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[OB] Keteks in the Contents

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You have probably all realised this long ago, but the Part Titles for all the 3 Stormlight books form Keteks (as well as giving the theme to the parts themselves).

Sanderson is just so cool. So many little details, so easy to miss. I just can’t fathom how he does it!

 

The Keteks:

 

The Way of Kings

Part 1: Above Silence

Part 2: The Illuminating Storms

Part 3: Dying

Part 4: Storm’s Illumination

Part 5 The Silence Above

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Above Silence, The Illuminating Storms –Dying– Storm’s Illumination, The Silence Above

 

Words of Radiance

Part 1: Alight

Part 2: Wind’s Approach

Part 3: Deadly

Part 4: The Approach

Part 5: Winds Alight

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Alight, Wind’s Approach –Deadly– The Approach, Winds Alight

 

Oathbringer

Part 1:  United

Part 2: New Beginnings Sing

Part 3: Defying Truth, Love Truth

Part 4: Defy! Sing Beginnings!

Part 5: New Unity

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United, New Beginnings Sing –Defying Truth, Love Truth– Defy! Sing Beginnings! New Unity

 

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I had noticed, Mr Maker, thanks for posting this list though.  I wonder which character each of these can be attributed to...I do not have all my books with me to check if they are all written by the same character or not.

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Jasnah wrote the one in OB for a ceremony, I don't remember which one.

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WoK’s is a Death Rattle by someone who spoke very little Alethi, WoR’s is the... title? Cover art? ...of Navani’s journal about the events leading up to the Everstorm. 

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“Above silence, the illuminating storms—dying storms—illuminate the silence above.” 

The above sample is noteworthy as it is a ketek, a complex form of holy Vorin poem. The ketek not only reads the same forward and backward (allowing for alteration of verb forms) but is also divisible into five distinct smaller sections, each of which makes a complete thought. 

The complete poem must form a sentence that is grammatically correct and (theoretically) poignant in meaning. Because of the difficulty in constructing a ketek, the structure was once considered the highest and most impressive form of all Vorin poetry. 

The fact that this one was uttered by an illiterate, dying Herdazian in a language he barely spoke should be of particular note. There is no record of this particular ketek in any repository of Vorin poetry, so it is very unlikely that the subject was merely repeating something he once heard. None of the ardents we showed it to had any knowledge of it, though three did praise its structure and ask to meet the poet. 

We leave it to His Majesty’s mind, on a strong day, to puzzle out the meaning of why the storms might be important, and what the poem may mean by indicating that there is silence both above and below said storms.

—Joshor, Head of His Majesty’s Silent Gatherers, Tanatanev 1173 

 

End Note of The Way of Kings

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End Note of Words of Radiance 

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End Note of Oathbringer

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To be honest, I didn't realize it :blink: My mind is blown a bit...

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On ‎11‎.‎12‎.‎2017 at 3:28 AM, Mr Maker said:

You have probably all realised this long ago, but the Part Titles for all the 3 Stormlight books form Keteks (as well as giving the theme to the parts themselves).

Sanderson is just so cool. So many little details, so easy to miss. I just can’t fathom how he does it!

 

The Keteks:

 

The Way of Kings

Part 1: Above Silence

Part 2: The Illuminating Storms

Part 3: Dying

Part 4: Storm’s Illumination

Part 5 The Silence Above

>>

Above Silence, The Illuminating Storms –Dying– Storm’s Illumination, The Silence Above

 

Words of Radiance

Part 1: Alight

Part 2: Wind’s Approach

Part 3: Deadly

Part 4: The Approach

Part 5: Winds Alight

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Alight, Wind’s Approach –Deadly– The Approach, Winds Alight

 

Oathbringer

Part 1:  United

Part 2: New Beginnings Sing

Part 3: Defying Truth, Love Truth

Part 4: Defy! Sing Beginnings!

Part 5: New Unity

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United, New Beginnings Sing –Defying Truth, Love Truth– Defy! Sing Beginnings! New Unity

 

Wow, never realized that. That's so cool :)

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The hardest part of writing the Stormlight Archive is coming up with a ketek for each book. :lol:

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This why I read the forums. I just miss so much sometimes.

7 hours ago, insert_anagram_here said:

The ketek not only reads the same forward and backward (allowing for alteration of verb forms)

 

6 hours ago, Sandra said:

United, New Beginnings Sing –Defying Truth, Love Truth– Defy! Sing Beginnings! New Unity

This was for the wedding of Shallan and Adolin. I still can't really say what it means.

Are these the 5 parts:

1. United, New Beginnings Sing

2. -Defying Truth, Love Truth-

3. Defy!

4. Sing Beginnings!

5. New Unity

so we would have:

New Unity -Defying Truth, Love Truth- Defy! Sing Beginnings! New Unity

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I did note this in each book, and thought it was brilliant - just one more facet to make these books hold that much more light.

Separate subject, but what I didn't note is that Nazh somehow got a copy of Navani's personal journal. Hmm. How does (and why does) he get into such intimate details?

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7 hours ago, Mestiv said:

To be honest, I didn't realize it :blink: My mind is blown a bit...

Yep.

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