There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel…

September 17, 2007 at 5:05 pm (Writing)

But there has been an ending.

Robert Jordan, author of the epic Wheel of Time series, has succumbed to his battle with a heart condition known as amyloidosis. He died Sunday.

RJ’s blog at www.Dragonmount.com has been so busy practically no one can get to it. Here’s the text from the latest entry, made by his brother:

Sometimes even when you’ve fought your best….

Posted by Wilson on September 16th, 2007 in the Robert Jordan’s Blog category

It is with great sadness that I tell you that the Dragon is gone. RJ left us today at 2:45 PM. He fought a valiant fight against this most horrid disease. In the end, he left peacefully and in no pain. In the years he had fought this, he taught me much about living and about facing death. He never waivered in his faith, nor questioned our God’s timing. I could not possibly be more proud of anyone. I am eternally grateful for the time that I had with him on this earth and look forward to our reunion, though as I told him this afternoon, not yet. I love you bubba.

Our beloved Harriet was at his side through the entire fight and to the end. The last words from his mouth were to tell her that he loved her.

Thank each and everyone of you for your prayers and support through this ordeal. He knew you were there. Harriet reminded him today that she was very proud of the many lives he had touched through his work. We’ve all felt the love that you’ve been sending my brother/cousin. Please keep it coming as our Harriet could use the support.

Jason will be posting funeral arrangements.

My sincerest thanks.

Peace and Light be with each of you,

Wilson

Brother/Cousin

4th of 3

To Catalyst: Never, never loose faith. RJ did not. Harriet hasn’t. I haven’t. Going through what we have, our faith is only strengthened. Besides, if God didn’t exist, we would have never had Jim. We did. God does. Remember my Brother/Cousin, my friend, think of him fondly and glorify God’s name.

Editor’s Note:
The entire staff of Dragonmount.com would like to extend its most deepest sympathies to Robert Jordan’s family. He touched all of our lives in some way and we wish him the rest and peace he deserves. We will be posting information in the near future about where you can send condolences. Please check the News Section for these updates.

Robert Jordan (his real name was James Oliver Rigney Jr.) is one of the major reasons I’m such a fan of the fantasy genre. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up a copy of The Eye of the World in my high school library lo those many years ago, but I was instantly hooked and I’ve stayed that way for more than a decade and a half.

To be sure, I’m dissappointed that he was so close to the end of the series (which was to end with the next volume, Book 12, A Memory of Light), but I’m even more saddened at his death in the face of staunch determination. RJ refused to give up. The twelfth book will likely be finished by his family, but the man himself is gone.

Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.

 

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