EWoT: Brandelwyn al'Vere

"I've just spent twenty minutes explaining to Mistress al'Donel that I can do nothing about the storks."
   —Brandelwyn al'Vere
For others with the same surname, see al'Vere.

Brandelwyn "Bran" al'Vere is the Mayor of Emond's Field, in the Two Rivers, though now he has willingly let much of his power go to Perrin Aybara, Lord of the Two Rivers. Egwene al'Vere is one of Bran and Marin's children.


With sparse gray hair and a round face, he has the look of many innkeepers: wearing an apron that strains over his wide girth. Surprisingly, he walks lightly for a man of his size. On special occasions, he wears a silver medallion of scales, the symbol of the office of Mayor.


As the village Mayor and the head of the Village Council, people are always taking their problems to Bran for solving. He is also the owner of the Winespring Inn, which he runs with the help of his wife, Marin. The cellar of the inn contains many barrels of brandy and ale made by Bran, and sometimes apple cider or apple brandy made by Tam al'Thor, and delivered every year about Bel Tine.


He is part of the Village council, which is in session when Padan Fain arrives.

Bran tells Perrin of the death of his entire family when he arrives at the Winespring Inn with Faile.[1]

Bran tells Dain Bornhald that there will be no arrests, no intimidation or other trouble from the Whitecloaks while they are in the village defending against the Trollocs.[2]

He helps defend Emond's Field against the invading Trollocs.[3]


His name may be an allusion to the Baranduin River (more commonly called the Brandywine River) of The Hobbit.


  1. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 29
  2. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 45
  3. The Shadow Rising, Chapter 56
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