BARD n. A bard is a poet. Historically, they were professional storytellers, verse-makers, composers, historians, and genealogists. They were usually employed by a patron, like a monarch or a nobleman, to commemorate one or more of their ancestors and/or praise their own activities. Three famous bards are Robert Burns from Scotland, William Shakespeare from England and Rabindranath Tagore from India.
In ancient Celtic cultures, the bards were the keepers of tradition who composed and recited tales and songs to celebrate the deeds of their heroes, leaders, and gods. Over time, the term came to be used more broadly for a poet or singer who writes and performs works of historical, cultural, or artistic significance.
In Robert Jordan‘s “Wheel of Time” series, Thom Merrilin is a gleeman, essentially a bard who works at a royal court. Read more in the Wheel of Time Repository
BREAKING (OF THE WORLD) In Robert Jordan‘s “Wheel of Time” series, the Breaking was the period after Lews Therin Telamon and the 100 Companions managed to seal Shai’tan, the Dark One, in the magic prison in Shayol Ghul. In retaliation, Shai’tan tainted Saidin, the male source of magic, which drove all male channelers insane and caused them to break the world. Quite literally. Read more in the Wheel of Time Repository
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