Pronunciation: ber-GEET-teh

aka: Joana, Maerion, Teadra

One of the Heroes of the Horn. She was physically forced into the real world by Moghedien then bonded by Elayne.

Physical Description#

She has long golden hair intricately braided. (TSR,Ch39) She is even taller than Elayne. (TFoH,Ch36) She wears her golden hair in a waist-long braid. (ACoS,Ch13) She has blue eyes. (ACoS,Ch21)

Birgitte by Richard Boyé

Points of View#

See Birgitte's chapter points of view.

Chronology (Possible Spoilers)#

Before the Series#



Field of Merrilor#

  • Elayne learns of the attack on Caemlyn. She and Birgitte go to survey the situation. (AMoL,Ch1)
  • Birgitte scouts Caemlyn determining how best to drive out the Trollocs. (AMoL,Ch2)
  • Birgitte and Elayne listen to Ogier sing while touching the new-grown trees in the Field of Merrilor (AMoL,Ch7)
  • Birgitte rides up and gives the all-ready sign. Elayne says "Burn it" and Birgitte gives the signal for the Kin to open gateways so that lit torches can be thrown into the oil-filled basements. While waiting, Elayne tells Birgitte to tell the camp that she carries the Dragon Reborn's children. (AMoL,Ch8)
  • Elayne is disappointed that it takes too much work to relay information and tells Birgitte she wished that they could have made the ter'angreal work. She tells Birgitte that she wants to see the battle herself and that she can defend herself, but Birgitte does not respond. Finally, Elayne says that she'll just go and see the Trollocs herself, but then Birgitte shows her her own copy of the Foxhead Medallion and tells her that she would carry Elayne back. Elayne feels Birgitte looking at Uno in a certain way as he's leaving and tells her that there's not time for that. (AMoL,Ch10)
  • Elayne is in the Braem Wood and she remembers a story about the woods and Birgitte. Birgitte once led a band of thieves out of the woods. She also robbed the Queen of Aldeshar. Elayne finally gives the order for the archers to loose their arrows, and the Two Rivers men fire and hit the targets, especially the Trolloc archers. Birgitte admits that it was fine archery. Elayne asks Birgitte what she thinks about the dragons, and she replies that they're messy, imprecise and very effective. Birgitte says she doesn't like what this means for future battles. (AMoL,Ch10)

Other References (Possible Spoilers)#

  1. In The Fires of Heaven
    1. TFoH,Ch16 - Elayne questions the wisdom of asking Birgitte to search for Moghedien.
    2. TFoH,Ch24 - In The Flame, the Blade and the Heart, Egwene reads about Birgitte and Gaidal Cain.
    3. TFoH,Ch25 - Egwene asks Elayne about seeing Birgitte, but Elayne refuses to talk about it.
    4. TFoH,Ch25 - Moghedien learns that Elayne and Nynaeve are scheming with Birgitte.
    5. TFoH,Ch36 - Elayne keeps her word and does not tell Thom and Juilin who Birgitte is, but they found her silver arrow so they know anyway.
    6. TFoH,Ch55 - Nynaeve realizes that Moghedien knows that Birgitte is alive and that she knows who Siuan and Faolain are. She must be in Salidar.
  2. In Lord of Chaos
    1. LoC,Ch15 - Areina is jealous of Birgitte's female friends.
    2. LoC,Ch37 - Elayne and Nynaeve tell Egwene that only Birgitte, Siuan and Leane know about Moghedien Egwene promises again that she will not ask about Birgitte.
    3. LoC,Ch38 - As Mat rides into Salidar he notes a woman with a long golden braid who looks familiar.
    4. LoC,Ch39 - Egwene agrees that Mat, Birgitte, Thom and Juilin will accompany Elayne and Nynaeve to Ebou Dar.
    5. LoC,Ch40 - In previous lives Birgitte was known as Maerion and Joana.
  3. In A Crown of Swords
    1. ACoS,Prologue - A Gray Ajah spy reports her to the White Tower as a stranger accompanying Nynaeve and Elayne in Ebou Dar.
    2. ACoS,Ch9 - Egwene thinks of Birgitte, Nynaeve and Elayne as among the few who really support her.
    3. ACoS,Ch14 - Mat worries that if Olver gets hurt he'll catch it from Mistress Anan, Elayne, Nynaeve, Birgitte and Aviendha.
    4. ACoS,Ch37 - Birgitte told Mat that his spear is properly called an ashandarei.
    5. ACoS,Ch39 - Mat claims to have read about gholam in a book to avoid compromising Birgitte's identity.
  4. In The Path of Daggers
    1. TPoD,Ch20 - Lan mistakes Birgitte for Kandori because of her clothes.
  5. In Winters Heart
    1. WH,Ch12 - Min has a viewing of Birgitte - Auras danced around her and images flickered, more than Min had ever seen around anyone, thousands it seemed, cascading over one another. Those multitude of images and auras flashed by too quickly for her to make out any clearly, but she was certain they indicated more adventures than a woman could have in one lifetime. Strangely, some were connected to an ugly man who was older that she, and others to an ugly man who was much younger, yet somehow Min knew they were the same man.
  6. In Crossroads of Twilight
    1. CoT,Ch15 - Daved Hanlon wonders if Birgitte sent the man who attacked him.
  7. In Knife of Dreams
    1. KoD,Ch10 - Olver tells Mat, Thom and Noal that Birgitte told him how to open the door in the Tower of Ghenjei.
    2. KoD,Ch17 - Birgitte and Dyelin grate on each other.
    3. KoD,Ch23 - Romanda reads about Birgitte and Gaidal Cain in The Flame, the Blade and the Heart.
    4. KoD,Ch24 - Nicola and Areina tell the novices stories about Egwene that make her sound like a hero like Birgitte or Amaresu.
  8. In Towers of Midnight
    1. ToM,Ch53 - Mat asks Thom if there are any stories about anyone spending time in the Tower of Ghenjei. He replies that there is the story of Elmiara who spent a hundred days in the land of the Shadoweyes hunting the spring of Sund to heal her lover.
    2. ToM,Ch57 - After all this time, Mat thinks talking with Moiraine feels as odd as talking with a hero like Birgitte.
  9. In A Memory of Light
    1. AMoL,Ch8 - Elayne has with her some Andoran regulars under the command of Birgitte and Guybon.

