Lan's hadori

"Lan told me once that Malkier lives so long as one man wears the hadori in pledge that he will fight the Shadow."
   —Nynaeve while recruiting support for Lan's ride to the Last Battle[1]

A hadori is a thin, braided leather headband worn by Malkieri men that holds back their hair.[2] Hadoris have not been seen very often since the downfall of Malkier. When a young Malkieri boy is given his hadori by a male relative or a Malkieri male acting in the place of a relative, it means that he has become a man among the Malkieri, more so than gaining his sword which, among the Borderlanders is a symbol of the transition from boyhood to manhood. Malkieri who wear the hadori are buried in it.[2] After the fall of Malkier the hadori remains a symbol of the Malkieri people and their commitment to stand against the darkness.

People who are seen to wear a hadori include Lan Mandragoran, Bukama Marenellin,[2] Weilin Aldragoran,[1] Bulen,[3] Andere, and Nazar Kurenin,[4] as well as many more who join Lan with the intention of riding under the banner of Malkier - the Golden Crane on a white backdrop.


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