who sent this spear his way, was carrying spears with green and gold tassels <TFoH: 32, 519, A Short Spear>; perhaps another (minor) Jordan oversight.

Semirhage's fireball irrevocably alters the Dragon Scepter's appearance, as well as Rand's anatomy. Only the spearpoint, a few inches of charred haft, and some blackened tassel remain. <KoD: 27, 588, A Plain Wooden Box> Tyr, Norse god of the sky, of order and justice, and of swords

Rand al'Thor has much in common with the Norse god Tyr: the sky god, the sword god, god of single combat, of order and absolute justice. Tyr was honoured with sword dances; Rand dances the sword. Tyr loses his right hand binding Fenrir, and then wields his sword in his left with unsurpassed skill. And he is fated to die at Ragnarok, the Last Battle, even as he slays Garm at the gates of Hel, the land of the dead.

Coincidental? Impossible. Robert Jordan draws heavily from Norse mythology. Mat Cauthon is Odin: hat, spear, ring, ravens, death-by-hanging-from-tree, loss-of-eye, master of battles, bringer of victory ... Perrin Aybara is axe- and hammer-wielding Thor: protector god, god of agriculture. And Rand al'Thor, while not Thor himself, is Tyr.

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