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'''Nohadon''' was a historic [[Roshar]]an king who lived during the [[Heraldic Epochs]]. He's most famous as the author of [[The Way of Kings (in-world)|''The Way of Kings'']], a philosophical treatise in the form of a travel journal.{{book ref|twok|18}}
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'''Nohadon''' was a historic [[Roshar]]an king and [[Surgebinder]] who lived during the [[Heraldic Epochs]]. He's most famous as the author of [[The Way of Kings (in-world)|''The Way of Kings'']], a philosophical treatise in the form of a collection of stories.{{book ref|sa1|18}}
   
 
== Name ==
 
== Name ==
"Nohadon" is not his real name, but rather a holy honorific given to him by the [[Vorin]] [[ardent]]s thousands of years after his death. Under Vorin rules, where the "h" can stand in for any letter, "Nohadon" is perfectly symmetrical, hence why it is used to refer to him. Elsewhere, he is known as '''Bajerden''' or '''Behardan'''.{{book ref|sa2|47}} His real name, however, has been lost to time.{{book ref|sa1|58}}
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"Nohadon" is not his real name, but rather a holy honorific given to him by the [[Vorin]] [[ardent]]s thousands of years after his death. Under Vorin rules, where the "h" can stand in for any letter, "Nohadon" is perfectly symmetrical, which is why it is used to refer to him. Elsewhere, he is known as '''Bajerden''' or '''Behardan'''.{{book ref|sa2|47}} His real name, however, has been lost to time.{{book ref|sa1|58}}
   
 
== Appearance and Personality ==
 
== Appearance and Personality ==
In his youth, Nohadon had dark hair, which he wore pulled back into a braid, and a short, pointed beard. When dressed as a king, he had golden threads winding through his hair, coming together on his forehead in the shape of the [[Knights Radiant]] symbol, and wore white-and-gold robes with voluminous sleeves.{{book ref|sa1|60}} It can be presumed he was [[lighteyes|lighteyed]].{{ref|text=Dalinar would've likely commented on a [[darkeyes]] king.}} As he got older, his hair went gray and he gained numerous wrinkes, but the pointy beard remained.{{book ref|sa3|103}}
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In his youth, Nohadon had dark hair, which he wore pulled back into a braid, and a short, pointy beard.{{book ref|sa1|60}} It can be presumed he was [[lighteyes|lighteyed]].{{ref|text=Dalinar would've likely commented on a [[darkeyes]] king.}} As he got older, his hair went gray and he gained numerous wrinkes, but the pointy beard remained.{{book ref|sa3|103}} When dressed as a king, he had golden threads winding through his hair, coming together on his forehead in the shape of the [[Knights Radiant]] symbol, and wore white-and-gold robes with voluminous sleeves.{{book ref|sa1|60}}
   
 
Young Nohadon was an angry, exhausted man, likely due to having just suffered through a war. He was uncertain of himself and his goals, and sought advice on statecraft from his advisors. At some point, he even considered abdicating the throne. Nonetheless, he had a clear vision of what he wanted to accomplish: to have the [[Surgebinder]]s serve people, rather than rule over them. He believed that he had to enforce this, even if he had to go to war to do so.{{book ref|sa1|60}}
 
Young Nohadon was an angry, exhausted man, likely due to having just suffered through a war. He was uncertain of himself and his goals, and sought advice on statecraft from his advisors. At some point, he even considered abdicating the throne. Nonetheless, he had a clear vision of what he wanted to accomplish: to have the [[Surgebinder]]s serve people, rather than rule over them. He believed that he had to enforce this, even if he had to go to war to do so.{{book ref|sa1|60}}
   
