Pronunciation: NIGH-neev al-MEER-ah

aka: Maryim, Nana

At the beginning of the series, she is the Wisdom of Emond's Field. She can wield the One Power. Born 973 NE. Her parents were farmers.

Physical Description#

She is slender and barely taller than Mat's shoulder. She has deep brown eyes and she wears her long dark hair in a braid. (TEotW,Ch3) She is about 5'4".

Nynaeve al'Meara by Emily Cleghorn
Nynaeve al'Meara by Richard Boyé

Points of View#

See Nynaeve's chapter points of view.

Chronology (Possible Spoilers)#


Beginning of Series#

Shadar Logoth#

Journey to Caemlyn#


Fal Dara and the Blight#

Tar Valon#

Toman Head#

Journey to Tar Valon#

Tar Valon#

Journey to Tear#






Ebou Dar#


Far Madding#

Shadar Logoth#

Tear #



Field of Merrilor#

Other References (Possible Spoilers)#

  1. In The Eye of the World
    1. TEotW,Ch1 - Wit Congar complains that Nynaeve is too young to be Wisdom.
    2. TEotW,Ch13 - Moiraine lets slip to Egwene that there is another channeler in Emond's Field but does not reveal that it is Nynaeve.
    3. TEotW,Ch51 - Ba'alzamon shows Rand a vision of Egwene and Nynaeve.
  2. In The Great Hunt
    1. TGH,Ch4 - Moiraine tells Siuan that Egwene is as strong as Elayne and Nynaeve is stronger.
    2. TGH,Ch22 - Moiraine thinks Lan's loyalties are compromised because of Nynaeve.
    3. TGH,Ch43 - Min views a man's gold ring above Nynaeve.
  3. In The Dragon Reborn
    1. TDR,Ch6 - As Min leaves for Tar Valon, she asks Lan if he has a message for Nynaeve. He responds that he will say anything that needs to be said directly.
    2. TDR,Ch9 - Feeling sick after channeling, Rand wishes Moiraine or Nynaeve were around to Heal him.
    3. TDR,Ch12 - Siuan orders Verin to tell her every detail about Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve.
    4. TDR,Ch19 - Mat recalls Egwene and Nynaeve bringing him to Tar Valon.
    5. TDR,Ch20 - Mat wants to say goodbye to Egwene and Nynaeve before he leaves Tar Valon.
    6. TDR,Ch22 - With some fear, Egwene recalls Nynaeve's reaction to her Accepted test.
    7. TDR,Ch24 - Mat still intends to say goodbye to Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne before he leaves Tar Valon.
    8. TDR,Ch28 - Mat remembers Nynaeve checking his health for at least five years.
    9. TDR,Ch30 - As soon as Nynaeve and the others leave, Mat begins planning his escape.
    10. TDR,Ch32 - Rand dreams of Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne being trapped.
    11. TDR,Ch43 - Perrin dreams of Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve walking into a cage and closing the door behind them. Liandrin laughs at them and Lanfear laughs at her.
    12. TDR,Ch49 - Mat dreams of Be'lal weaving a net around Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve.
    13. TDR,Ch51 - Nynaeve is seven years older than Egwene.
    14. TDR,Ch52 - Mother Guenna tells Mat that Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve were taken to the Stone of Tear.
  4. In The Shadow Rising
    1. TSR,Ch1 - Gawyn tells Min that Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve arrived at the White Tower with Verin, then disappeared again.
    2. TSR,Ch7 - Rand and Egwene exchange fond memories of switchings from Nynaeve.
    3. TSR,Ch17 - Moiraine bribes Thom into accompanying Elayne and Nynaeve to Tanchico.
    4. TSR,Ch21 - Moiraine thinks Nynaeve may get Lan, but only after she is dead.
    5. TSR,Ch21 - Moiraine thinks Elayne and Nynaeve are on a wild goose chase in Tanchico, but Thom will take care of them.
    6. TSR,Ch28 - Perrin dreams that Nynaeve and Elayne stalked cautiously through a demented landscape of twisted, shadowed buildings, hunting some dangerous beast.
    7. TSR,Ch29 - Perrin tells Marin al'Vere that Egwene and Nynaeve are safe and are studying to be Aes Sedai.
    8. TSR,Ch35 - In Tel'aran'rhiod, Elayne tells Egwene that she and Nynaeve will be in Tanchico in two or three days.
    9. TSR,Ch46 - Nynaeve's mother was a farmwife. Her father herded sheep and grew tabac.
