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The Tuatha'an (Old Tongue for Traveling People), also known as Tinkers, are a nomadic people who travel across the Westlands. They are first introduced in season 1 of The Wheel of Time.

After being separated from their companions, Egwene al'Vere and Perrin Aybara meet the Tuatha'an on their way to Tar Valon.

Overview[]

The Tuatha'an are nomads who follow the pacifist Way of the Leaf. They never engage in violence, not even in the case of self-defense, and are strictly vegetarian.[1] They have a reputation as thieves and kidnappers among the nation-states of the Westlands.[2]

At the age of twenty, young Tuatha'an leave their wagons to see the world, though not all of them return.[3]

History[]

The Tuatha'an believe that, in the Age of Legends, their people knew a Song that would unite the world in harmony. Their nomadic ways stem from their perpetual search for the Song.[1]

Season 1[]

After spending days in the Caralain Grass after leaving Shadar Logoth, Perrin Aybara and Egwene al'Vere find wagon tracks along the road. They scout the tracks for some time, and eventually come across the Tuatha'an, led by Ila, Raen, and Aram who introduce themselves to the youths in their custom. Perrin and Egwene are invited to their campsite. The Tuatha'an are surprised that the isolated youths from the Two Rivers have never heard of the Traveling People.[2]

The Two Rivers youths do not fully trust the Tuatha'an at first, though Ila tells Perrin of their pacifistic ways and her personal devotion to the Way of the Leaf, which moves him due to his grief for his accidental killing of his wife, Laila. Egwene is also intrigued by the ways of the Tuatha'an, and both she and Perrin become friends with Aram as the group travels to Tar Valon together.[4]

After a month of traveling, the group approaches Tar Valon, but are stopped by the Children of the Light, who are looking for those who may have a connection with the False Dragon, Logain Ablar. The Tuatha'an know nothing, but their Questioner, Eamon Valda, notices Perrin and Egwene from an earlier encounter on the road to Whitebridge in the company of Moiraine Damodred. He demands that the Tuatha'an give them over to him, but they refuse, and link their arms together in protest of the Whitecloaks. Valda's party punches Ila across the face and starts to attack the Tuatha'an unarmed, while Aram attempts to take the two to a friendly village. However, Aram is knocked unconscious by a mounted Whitecloak, and Perrin and Egwene are captured.[5]

Known Tuatha'an[]

Quotes[]

Egwene
Who are you?
Aram
Come on, now. Our reputation precedes us, wherever we go.
Raen
Ill-earned, that reputation.
Aram
We're the Tuatha'an, the Traveling People. The people who steal your gold and your children.
Ila
Aram.
Aram
Surely you've heard of the Tinkers?
Ila
Our fires are open to all, for as long as you need them.
— 1.03 A Place of Safety
Egwene
Everyone keeps talking about "the Song." What is it?
Aram
Ah, it's, it's nothing. It's a silly tradition.
Egwene
Well, your grandparents seem pretty serious about it.
Aram
In the last Age, our people supposedly knew a song that brought harmony to the world. It was lost in the Breaking, but if we can only find it again, people will live in peace and happiness for the rest of their days.
— 1.04 The Dragon Reborn

Trivia[]

  • On October 27, 2021, showrunner Rage Judkins confirmed that the Tuatha'an would feature in season 1.[6]
  • Isis Mussenden was inspired by the indigenous peoples of Peru for the Tuatha'an attire. The main colors of the Tuatha'an palette are gray and pink, which are not common in the other cultures of the Westlands.[7]
  • Their wagons were inspired by the wagons of the Romani people.[7]
  • The Tuatha'an primarily speak with Irish accents. The Irish Travellers are one of the main inspirations for their culture.

Changes from the book series[]

The Tuatha'an are adapted from the people of the same name Booklink.svg (book spoilers!) from the book series.

  • Leaving at 20 - In the books, there is no common practice among the Tuatha'an to leave the wagons for a while, at any age.
  • Common knowledge - In the books, Perrin and Egwene had both heard of the Tuatha'an before meeting them.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Official interactive map from Prime Video: The Wheel of Time, under the "Explore" section (login required), the section for the lore is labeled "Organizations". Retrieved November 19, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Wheel of Time, season 1 episode 3: A Place of Safety.
  3. Official timeline from Prime Video: The Wheel of Time, under the "Explore" section (login required). Retrieved November 19, 2021.
  4. The Wheel of Time, season 1 episode 4: The Dragon Reborn.
  5. The Wheel of Time, season 1 episode 5: Blood Calls Blood.
  6. IGN with Rafe Judkins, The Wheel of Time: Exclusive Trailer Breakdown with Showrunner Rafe Judkins - IGN First. October 27, 2021.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Bonus: The Wheel of Time - Season 1: "Look Inside" Episode 4. November 25, 2021.
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