Friday, February 22, 2013

The Tinkers and the Sheinarans

The Tinkers, or the Tuatha'an, are a pacifistic people loosely based on gypsies. They are described as dark skinned but probably look less like Arabs or Moores and more like Isreali's. Hard to say. Either way, Aram, the central-most Tuatha'an, should be played by David Alpay.

His father, Raen, the Mahdi of his tribe, as far as I know appears only twice, but he has a lot to say both times, so I went ahead and cast him with Manuel Cauchi.

Moving on now to the Sheinarans. The residents of Sheinar mostly only appear in the first two books (but a few of them show up later), and strangely enough, there are actually quite a few of them. The most visible one is easily the half-mad "Prophet of the Dragon" Masema Dagar. We want a guy who can look handsome but completely nuts, and Mark Ryder can do that.

Violence-Sniffer Hurin is one of the more prominent entirely heroic Sheinarans in the story. He is described as lean with grey hair. Somehow Jed Brophy from the Peter Jackson Tolkien movies makes me think of him.

Repentant Darkfriend Ingtar Shinowa should have a kind of handsome, but dour look, like Matt Devere's. He's another guy whose work I'm not all that familiar with, but his look is right.

Foul-mouthed, one-eyed lieutenant Uno Nomesta is a fun but badass role, and I can see Dylan Smith having a great time with it. Too bad he's only a major character for one book.

Finally, guardsman Ragan is a somewhat minor character, but shows up a few times, so I figured I'd cast him. Aaron Jackson looks appropriate enough.

And that's my cast, ladies and germs. Questions and comments are welcome.


  1. Hmm, that's no Matt Devere on your picture, it's Clive Standen ( Nice casting, although I think of Ingtar as of more mature and less handsome guy :)

  2. Thanks, sorry about that. It's fixed now.

    Ingtar always came off to me as a "typical hero" type, which is why it comes as a surprise when he reveals he's a darkfriend.

  3. One of the things that I loved about Wheel of Time is that it is full of strange and unique cultures. This easily allows for a much different looking cast than other similar shows. For instance, Game of Thrones is made up of almost entirely of a white cast, and they have to change the race of certain cultures to show a world of diversity. That sometimes upsets the fan base. The Wheel of Time, if it ever gets adapted won't have that problem.

    I know what you're doing was just for fun and to pass time, but I would hope that the actual cast members will be much more diverse than the ones that you did on your blog.

  4. I hope, if The Wheel of Time is ever made into a series, it's made into an animated series. Think Pixar meets the new Final Fantasy movie "Kingsglaive". There are simply too many things that would have to be cut or butchered beyond repair to bring out a faithful adaptation, in my eyes.

    That said, fan casting can be fun and useful as models for how a character should look. And there were only a few character choices you made that made me wince. Lan just looked all wrong to me.

    Tuon should be much darker, and I think the heart shaped face is a very prominent feature for her. And your pick for the Two Rivers characters was just... wrong. None of them matched up with how I've pictured them for the last 16 years.

    Those are just my opinions, though.