    10. TSR,Ch53 - Perrin dreams that Egwene stood among a crowd of women, fear in her eyes; slowly the women knelt around her. Nynaeve was one of them, and he believed he saw Elayne's red-gold hair.
  5. In The Fires of Heaven
    1. TFoH,Ch5 - Egwene has been dreamwalking, but she has not yet succeeded in finding Elayne's and Nynaeve's dreams.
    2. TFoH,Ch7 - Moiraine thinks to herself that she has arranged for Lan to be with Nynaeve.
    3. TFoH,Ch18 - Liandrin knows that Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve were responsible for the deaths of Joiya and Amico.
    4. TFoH,Ch18 - Moghedien sets Liandrin and others of the Black Ajah to hunt for Nynaeve and tells them she was in Sienda two days ago.
    5. TFoH,Ch20 - Moiraine tells Rand to trust no Aes Sedai except herself, Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve.
    6. TFoH,Ch23 - Egwene thinks Sorilea is much tougher than Nynaeve.
    7. TFoH,Ch24 - Elayne tells Egwene about Nynaeve's troubles with Latelle.
    8. TFoH,Ch25 - Egwene wants to learn to identify Elayne's and Nynaeve's dreams so she can contact them more directly.
    9. TFoH,Ch25 - Moghedien spies on Elayne in hopes that she will lead her to Nynaeve.
    10. TFoH,Ch31 - When he is with Aviendha, Rand recalls what happened to Kimry Lewin and Bar Dowtry when Nynaeve caught them in his father's barn.
    11. TFoH,Ch34 - Moghedien tells Chesmal that Nynaeve is with a menagerie. Chesmal tells her there are lots heading north into Ghealdan. Moghedien orders Chesmal to follow her to Ghealdan.
    12. TFoH,Ch53 - Before he leaves, Lan asks Rand to tell Nynaeve to forget him.
  6. In Lord of Chaos
    1. LoC,Epilogue - Elayne and Nynaeve are gone from the Tarasin Palace in Ebou Dar again.
    2. LoC,Ch10 - The Two Rivers girls ask Rand lots of questions about Mat, Egwene and Nynaeve.
    3. LoC,Ch16 - Rand thinks that he can only trust Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve.
    4. LoC,Ch18 - Egwene asks Rand to intercede with the Wise Ones to take her back to Tel'aran'rhiod. She is desperate to return "legally" so she can meet with Elayne and Nynaeve.
    5. LoC,Ch22 - As he juggles, Mat wonders how Thom is doing and thinks that Elayne and Nynaeve probably got him killed.
    6. LoC,Ch27 - Egwene dreams of approaching Elayne and Nynaeve; every time one of them said a word, they tripped and fell on their faces or dropped a cup or plate or knocked over a vase, always something that shattered on impact.
    7. LoC,Ch32 - Egwene really wants to talk with Elayne and Nynaeve but she is afraid to because of her dream.
    8. LoC,Ch34 - Sheriam tells Egwene the Nynaeve Healed Siuan.
    9. LoC,Ch40 - Thom tells Mat that he and Juilin will accompany Elayne and Nynaeve to Ebou Dar.
    10. LoC,Ch48 - Nynaeve is twenty-six, pinning her year of birth as 973 NE.
    11. LoC,Ch53 - Galina knew of Min when she was first in the White Tower with Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne.
  7. In A Crown of Swords
    1. ACoS,Prologue - Tarna Feir's report to Elaida on the Salidar Aes Sedai noted that Elayne, Nynaeve, Siuan and Logain are there. Alviarin reports that Gray Ajah spies have seen Elayne, Nynaeve, Aviendha, and Birgitte in Ebou Dar.
    2. ACoS,Ch8 - When Sheriam notices her a'dam bracelet, Egwene tells her it was a going away gift from Elayne and Nynaeve.
    3. ACoS,Ch9 - Nicola and Areina try to blackmail Egwene saying they overheard Thom and Juilin say Nynaeve and Elayne were pretending to be Aes Sedai.
    4. ACoS,Ch12 - Myrelle tells Egwene she will pass Lan's bond to Nynaeve. She says she began readying Nynaeve as soon as she felt the bond pass to her. Egwene sends Lan to Ebou Dar to protect Nynaeve.
    5. ACoS,Ch13 - Mat promised Rand to bring Elayne to Caemlyn with Egwene and Nynaeve, then promised Egwene to keep Nynaeve and Elayne safe in Ebou Dar.
    6. ACoS,Ch14 - Mat worries that if Olver gets hurt he will catch it from Mistress Anan, Elayne, Nynaeve, Birgitte and Aviendha.
    7. ACoS,Ch16 - Mat leaves a note at the Tarasin Palace for Elayne and Nynaeve warning them about Carridin.
    8. ACoS,Ch17 - Mat finds a note in his pocket warning him that Elayne and Nynaeve are taking too many risks.
