The Lay of Sir Savien Traliard was a tragic ballad written by Illien and is generally considered to be one of his greatest works.[1]


The Lay of Sir Savien Traliard is an extremely complex song consisting of two harmonies played simultaneously. The song tells the story of Sir Savien Traliard and his wife, Aloine.

In the Chronicle

Kvothe performs this song at the Eolian in an attempt to earn his talent pipes. During his performance, Ambrose Jakis uses sympathy to snap a string on Kvothe's lute in an attempt to prevent Kvothe from finishing the song and earning his talent pipes.


Savien, how could you know

It was the time for you to come to me?

Savien, do you remember

The days we squandered pleasantly?

How well then have you carried what

Have tarried in my heart and memory?


  1. ↑ The Name of the Wind, Chapter 15, "Distractions and Farewells"
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