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|books=[[The Stormlight Archive]]
 
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{{quote|The Desolations had happened during the near-mythical shadowdays, before real history began.|[[Dalinar]]'s thoughts on the [[Desolation]]s{{book ref|sa1|19}}}}
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| The Desolations had happened during the near-mythical shadowdays, before real history began.
 
| [[Dalinar]]'s thoughts on the [[Desolation]]s{{book ref|sa1|19}}
 
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The '''shadowdays''' refers to history before recorded memory on [[Roshar]].{{book ref|sa1|57}}
 
The '''shadowdays''' refers to history before recorded memory on [[Roshar]].{{book ref|sa1|57}}
   
 
== Definition and Usage ==
 
== Definition and Usage ==
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{{quote |There are histories from the time when the Radiants lived. That’s not as far back as the shadowdays or the [[Heraldic Epochs]]. |[[Renarin]] talking about history{{book ref|sa1|52}}}}
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| There are histories from the time when the Radiants lived. That’s not as far back as the shadowdays or the [[Heraldic Epochs]].
 
| [[Renarin]] talking about history{{book ref|sa1|52}}
 
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The exact definition of when the shadowdays ended seems uncertain and differs between people. The majority of people seem to accept them as ending after the [[Last Desolation]], although it is possible some consider them to extend past that point.{{book ref|sa1|19}} [[Renarin]] states that there was a time after the shadowdays when the [[Knights Radiant]] still existed.{{book ref|sa1|52}} However, [[Dalinar]] comments that the [[Recreance]] is old enough to nearly be par of the shadowdays.{{book ref|sa1|26}}
 
The exact definition of when the shadowdays ended seems uncertain and differs between people. The majority of people seem to accept them as ending after the [[Last Desolation]], although it is possible some consider them to extend past that point.{{book ref|sa1|19}} [[Renarin]] states that there was a time after the shadowdays when the [[Knights Radiant]] still existed.{{book ref|sa1|52}} However, [[Dalinar]] comments that the [[Recreance]] is old enough to nearly be par of the shadowdays.{{book ref|sa1|26}}
   
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{{quote |Legends. The Recreance is an event so old, it might as well be in the shadowdays.| [[Dalinar]] speaking of the Recreance{{book ref|sa1|26}}}}
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| Legends. The Recreance is an event so old, it might as well be in the shadowdays.
 
| [[Dalinar]] speaking of the Recreance{{book ref|sa1|26}}
 
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Based on these comments, it is likely the shadowdays are generally considered to have ended sometime between the Last Desolation and the Recreance.
 
Based on these comments, it is likely the shadowdays are generally considered to have ended sometime between the Last Desolation and the Recreance.
   

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