Birgitte's Sayings#

Birgitte has a habit of referencing experiences in her earlier lives, most of which are only mentioned once and are probably from earlier Ages.

  1. In The Fires of Heaven
    1. TFoH,Ch34 - Birgitte thinks the carvings on Graendal's chair would make a Senje no-room keeper blush.
    2. TFoH,Ch36 - Birgitte asks after Nynaeve saying she had not seen anyone hog-tied like that since the Tourag took Mareesh.
    3. TFoH,Ch36 - Gaidal Cain thinks Birgitte has a sense of humor like a rock tossed into a shoja-circle.
    4. TFoH,Ch37 - Birgitte's few women friends usually have tempers like snowghosts.
    5. TFoH,Ch40 - Birgitte thinks Valan Luca's toughs have shoulders like s'Gandin quarrymen.
    6. TFoH,Ch47 - Birgitte flatters Uno citing the valor of Borderlands at Enkara and Soralle Step.
    7. TFoH,Ch48 - As Nynaeve rushes ahead of the rest, Birgitte mutters about Carpan girls leaping from a river cliff.
    8. TFoH,Ch49 - Nynaeve and Elayne continue to fight, Birgitte says like Shago barmaids with winteritch.
    9. TFoH,Ch54 - Birgitte explains that finding Nynaeve was as easy as finding feather-dancers in Shiota.
  2. In Lord of Chaos
    1. LoC,Ch12 - Birgitte refuses to spy on Aes Sedai after what happened to her when she did it in Shaemal.
    2. LoC,Ch40 - Birgitte explains to Elayne that she cannot take having people know who she is, as that will set unreasonable expectations. She already feels like a feather-dancer in a Tovan conclave.
    3. LoC,Ch48 - Birgitte compares Nynaeve's avoidance of Mat to a Cheltan flinching from the tax collector.
    4. LoC,Ch52 - Birgitte thinks Mat may be as dangerous as a N'Shar in Mameris.
  3. In A Crown of Swords
    1. ACoS,Ch21 - Birgitte doubts that nine feather-dancers with a shipload of brandy could corrupt Beslan.
  4. In The Path of Daggers
    1. TPoD,Ch6 - After Elayne's gateway explodes, Birgitte's own horse is gone, running fit to win the Wreath of Megairil.
  5. In Winter's Heart
    1. WH,Ch12 - Birgitte thinks Min shows off her legs like a feather-dancer.
    2. WH,Ch12 - Birgitte thinks Elayne is normally as proper as a Talmouri maiden.