Pronunciation: AHL'LAHN man-dra-GOR-an

aka: Lan, Andra

Moiraine's warder.

Possible Spoilers#

The Aiel call him Aan'allein which means "a man who is an entire nation" in the Old Tongue.

Uncrowned King of Malkier, a land which was swallowed by the Blight shortly after his birth in 953 NE. He is Dai Shan (DYE SHAN) a Diademed Battle Lord of the Malkieri and the last surviving Malkieri lord. At the age of sixteen he began a one-man war against the Blight and the Shadow which continued until he was bonded as Warder by Moiraine in 979 NE. Warder. His full name is al'Lan Mandragoran and his title is Lord of the Seven Towers. (Lord of Chaos,Glossary)

Physical Description#

He is very tall with shoulder length hair held by a leather headband or hadori (NS,Ch1). He is tall with long hair, gray at the temples, held back from his face by a narrow leather band. His face is made from stony planes and angles, weathered but unlined despite the gray in his hair. (TEotW,Ch2) He has blue eyes and is very tall. His long hair is grayer than it used to be. (ACoS,Ch12)

al'Lan Mandragoran by Richard Boyé
James Beveridge
Gyles Fohl

Points of View#

See Lan's chapter points of view.

Chronology (Possible Spoilers)#

Before the Series#

Beginning of Series#

Journey to Tar Valon#

Shadar Logoth#

To Caemlyn#


Fal Dara and the Blight#




Aiel Waste#



Ebou Dar#


Far Madding#



Other References (Possible Spoilers)#

  1. In New Spring
    1. New Spring - Lan was raised in Shienar in a community that held to Malkieri ways.
    2. New Spring - He mistrusted Aes Sedai because they failed to come to the aid of Malkier.
  2. In The Eye of the World
    1. TEotW,Ch15 - Min has a viewing of Lan - Seven ruined towers around his head, and a babe in a cradle holding a sword.
    2. TEotW,Ch33 - Rand has a nightmare in which Lan tells him he is all alone.
  3. In The Great Hunt
    1. TGH,Ch23 - During Nynaeve's Accepted test, in the third ring of the three arches, she sees herself married to Lan.
    2. TGH,Ch3 - Lan knows that Rand is the Dragon Reborn.
    3. TGH,Ch47 - As Rand battles Ba'alzamon, he recalls that Lan taught him Sheathing the Sword.
  4. In The Dragon Reborn
    1. TDR,Ch10 - Egwene goads Nynaeve asking her if she thinks Moiraine is treating Lan well.
    2. TDR,Ch39 - A Fade recognizes Lan's ring as an indication they have captured the correct Aes Sedai.
    3. TDR,Ch39 - Rhuarc recognizes Lan's ring as the ring of Malkieri kings.
  5. In The Shadow Rising
    1. TSR,Ch5 - Nynaeve has started wearing colors that Lan likes.
    2. TSR,Ch6 - Moiraine assures Nynaeve that she will not marry Lan.
    3. TSR,Ch12 - When it is agreed that Elayne and Nynaeve will go to Tanchico, Nynaeve says she will consult with Lan on what they will need.
    4. TSR,Ch20 - Juilin tells Elayne that Rand and Lan sent him.
    5. TSR,Ch21 - Moiraine is ticked that Lan is missing. She thinks Nynaeve will have him only after she is dead.
    6. TSR,Ch39 - In Tel'aran'rhiod, the man in Emond's Field who shoots at Nynaeve looks at lot like Lan.
    7. TSR,Ch55 - After they take the seal to Tar Valon, Nynaeve plans to go back to Lan.
  6. In The Fires of Heaven
    1. TFoH,Ch7 - Moiraine thinks to herself that she has arranged for Lan to be with Nynaeve.
    2. TFoH,Ch9 - Nynaeve thinks about having to share Lan with Moiraine.
    3. TFoH,Ch14 - Melaine goads Nynaeve about Lan telling her that he will die on the day that he learns she is dead.
    4. TFoH,Ch33 - Nynaeve is worried that Lan is involved in so much fighting.
    5. TFoH,Ch47 - Nynaeve is embarrassed by Valan Luca's marriage proposal and tells him that she is engaged to Lan.
    6. TFoH,Ch48 - Nynaeve keeps Lan's ring with her as she packs to leave.
    7. TFoH,Ch49 - Rand spends a lot of his time practicing the sword with Lan.
    8. TFoH,Ch54 - Rand thinks that Lan was right in warning him to stay away from women.
    9. TFoH,Ch55 - Rand passes Lan's message to forget him to Nynaeve then he tells her to pass the same message from him to Elayne.
  7. In Lord of Chaos
    1. LoC,Ch8 - Nynaeve worries about Lan and hopes that he is alive.
    2. LoC,Ch52 - Egwene tells Nynaeve that she has heard nothing of Lan.
  8. In The Path of Daggers
    1. TPoD,Ch20 - Lan thinks Birgitte is Kandori because of her clothes.
  9. In Winter's Heart
    1. WH,Ch25 - Rand knows he can ask Alanna to release her bond to him after hearing about Lan and his bond to Myrelle.
  10. In Crossroads of Twilight
    1. CoT,Ch23 - Cadsuane wonders who Lan is bonded to.
    2. CoT,Ch30 - When Lelaine suggests that Myrelle bond Llyw after Kairen's death, she replies that three Warder are enough. She does not reveal the bond to Lan that Moiraine passed to her.
  11. In Knife of Dreams
    1. KoD,Ch10 - In her letter to Thom, Moiraine says she wishes the best for Lan and Nynaeve.
    2. KoD,Ch20 - Weilin Aldragoran and other Malkieri expatriates gladly agree to ride with Lan to the Last Battle.
    3. KoD,Ch27 - Rand wonders where Nynaeve sent Lan.
  12. In The Gathering Storm
    1. TGS,Ch7 - Having lost her Warder, Daigian asks if Nynaeve would want to be Healed of her grief if she lost Lan.
    2. TGS,Ch13 - Sleete is such an accomplished swordsman that he has defeated Lan in duels.
    3. TGS,Ch22 - While scouting the Blight, Rand remembers that Lan told him that boys become men when they earn their sword.
    4. TGS,Ch31 - Rand asks Nynaeve if Lan is riding to Tarwin's Gap and she admits that he is. Rand callously says he deserves what he will get.
    5. TGS,Ch32 - Nynaeve can never go back to the Two Rivers. She is Aes Sedai and she is married to Lan, a king.
    6. TGS,Ch42 - Rand does not have time to hide any more with Lan and the Malkieri riding to Tarwin's Gap.
    7. TGS,Ch44 - Nynaeve tries to convince Rand to send support to Lan but he refuses.
  13. In Towers of Midnight
    1. ToM,Ch13 - Rand promises Nynaeve that he will send help to Lan at Tarwin's Gap.
    2. ToM,Ch20 - In her test for the shawl, Nynaeve must choose between the rules of the test and saving Lan from Darkhounds. She balefires the Darkhounds.
    3. ToM,Ch24 - Perrin notes that Slayer looks like Lan.
  14. In A Memory of Light
    1. AMoL,Ch1 - Rand thinks how he has feared this day since Trollocs came to the Two Rivers and Moiraine and Lan took him away.