In his older age, Nohadon is significantly more glib, whimsical and better-natured, having greatly matured over the decades. He has a wry, somewhat sarcastic sense of humor, and a charitable nature, giving extra food out to the poor. He enjoys the simple pleasures of life, like chatting with his people or shopping. He doesn't hesistate to use his powers for the most banal things, like leaving the house by jumping out of the window rather than climbing down the stairs. Nonetheless, he is sombre when recalling the dark events of the past, and has no problem dispensing wisdom he has gathered over the years.{{book ref|sa3|103}}
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In his older age, Nohadon became significantly more glib, whimsical and better-natured, having greatly matured over the decades. He had a wry, somewhat sarcastic sense of humor, and a charitable nature, chatting with common citizens and giving food out to the poor. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, like chatting with his people or shopping. He didn't hesistate to use his powers for the most banal things, like jumping several stories out the window rather than climbing down the stairs. He was, in fact, very cavalier with his safety, never taking guards with him even when going out of the palace. Nonetheless, he was sombre when recalling the dark events of the past, and had no problem dispensing wisdom he had gathered over the years.{{book ref|sa3|103}}
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
Nohadon was a king of the country that would eventually become [[Alethkar]].{{book ref|sa1|24}} At some point early in his life he became a [[Surgebinder]]. He took the throne young, during a time of a [[Desolation]] that lasted for eleven years, killing nine out of ten of his subjects. This, and a subsequent conflict with a [[Surgebinder]] named [[Alakavish]], left his kingdom in ruins and him jaded to the point where he considered abdicating.{{book ref|sa1|60}} He eventually attempted to unite other Surgebinders by force, but failed, and was forced to find a different, more peaceful path.{{book ref|sa3|103}}
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Nohadon was a king of the country that would eventually become [[Alethkar]].{{book ref|sa1|24}} He became a [[Surgebinder]] early in his life, and took the throne young, during a [[Desolation]] that lasted for eleven years, killing nine out of ten of his subjects. This, and a subsequent conflict with another Surgebinder named [[Alakavish]], left his kingdom in ruins and him jaded to the point where he considered abdicating.{{book ref|sa1|60}} He eventually attempted to unite other Surgebinders by force, but failed. This forced him to find a different, more peaceful path.{{book ref|sa3|103}}
   
As decades passed, Nohadon rebuilt his kingdom, until eventually it became a bustling, colourful place. At some point, he went to war over access to trade routes of [[Makabak]], which took him near the border of [[Shin Kak Nish]]. He would stay there for a long time, in a house of a woman who would later meet a "very unfair" fate. It was then that he learned to bake bread, a habit he enjoyed during later years of his life.{{book ref|sa3|103}}
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As decades passed, Nohadon rebuilt his kingdom, until eventually it became a bustling, colourful place. At some point, he went to war over access to trade routes of [[Makabak]], which took him near the border of [[Shin Kak Nish]]. He would stay there for a long time, in a house of a woman who would later meet a tragic fate. It was then that he learned to bake Shin bread, a habit he enjoyed during later years of his life.{{book ref|sa3|103}}
   
Around that time, Nohadon started a family and made his famous journey from [[Abamabar]] to [[Urithiru]]. He walked alone, without any guards or attendants, and no money, instead making a living by singing and manual labor.{{book ref|sa1|58}} The trip took a very long time - the lowest number given is sixty days, and that was when he was still within his own lands - and he eventually made it there, he was all but unrecognizable.{{book ref|sa3|28}}{{book ref|sa1|58}}
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Around that time, Nohadon started a family and made his famous journey from [[Abamabar]] to [[Urithiru]]. He walked alone, without any guards or attendants, and no money, instead making a living through singing and manual labor.{{book ref|sa1|58}} The trip took a very long time - the lowest number given is sixty days, and that was when he was still within his own lands - and when he eventually made it to Urithiru's gates, he was all but unrecognizable.{{book ref|sa3|28}}{{book ref|sa1|58}}
   
In his old age, Nohadon remained in his capital, the city now known as [[Kholinar]]. He would often take walks into the city, shopping and haggling by himself.{{book ref|sa3|103}}
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In his old age, Nohadon remained in his capital, the city now known as [[Kholinar]]. He would often take walks outside of his palace, shopping and haggling without any guards.{{book ref|sa3|103}}
   
 
== Powers and Abilities ==
 
== Powers and Abilities ==
Nohadon is implied to have been an absolute monarch.{{book ref|sa1|26}} The ability to completely rebuild a ruined kingdom over several decades implies considerable amount of administrative talent. Additionally, he was capable of projecting military power across vast distances, and could take a scout group all the way to the foothills of the [[Misted Mountains]].{{book ref|sa3|103}}
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Nohadon is implied to have been an absolute monarch.{{book ref|sa1|26}} His ability to completely rebuild a ruined kingdom over several decades implies considerable amount of administrative talent. Additionally, he was capable of projecting military power across vast distances, being able to take a large scout group all the way to the foothills of the [[Misted Mountains]], on the opposite side of the continent.{{book ref|sa3|103}}
   
He was a [[Surgebinder]] from a young age, though his [[spren]] is never seen and his order is unknown.{{book ref|sa1|60}} Nonetheless, he possessed enough ability to easily survive a jump from a considerable height without breaking a sweat. He also appears to have some knowledge of [[Realmatic Theory]], as he educates Dalinar on the existence and nature of [[Physical Realm|Physical]], [[Cognitive Realm|Cognitive]] and [[Spiritual Realm]]s in a vision.{{book ref|sa3|103}}
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He was a [[Surgebinder]] from a young age, though his [[spren]] is never seen and his order is unknown.{{book ref|sa1|60}} Nonetheless, he possessed enough ability to easily survive a jump from a considerable height. He also appears to have had some knowledge of [[Realmatic Theory]], as he educates Dalinar on the existence and nature of [[Physical Realm|Physical]], [[Cognitive Realm|Cognitive]] and [[Spiritual Realm]]s in a vision.{{book ref|sa3|103}}
   
