How tall are the characters in the Stormlight Archive?
By: Preston Simmons | Written: May 7th, 2022
About Roshar as a Planet
The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson takes place on a planet called Roshar that is part of the greater Cosmere.
Roshar is not Earth, and because of that, the gravitational force of the planet is less than that of Earth. If Earth’s gravitational force is 9.807 m/s^2, Roshar’s is around 6.87 m/s^2, or around 70% of the Cosmere standard.
What does that mean in regards to the heights of the Rosharans? It means that the people of Roshar are taller than the average human of Earth.
With that information, and with the help of certain lines in the Stormlight Archive novels, we can deduce how tall the characters in the Stormlight Archive are. And with in mind, we can create an (unofficial) Stormlight Archive character height chart!
How to determine The Height of the characters in the Stormlight Archive
” I can see what you’re up to.”
“Five foot six inches ,” Shallan said. “I suspect that’s all I will ever be up to, unfortunately.”Shallan Davar – Words of Radiance
With this quote is possible to determine the heights of most, if not all, the characters in the Stormlight Archive. Shallan claims to be 5’6, but we know that a Rosharan system of measurement is slightly different from the one we use on Earth.
Though Shallan claims to be 5’6, in Earth standards she would be taller. At minimum, Shallan would be 5’8 in Earth standard due to the weaker gravitational force on Roshar, which would lengthen limbs. But, I would argue that in Earth standards, Shallan is closer to 5’10, which is considered short on Roshar.
We also know the differences in height between Shallan, Kaladin, and Adolin due to Shallan’s observation of the two. In many occasions, Shallan tilts her head to look up to Kaladin and Adolin when speaking to them. In addition, Shallan also mentions how tall Jasnah is compared to her and Taravangian (WoK Ch. 5).
By comparing Shallan to various characters, like Jasnah, then comparing that character to the others (i.e Jasnah to Dalinar), and so on, it’s possible to determine the approximate heights of the various characters in the Stormlight Archive.
In addition, we also have an official confirmation of Kaladin’s Rosharan height in this Words of Brandon:
“How tall is Kaladin?”
“Kaladin I think is 6′ 4″? But I’m not 100% sure how the equivalent– Like he is 6′ 4″ to Rosharans, which may actually put him several inches taller to the 6′ 4″, like the feet on Roshar are not exactly the same as feet here.”Brandon Sanderson at Skyward Houston signing (November 19th, 2018)
Disclaimer: These are not the official heights, these are approximations based on quotes, descriptions, and Words of Brandon
Related: The Best Cosmere Reading Order
Stormlight Archive Character Height Chart
|How Tall Is:||Height (ft) Roshar Standard||Height (ft) Earth Standard||Height (cm) Earth Standard|
|Shallan Davar||5’6||5’10||177 cm|
|Kaladin Stormblessed||6’4||6’8||203 cm|
|Sylphrena (Spren form)||1’0||1’4||40 cm|
|Adolin Kholin||6’1||6’5||195 cm|
|Jasnah Kholin||6’0||6’4||193 cm|
|Dalinar Kholin||6’3||6’7||200 cm|
|Navani Kholin||5’8||6’0||182 cm|
|Renarin Kholin||5’11||6’3||190 cm|
|Elhokar Kholin||6’2||6’6||198 cm|
|Szeth Son-Son-Vallano||5’3||5’7||170 cm|
|Venli (voidform)||7’0||7’4||223 cm|
|Eshonai (warform)||7’3||7’5||226 cm|
|Rlain (warform)||7’2||7’6||228 cm|
|Rysn (standing)||5’8||6’0||182 cm|