    9. ACoS,Ch17 - Joline thinks Elaida is angry about Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve mainly because they are stronger than she.
    10. ACoS,Ch17 - Teslyn wants to take Elayne, Nynaeve, Mat, and Aviendha to Elaida.
    11. ACoS,Ch17 - Since they have not found the *angreal stash, Falion and Ispan consider kidnapping Nynaeve and Elayne to appease Moghedien.
    12. ACoS,Ch30 - Moghedien sees Nynaeve board a boat. She runs to the roof of a building and balefires the boat slicing it in half.
    13. ACoS,Ch33 - Rand has nightmares about Alviarin, Elaida, Egwene, Nynaeve and all the Aes Sedai standing against him.
    14. ACoS,Ch37 - Mat's main driving force is to bring Egwene, Elayne, Nynaeve and Aviendha to Rand in Caemlyn.
  8. In The Path of Daggers
    1. TPoD,Ch2 - The gholam was ordered to kill Elayne, Nynaeve and Mat, but chooses to go after the women as they are an easier target.
    2. TPoD,Ch16 - Lelaine wants Elayne and Nynaeve to pass a message to Merilille to contact the Sea Folk in Caemlyn.
    3. TPoD,Ch21 - Rand wants to talk to Nynaeve about cleansing saidin.
    4. TPoD,Ch30 - Sharina Melloy, a grandmother who has joined the Salidar Aes Sedai as a novices, has even more potential than Nynaeve.
  9. In Winter's Heart
    1. WH,Ch18 - Setalle Anan asks Mat how Elayne and Nynaeve are doing.
    2. WH,Ch19 - Teslyn left Mat the warning note about Elayne and Nynaeve in order to frustrate Elaida's plans.
    3. WH,Ch26 - Since Nynaeve and Merilille are gone, Elayne has to teach the Windfinders.
    4. WH,Ch29 - Egeanin tells Mat that she helped Elayne and Nynaeve in Tanchico.
  10. In Crossroads of Twilight
    1. CoT,Ch8 - When the powerful channeling to the north erupts, Perrin sees an image of Rand and Nynaeve facing each other.
    2. CoT,Ch12 - Elayne wonders if Galad still fancies Nynaeve.
    3. CoT,Ch20 - Lately Nynaeve has been ignoring Egwene in the place of dreams.
    4. CoT,Ch30 - The Yellow Ajah is excited about a rumor from Cairhien that is somehow connected to Nynaeve.
  11. In Knife of Dreams
    1. KoD,Prologue - Egwene tries to remember what Nynaeve told her about forkroot.
    2. KoD,Ch1 - Siuan's ability at Healing is improved since Nynaeve Healed her.
    3. KoD,Ch2 - The Salidar Aes Sedai are still queasy about mentioning stilling even after Nynaeve Healed Siuan and Leane.
    4. KoD,Ch8 - Mat knows that Mother Darvale is the wisdom of Runnien Crossing. She acts like a much older version of Nynaeve.
    5. KoD,Ch10 - In her letter to Thom, Moiraine says she wishes the best for Lan and Nynaeve.
    6. KoD,Ch13 - Elayne thinks Nynaeve put too much backbone into the Kin.
    7. KoD,Ch15 - Birgitte sometimes tugs her braid almost like Nynaeve.
    8. KoD,Ch19 - Loial wants someone to accompany him to see his mother but he is too nervous to ask Nynaeve or Verin.
    9. KoD,Ch21 - Rand thinks that all Aes Sedai have their own agendas like Nynaeve and Verin.
    10. KoD,Ch23 - Many of the Salidar Aes Sedai new novices are adept at Nynaeve's new form of Healing.
  12. In The Gathering Storm
    1. TGS,Ch2 - When Egwene waits on Elaida, it is her first sight of Elaida since she, Elayne and Nynaeve left to hunt the Black Ajah.
    2. TGS,Ch49 - Rand thinks on the fact that everyone is now afraid of him, even Nynaeve.
  13. In Towers of Midnight
    1. ToM,Prologue - Lan thinks Nynaeve has learned to talk and think like Aes Sedai.
    2. ToM,Ch17 - In discussing their future with Elayne, the Kin remind her that Egwene and Nynaeve promised that they could go to Tar Valon.
    3. ToM,Ch38 - When Mesaana collars Egwene, she thinks this was the same way Elayne and Nynaeve captured Moghedien.
    4. ToM,Ch42 - Lan is aware that Nynaeve now holds his bond. Her passion and her kindness are remarkable.
    5. ToM,Ch44 - Perrin excitedly asks Mat how the others are, Thom and Nynaeve.
    6. ToM,Epilogue - Lan sends a final thought of love to Nynaeve as his army charges the Shadowspawn at Tarwin's Gap.
  14. In A Memory of Light
    1. AMoL,Ch11 - Kathana's bossiness reminds Mat of Nynaeve.