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An arcanist is a person who has reached the rank of El'the and acquired a gilthe (or guilder) at the University, specifically in the Arcanum. Arcanists are trained in sympathy, and traditionally in naming. It is customary for an arcanist’s full education to take six years [1].


Name Meaning
E'lir See-er
Re'lar Speaker
El'the Shaper[2]
  1. The Name of the Wind, Chapter 44, "The Burning Glass"
  2. This meaning is speculative but will be confirmed in book 3, according to Patrick Rothfuss.