So, people have made a big deal out of the Asian influences in WOT and that's fair enough, as RJ admitted them, but, as far as I know, no one's mentioned the obvious Norse influence. You've got Mat, who is obviously Odin for various reasons which I wonh't expound on here, you've got Rand al'Thor (obviously) though that, and being a guy who fights evil are about the only similarities between Rand and Thor, and you've got Ragnarok of course. Plus, the Dark One's method of touching the world, at least initially; extremes of heat and cold, seems reminiscent of Muspellheim and Nifilheim. Finally, the Pattern itself could be interpreted as similar to Wyrd, depending on your interpretation of Wyrd, though, of course, RJ has said it was based on an Asian concept. That's all I've found so far.
But, randomly, I wiill second someone else's question (whose name I don't remember) what's the deal with the pipe?
Apologies for the sloppiness but my computer's restart is imminent.