|Roland is The Gunslinger Born from Marvel Comics|
Rand however was the unwilling hero at first. He denied being the Dragon Reborn until there was no doubt left that he was indeed the Dragon. He tried running from his destiny, tried to escape but eventually gave up and accepted his fate. He sacrifices what he thinks he must in order to fulfill his destiny, in order to save the world. His sacrifices include his family and home, his friends and even parts of himself, both physically and spiritually. Rand looses much never trying to retain anything for himself unless it is needed in his fight against Shai'tan, The Dark One.
|Rand al'Thor on the Sun Throne of Cairhien|
Another obscure relation between these two is their connection to King Arthur. Both Roland's Mid-World and Rand's Randland have their King Arthur analogues. Roland is directly descended (30th generation) from Arthur Eld, a great king of his realm. Rand has many things connecting him to Artur Paendrag Tanreall, Artur Hawkwing, The High King. Among others Rand is compared as being even more strongly Ta'veren than Artur Hawkwing.