 
Most famously, Nohadon was a philosopher-king. His best-known work is ''[[The Way of Kings (in-world) | The Way of Kings]]'', but it's implied that he wrote several other texts on logic and philosophy.{{book ref|sa1|5}}
 
Most famously, Nohadon was a philosopher-king. His best-known work is ''[[The Way of Kings (in-world) | The Way of Kings]]'', but it's implied that he wrote several other texts on logic and philosophy.{{book ref|sa1|5}}
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== Legacy ==
 
== Legacy ==
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{{for|The Way of Kings (in-world)|Nohadon's famous book}}
''[[The Way of Kings (in-world)|The Way of Kings]]'' is the oldest preserved text in [[Roshar]]'s human history. Among others, [[Gavilar]] and [[Dalinar Kholin]] were heavily impacted by it later in life, as it led them to rethink their life philosophy and, in Dalinar's case, led to him becoming a [[Bondsmith]].{{book ref|sa1|58}}{{book ref|sa2|89}}
 
   
Nohadon is one of the most influential writers in the history of [[Roshar]], with his texts being read and analyzed by scholars to this very day. His name is well-recognized the people who study ancient history, logic and philosophy.{{book ref|sa1|15}}{{book ref|sa1|5}}{{book ref|sa1|59}}
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''[[The Way of Kings (in-world)|The Way of Kings]]'' is the oldest preserved text in [[Roshar]]'s human history. Among others, [[Gavilar]] and [[Dalinar Kholin]] were heavily impacted by it in their middle age, as it led them to rethink their life philosophy and, in Dalinar's case, led to him becoming a [[Bondsmith]].{{book ref|sa1|58}}{{book ref|sa2|89}} Nohadon's influence, however, spreads far beyond Alethi royalty. He's one of the most influential writers in the history of Roshar, with his texts being read and analyzed by scholars to this very day. His name is immediately recognizable for people who study ancient history, logic and philosophy.{{book ref|sa1|15}}{{book ref|sa1|5}}{{book ref|sa1|59}}
   
 
It's highly possible that Nohadon had a hand in organizing the [[Surgebinder]]s into the [[Knights Radiant]], as the ancient Knights were said to have based their philosophies and ideals off ''The Way of Kings''.{{book ref|sa1|59}}
 
It's highly possible that Nohadon had a hand in organizing the [[Surgebinder]]s into the [[Knights Radiant]], as the ancient Knights were said to have based their philosophies and ideals off ''The Way of Kings''.{{book ref|sa1|59}}
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== Theories ==
 
== Theories ==
 
{{theory}}
 
{{theory}}
There has been some speculation that Nohadon might've been a [[Bondsmith]], or even the very first Bondsmith, with either [[Nightwatcher]] or [[Stormfather]] as his spren.
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There has been some speculation that Nohadon might've been a [[Bondsmith]], or even the very first Bondsmith, with either [[Nightwatcher]] or [[Stormfather]] as his spren. This is somewhat aided by Brandon stating that "even among kings and surgebinders, he was someone special".{{wob ref|9194}} However, when asked directly, Brandon answered with a [[RAFO]].{{wob ref|7945}}
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== Trivia ==
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* The idea that Nohadon was one of the [[Herald]]s has been directly debunked.{{wob ref|9194}}
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* Nohadon was based on [[wikipedia:King Benjamin|King Benjamin]], a figure from the Book of Mormon.{{wob ref|278}}
   
 
== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==

Revision as of 18:35, 22 July 2019

Nohadon
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Died Unknown
Abilities Surgebinder[1]
Titles King
World Roshar
Universe Cosmere
Featured In The Stormlight Archive
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I think life is fair. It's merely that often, you can’t immediately see what balances it."

— Nohadon in Dalinar's vision[2]

Nohadon was a historic Rosharan king and Surgebinder who lived during the Heraldic Epochs. He's most famous as the author of The Way of Kings, a philosophical treatise in the form of a collection of stories.[3]

Name

"Nohadon" is not his real name, but rather a holy honorific given to him by the Vorin ardents thousands of years after his death. Under Vorin rules, where the "h" can stand in for any letter, "Nohadon" is perfectly symmetrical, which is why it is used to refer to him. Elsewhere, he is known as Bajerden or Behardan.[4] His real name, however, has been lost to time.[5]

Appearance and Personality

In his youth, Nohadon had dark hair, which he wore pulled back into a braid, and a short, pointy beard.[6] It can be presumed he was lighteyed.[7] As he got older, his hair went gray and he gained numerous wrinkes, but the pointy beard remained.[2] When dressed as a king, he had golden threads winding through his hair, coming together on his forehead in the shape of the Knights Radiant symbol, and wore white-and-gold robes with voluminous sleeves.[6]

