It is absolutely unbelievable how many connections there are in this book. In no particular order, here are some interesting things I picked up on:
KotIt is absolutely unbelievable how many connections there are in this book. In no particular order, here are some interesting things I picked up on:
Kote is the proprietor of a quaint little inn named The Waystone Inn. If you remember, a very young Kvothe explains to Abenthy the tradition of the Greystones, or Waystones, as being an unexpected and pleasant break from the road. Hence, The Waystone Inn. Ironically, the inn Kote runs is of much better quality and offers a much larger selection of goods than one might expect given it's small clientele base and location, making it quite the pleasant and unexpected break from the road.
When Kvothe is speaking with Kilvin, Kilvin mentions a saying in Siaru that means, "Expect disaster every seven years." The Siaru word that translates into 'disaster' is 'kote.' Remember that Kvothe picked his name very carefully when he set up the Waystone.
Kvothe swore on his Name, his power, and his good left hand that he would not attempt to discern the identity of Denna's patron. As the situation stands now, he's named himself Kote, meaning disaster, Denna is not a part of his life, and he cannot seem to Name, perform Sympathy, fight, or make music. The implication is that he broke his word to Denna and, being a Namer, there was actual magic binding him to his word when he swore that oath. My other idea is that he didn't just call himself Kote, he changed his True Name to Kote. It doesn't say that he assumed a name, or that his name is a part of a disguise - he changed his name. If you remember, Elodin became panicked when he misunderstood Kvothe and thought Fela had changed her name.
When Kvothe is just a child in Tarbean, he nearly freezes to death in a snowbank. As he drifts closer to death, he imagines some sort of shadowy bird with flaming wings descending towards him - fortunately, a kind stranger, who is ironically dressed as Encanis, discovers him and saves his life. If you recall Skarpi's story about the creation of the Amyr, he mentions that they vanished form mortal sight and cannot be seen except at great peril. Perhaps Kvothe was seeing an Amyr or perhaps it was simply a hallucination.
When Kvothe learns to put his feelings to music, one of his songs is titled, "Riding in the Wagon With Ben", this is also the name of one of the chapters in The Name of the Wind.
Jeez, I had dozens more but, naturally, when I try and organize my thoughts and type them out most of them escape me.