aka: Tam

Pronunciation: TAM al-THOR

A man from the Two Rivers. He has one son, Rand. His wife was Kari al'Thor. He lives on a farm in the Westwood near Emond's Field.

Physical Description#

He has a thick chest, broad face, lined cheeks, mostly gray hair and is a head shorter than Rand. (TEotW,Ch1) He is a blocky man. His hair is now completely gray and he has more lines on his bluff face. (KoD,Ch29)

Chronology (Possible Spoilers)#

Before Start of Series#

Start of Series#

After Rand Leaves#

The Battle of Two Rivers#

After the Battle of Two Rivers#

Other References (Possible Spoilers)#

  1. In New Spring
    1. New Spring - Lan uses ko'di = oneness, void which sounds very much like the concentration technique Tam taught Rand.
    2. New Spring - His name is in Moiraine's notebook as the possible father of the Dragon Reborn.
  2. In The Eye of the World
    1. TEotW,Ch1 - Tam is the best archer in Emond's Field.
    2. TEotW,Ch13 - Rand recognizes Lan's description of mental preparation as the flame and the void that Tam taught him.
    3. TEotW,Ch16 - Nynaeve tells Rand about Tam and Kari al'Thor returning to Emond's Field with a baby.
    4. TEotW,Ch33 - Rand has a nightmare in which Tam looks down at him frowning.
    5. TEotW,Ch53 - Rand wants to go home to Tam, but knows he cannot.
  3. In The Dragon Reborn
    1. TDR,Ch20 - Lanfear tells Mat that Tam and Abell came to the White Tower looking for Rand and him.
    2. TDR,Ch24 - Tam wins the Emond's Field quarterstaff competition if Abell Cauthon does not.
    3. TDR,Ch39 - Egwene recalls that Moiraine told them Tam and Kari al'Thor were not Rand's birth parents.
    4. TDR,Ch32 - In his dreams, Rand is visited by Shadowspawn in the guise of his loved ones including his father.
  4. In The Shadow Rising
    1. TSR,Ch29 - Marin and Bran tell Perrin that Tam and Abell avoided the Whitecloaks and are hiding in the woods.
  5. In The Path of Daggers
    1. TPoD,Ch13 - First Captain Demetre Marcolin recalls serving under Tam al'Thor when Tam was Second Captain of the Companions.
  6. In The Gathering Storm
    1. TGS,Ch22 - Rand still thinks of Tam as his real father even though he knows Janduin was his biological father.
    2. TGS,Ch44 - Rand thinks there has been no turning back for him since the day Tam found him on Dragonmount.
    3. TGS,Ch49 - Rand tries to deal with the fact that he almost killed Tam and he can blame no one but himself.
    4. TGS,Ch50 - Atop Dragonmount, Rand remembers Tam telling him that he can choose why he does his duty and that helps him achieve his breakthrough.
  7. In Towers of Midnight
    1. ToM,Ch12 - Nynaeve is frantic about Rand after he nearly killed Tam.
    2. ToM,Ch16 - If Perrin refuses to lead the Two Rivers, the people might pick a good leader like Bran al'Vere or Tam, but they just might pick someone like Cenn Buie.
    3. ToM,Ch18 - Working with Hopper in the wolf dream, Perrin smells determination that reminds him of Tam when he is training soldiers.
    4. ToM,Ch30 - Dannil Lewin is in charge of the Two Rivers men since Tam mysteriously left.
    5. ToM,Ch44 - Perrin has an army of seventy thousand trained under Dannil and Tam.
  8. In A Memory of Light
    1. AMoL,Ch1 - Perrin gives all the credit for the victory at Emond's Field to Dannil, Tam and Abell.
    2. AMoL,Ch3 - Tam is still at Perrin's camp. He does not want any special treatment.