You are going to absolutely love the latest Iron Flame theory. Thank you to our reader Miranda who sent me this TikTok by a lady called @southernlife00. She does not have a bio on her profile but shout out to her as her theory is incredible.
If you don’t have TikTok don’t worry, I will dive right into it and explain it (with some supported theories of my own).
According to this Iron Flame fan, we don’t know exactly how old Naolin is. Of course, we don’t really know much about Naolin at all. In fact, if you remember, I have a whole theory about Naolin explaining that I don’t think he died. And how I believe Tairn actually almost died because he himself severed their bond (and not other reasons as implied by Kaolin).
Here’s where this theory is going to blow your mind. We are aware that many of the names in Iron Flame and Fourth Wing come from Scottish Gaelic. I wrote it about and even tried to explain how to pronounce them all. But this lady, in her video explains that she looked up Naolin and the origin is Azten which means God of Sun.
Again, you know from my previous theories (note: this is a member’s only theory) that I am 100% certain that the Gods are among men in Fourth Wing and Iron Flame. I really do and I came up with some pretty strong evidence about it too!
But wait, there is more. Aaric in Norse mythology means to rule with mercy. Which is a pretty damn good clue for us all because that’s what Aaric does, right? He is second in line for the throne but he decides to enrol into the Rider’s Quadrant! Because he has mercy for the innocents!
But wait you guys, there is even more! The name Sorrengail when spelleed normal means “heavenly”. Which explains my idea that Violet is connected to the Gods. And it explain my previous theory that there is a good reason why all Sorrengails are riders! Because they are! And it also explains why Lilith said in Iron Flame that “the Gods are among us!” because well..they are. Because I think both Xaden and Violet are part Gods.
Not sure, ok let’s continue…
In the video the lady talks about Aetos. Unusual name right? Well that’s because in Greek mythology, Aetos was an earth-born childhood companion to Zeus. OMG, are you reading this?? Dain was exactly that to Violet. He was her companion, her friend since childhood. I’m literally getting goosebumbs. And the comparison between Violet and Zeus. Oh, music to my ears.
ARE YOU PREPARED TO HAVE YOUR MIND BLOWN?
Zeus was regarded as the sender of thunder and lightning, rain, and winds, and his traditional weapon was the thunderbolt. I’m literally levitating as I’m writing this is so cool.
Oh wait, as the king of Gods, he also had the power to command the other dieties. Could it be that THIS IS HER SECOND SIGNET? Telling dragons what to do? Telling Malek himself that he cannot have Sawyer?
You’re right…there is more. Zeus also has the power to control time which is clear that Violet can do. Sure, via Andarna. Which let’s face it, is going to be some sort of Goddess herself. Because I’m certain Andarna is no ordinary dragon. In Iron Flame I’m certain Andarna already passed onto Violet the ability to slow down time. And then, she is really fast. Violet can control time. Like Zeus!
The lady in the video (can someone help me find her name please?) says “Zeus became the most important of the gods because he uses intelligence as well as his power. And what are we told of her? That she has the mind of a scribe in the heart of the rider.”
And then she goes on to explain that Zeus had one weakness: love. Oh my lord, we’re bringing Xaden into the game now. The lady goes on to explain that she looked up the name Xaden and the name (Zayden) means “god”, “divinity”, or “angel” in Hebrew. (EDIT: Please note, a reader in the comments who speaks Hebrew, contested this and sais that they are 99% sure that it means nothing in their language; I’m investigating this as we speak to find out more).
You remember the bit right: in Fourth Wing: “he is a “dark, avenging angel, the messenger from the queen of the gods.”
And then we continue with how Violet sees “the wrath of Dunne in gold-flecked onyx eyes”. Argh, beautiful! Is Violet Godsent? Could it be that Violet’s mum is actually Dunne as per my original theory?
Ok, ok, ok. But then I started doing a little digging of my own. You know how Tairn calls her “Silver One”. I looked up some Greek mythology and turns out the colour silver, is mainly associated with the Goodess Artemis. And check this out. In Greek mythology silver is mentioned just about as often as gold, the most notable being the silver-tipped bows and lances of the Goddess Artemis.
And you know who Artemis is? The daughter of Zeus. So could it be that maybe Violet herself is not Zeus but Artemis, the daughter of Zeus? (which in Fourth Wing and Iron Flame could be Malek himself…or could be a higher divinity above them all, the equivalent of Zeus?)
Are you on a spiral? Good, because I have even more. The lady also mentions that Riorson means the son of Rory which means the Red King. Having to do with venin? I think so too…
In Greek mythology, violets are associated with the Greek myth of Persephone, Zeus’s daughter. (yes, the other daughter)
Persephone is also the wife of Hades. Who is Hades? The god of the underworld. Zaden, God, dark avenging angel, shadows…do you see it?
The following part is going to blow your mind even more:
The story of Persephone in Greek mythology tells of her abduction while gathering flowers by Hades, the king of the underworld and brother of Zeus. During her mother’s search for her, the all-knowing Sun God reveals Persephone’s location. A key aspect of the myth is that Persephone ate in the underworld, binding her to it.
This act obligated her to spend half the year as the queen of the underworld and the other half on Earth. (Get it now, omg? Half with venin and half with normal people?)
The myth symbolizes the balance of nature and power. Do you remember how Andarna always says that nature likes all things in balance? Boom, there it is.
Question is, is Violet our Artemis or our Persephone? Or is it a symbolic both? Is it possible that Violet is like Zeus himself? After all she has the power to command the skies and all its power. Maybe she is the Goddess of all Gods which makes her the most powerful being of all.
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What of Andarna?
So what is Andarna role? I’m so glad you asked. Zeus had several powers, lightening, the ability to control time and…shapeshifting. Interesting that Andarna can shape-shift in a way. Thanks to her amazing scales, she has the power of camouflage. So a shape shift of sorts. She looked like that boulder, did she not. Now we know that riders have signets based on who they really are at their core.
Then how is this related to Violet’s second signet?
Well, if we assume Violet is Zeus then she has lightening and shapeshifting. But let’s be real, chances are there is no shapeshifting in Empyrean Series. So you know what else Zeus had? He had Aegis. His shield, the Aegis, was another symbol of his power. It was said to be indestructible and capable of instilling terror into the hearts of his enemies. ARE YOU READING THIS? His…SHIELD. What’s Violet excellent at? Shielding. Gosh, she even managed to shield her own dragon, Tairn for a bit! So Violet’s second signet is super powerful shields.
If we assume that Violet takes some from Artemis, then Violet will perfect aim with the bow and arrow, and have the ability to turn herself and others into animals. Now Artemis is also powerful and can control disease and healing, which is very handy with venin!
If we assume Violet is somehow like Persephone, then she would have superhuman strength, durability, and resistance to disease. But she already has that, based on the theory that she is resistant to turning venin (thanks to her being “drained” already while in Lilith’s womb).
So which one is it? Super shields? Or the ability to heal? Or maybe neither and we’ll be surprised with something extra, which is just soooo exciting!