Young Nohadon was an angry, exhausted man, likely due to having just suffered through a war. He was uncertain of himself and his goals, and sought advice on statecraft from his advisors. At some point, he even considered abdicating the throne. Nonetheless, he had a clear vision of what he wanted to accomplish: to have the Surgebinders serve people, rather than rule over them. He believed that he had to enforce this, even if he had to go to war to do so.[6]

In his older age, Nohadon became significantly more glib, whimsical and better-natured, having greatly matured over the decades. He had a wry, somewhat sarcastic sense of humor, and a charitable nature, chatting with common citizens and giving food out to the poor. He enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, like chatting with his people or shopping. He didn't hesistate to use his powers for the most banal things, like jumping several stories out the window rather than climbing down the stairs. He was, in fact, very cavalier with his safety, never taking guards with him even when going out of the palace. Nonetheless, he was sombre when recalling the dark events of the past, and had no problem dispensing wisdom he had gathered over the years.[2]

History

Nohadon was a king of the country that would eventually become Alethkar.[8] He became a Surgebinder early in his life, and took the throne young, during a Desolation that lasted for eleven years, killing nine out of ten of his subjects. This, and a subsequent conflict with another Surgebinder named Alakavish, left his kingdom in ruins and him jaded to the point where he considered abdicating.[6] He eventually attempted to unite other Surgebinders by force, but failed. This forced him to find a different, more peaceful path.[2]

As decades passed, Nohadon rebuilt his kingdom, until eventually it became a bustling, colourful place. At some point, he went to war over access to trade routes of Makabak, which took him near the border of Shin Kak Nish. He would stay there for a long time, in a house of a woman who would later meet a tragic fate. It was then that he learned to bake Shin bread, a habit he enjoyed during later years of his life.[2]

Around that time, Nohadon started a family and made his famous journey from Abamabar to Urithiru. He walked alone, without any guards or attendants, and no money, instead making a living through singing and manual labor.[5] The trip took a very long time - the lowest number given is sixty days, and that was when he was still within his own lands - and when he eventually made it to Urithiru's gates, he was all but unrecognizable.[9][5]

In his old age, Nohadon remained in his capital, the city now known as Kholinar. He would often take walks outside of his palace, shopping and haggling without any guards.[2]

Powers and Abilities

Nohadon is implied to have been an absolute monarch.[10] His ability to completely rebuild a ruined kingdom over several decades implies considerable amount of administrative talent. Additionally, he was capable of projecting military power across vast distances, being able to take a large scout group all the way to the foothills of the Misted Mountains, on the opposite side of the continent.[2]

He was a Surgebinder from a young age, though his spren is never seen and his order is unknown.[6] Nonetheless, he possessed enough ability to easily survive a jump from a considerable height. He also appears to have had some knowledge of Realmatic Theory, as he educates Dalinar on the existence and nature of Physical, Cognitive and Spiritual Realms in a vision.[2]

Most famously, Nohadon was a philosopher-king. His best-known work is The Way of Kings, but it's implied that he wrote several other texts on logic and philosophy.[11]

He was also a gifted haggler, and knew how to make Shin loaf bread, both of which were apparently his hobbies.[2]

Legacy

The Way of Kings is the oldest preserved text in Roshar's human history. Among others, Gavilar and Dalinar Kholin were heavily impacted by it in their middle age, as it led them to rethink their life philosophy and, in Dalinar's case, led to him becoming a Bondsmith.[5][12] Nohadon's influence, however, spreads far beyond Alethi royalty. He's one of the most influential writers in the history of Roshar, with his texts being read and analyzed by scholars to this very day. His name is immediately recognizable for people who study ancient history, logic and philosophy.[13][11][1]

It's highly possible that Nohadon had a hand in organizing the Surgebinders into the Knights Radiant, as the ancient Knights were said to have based their philosophies and ideals off The Way of Kings.[1]

He's one of the few people to ever be praised by the Stormfather, with the great spren considering him to be "a good man".[9]

Theories

This page or section deals with theories or speculation.
Please read carefully and note that this is not necessarily canonical.

There has been some speculation that Nohadon might've been a Bondsmith, or even the very first Bondsmith, with either Nightwatcher or Stormfather as his spren. This is somewhat aided by Brandon stating that "even among kings and surgebinders, he was someone special".[14] However, when asked directly, Brandon answered with a RAFO.[15]

Trivia

  • The idea that Nohadon was one of the Heralds has been directly debunked.[14]
  • Nohadon was based on King Benjamin, a figure from the Book of Mormon.[16]

Notes

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