The Dark Tower (Series) | Study Guide

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Timeline of Events

  • Mid-World

    In the city of Gilead, Roland, age 14, completes his rite of passage to become a gunslinger.

    The Gunslinger
  • Six months later

    Roland travels to Mejis where he falls in love with Susan and defeats a plot against his father.

    Wizard and Glass
  • A few months later

    After Roland returns to Gilead, he accidentally shoots his mother.

    Wizard and Glass
  • A few months later

    Roland is sent to Debaria in Mid-World to help rid the town of a skin man.

    The Wind Through the Keyhole
  • 20 years later

    Roland pursues Walter across the desert in Mid-World and kills everyone in the town of Tull.

    The Gunslinger
  • Two weeks later

    Roland meets Jake Chambers in a way station in Mid-World and takes the boy under his wing.

    The Gunslinger
  • A few weeks later

    Roland catches up with Walter and lets Jake fall into an abyss rather than give up his quest.

    The Gunslinger
  • A few hours later

    Roland and Walter discuss Walter's identity; Walter puts Roland to sleep after reading tarot cards.

    The Gunslinger
  • 300 years later

    Roland awakens next to a skeleton and discovers he has aged 10 years but 300 years have passed.

    The Drawing of the Three
  • A few weeks later

    Roland pulls Eddie and Susannah through doorways from New York to the Western Sea in Mid-World.

    The Drawing of the Three
  • 1977, Alternate World

    Eddie helps pull Jake from The Mansion in Brooklyn to join the ka-tet in Mid-World.

    The Waste Lands
  • A few days later

    The ka-tet follows the Path of the Beam through Mid-World to the city of Lud.

    The Waste Lands
  • A few weeks later

    In Lud Roland battles the Tick-Tock Man, and the ka-tet boards Blaine the Mono.

    The Waste Lands
  • The following day

    Eddie defeats Blaine in a riddling contest, frying the train's circuits as they arrive in Topeka.

    Wizard and Glass
  • The same day

    The ka-tet arrives at a glass palace where they meet Walter in another of his guises.

    Wizard and Glass
  • A few weeks later

    The ka-tet arrives in Calla Bryn Sturgis and defends the town from the Crimson King's men.

    Wolves of the Calla
  • 1999, Keystone World

    Susannah and Mia travel from Calla to New York where they prepare to give birth to Mordred.

    Wolves of the Calla
  • 1977, Keystone World

    Eddie and Roland visit Stephen King and persuade him to keep writing The Dark Tower series.

    Song of Susannah
  • 1999, Keystone World

    Susannah travels through a door from New York to Fedic, where she and Mia give birth to Mordred.

    Song of Susannah
  • 1999, Keystone World

    Jake and Father Callahan fight their way through the Dixie Pig restaurant to save Susannah.

    The Dark Tower
  • Around the same time

    Mordred eats Mia; Susannah escapes the Crimson King's men and lets Jake through the door to Fedic.

    The Dark Tower
  • 1977, Keystone World

    Roland and Eddie convince John Cullum to join Moses Carver and form Tet Corporation.

    The Dark Tower
  • A few hours later

    The ka-tet reunites in Fedic and liberates the Crimson King's Beam Breakers, but Eddie is killed.

    The Dark Tower
  • 1999, Keystone World

    Jake dies in Maine when he pushes Stephen King out of the path of an oncoming minivan.

    The Dark Tower
  • 1999, Keystone World

    Roland goes to New York and discovers the Tet Corporation is fighting the Crimson King.

    The Dark Tower
  • The next day

    Roland and Susannah set out from Fedic toward the Dark Tower.

    The Dark Tower
  • Several weeks later

    Roland and Susannah rescue Patrick Danville from an energy vampire named Dandelo.

    The Dark Tower
  • A few weeks later

    Susannah asks Patrick to draw her a door to an alternate world so she can leave the quest.

    The Dark Tower
  • A few days later

    Mordred attacks Roland and is killed.

    The Dark Tower
  • The next day

    Roland defeats the Crimson King and enters the Dark Tower but is dropped at the start of his quest.

    The Dark Tower
  • Unknown, Alternate World

    Susannah reunites with Eddie and Jake, now brothers, in Central Park.

    The Dark Tower

Book Summaries Chart

Book Summary
The Gunslinger Roland, the last gunslinger, and his mule chase the unidentified "man in black" across the desert. Stopping at a small... Read More
The Drawing of the Three Roland awakens on the beach by the Western Sea to find a horde of crawling, carnivorous creatures washed in on the tid... Read More
The Waste Lands Five months after Roland draws Eddie and Susannah into Mid-World, he is training them as gunslingers, and Eddie and Su... Read More
Wizard and Glass The members of the ka-tet take turns riddling Blaine the Mono with no success, even using Jake's book of riddles. Blai... Read More
The Wind Through the Keyhole After the ka-tet leaves Topeka and the glass palace on Interstate 70, they encounter an old man named Bix, whom Oy see... Read More
Wolves of the Calla After surviving the starkblast beyond Topeka, the ka-tet moves into the borderlands between Mid-World proper and the E... Read More
Song of Susannah Eddie wants to follow his wife through the Doorway Cave right away and is frustrated that they must wait until morning... Read More
The Dark Tower While Susannah and Mia give birth to Mordred in Fedic, Jake, Father Callahan, and Oy battle vampires and low men in th... Read More
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