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For questions about the long running epic fantasy series, "Shannara ", written by Terry Brooks (also adapted for a TV series), mostly depicting the Four Lands after a distant cataclysm, with many trilogies following different generations of the Ohmsford family, who are greatly removed descendants of the Shannara line of Elven royalty.

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Where did Will end up in the last episode?

In the second season (and afaik, series) finale, Will is thought to have sacrificed his life to undo the warlock lord's corruption of the world- but near the end, when the elfstones glow in Mareth's ...
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What places did Terry Brooks forget Walker Boh was missing his lower right arm?

Since I was a child, soon after Terry Brooks published The Sword of Shannara (1977), I have enjoyed his writing. I know he has his critics, and as any author (especially of sci-fi/fantasy), he has ...
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Is this a mistake in "The Scion of Shannara"?

On page 97-98 of The Scion of Shannara by Terry Brooks (2003 edition), Par had been captured by Spider Gnomes and was thinking about what he knew of Brin's past experience with them. It says that ...
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Did Wil talk to Amberle after she became the Elcrys?

At the ending of Elfstones of Shannara, Wil did not touch the new Elcrys formed from Amberle and the seed of the old Elcrys. Touching the Elcrys should have allowed them to say goodbye.
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What are the powers of a Druid?

In The Shannara Chronicles there are druids who possess magical powers. Allanon was the main druid in the TV series. What are the magical powers of a Druid?
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Does this character have any Elvish blood?

Typically, users of the Elfstones have to have at least SOME Elvish blood. I can't recall in any book where this was not the case.
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What happened to the last black staff after The Measure of the Magic?

After The Measure of the Magic the next book in the Shannara chronological order is The First King of Shannara. But in the First King there is no mention of what happened to Panterra Qu and the last ...
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Was the Word and the Void series intended to be a tie in to Shannara?

Terry Brooks wrote what I thought were two independent series, the Void Trilogy (Also known as the Word and the Void series), and the Shannara series of books. However, with the series Genesis of ...
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Where do the Elves in the Shannara Chronicles come from?

I have just finished watching the Shannara Chronicles TV series and in the title sequence it shows that Trolls and Gnomes are descended from Humans. However Elves are not on the family tree anywhere. ...
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Why did not the Demons attack Ellcrys directly?

In The Elfstones of Shannara, the Demons break through the Forbidding, then mass up and attack the Elves as an army, intent on destroying Ellcrys along with the Elves (or preventing her rebirth). Why ...
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Why didn't Allanon teach young magic users to become Druids?

In the Original Trilogy, Allanon always says that he is the last Druid. In the end, before he dies, he seals Paranor to block entry to the evil creatures seeking to use artifacts contained there to do ...
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How far removed is the familial relationship between Darcon Leah and Tarsha Kaynin?

In the Shannara series The Defenders of Shannara, we learned that Paxon Leah is a descendant of the Ohmsfords. While he didn't have the magic of the Wishsong, his sister did. Now, Tarsha has the ...
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Where exactly is the Forbidding?

In The Elfstones of Shannara, the demons emerge from some point beyond the west boundary of the Westland, which is claimed by Allanon to be 'the weakest point in the Forbidding'. In Jarka Ruus, it is ...
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Is Quickening a gypsy morph?

In The Druid Of Shannara (book 2 of the Heritage series), we meet Quickening, who is created by The King Of The Silver River from the elements. In the Word and the Void and Genesis series we meet a ...
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What does Eowen Cerise see in her last vision?

When Wren Elessedil is travelling back through Morrowindl in "The Elfqueen of Shannara" (book 3 of the Heritage series), Eowen has a vision of Wren shortly before she is lost to the Drakuls (...
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Why didn't the Druids find Reyn sooner?

I've been reading The Darkling Child, and I find it odd that the Druids didn't find Reyn much sooner. Why would the Druids scry waters not pick this up at all? *I put that in spoilers, as this is ...
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How could this person use the Sword of Shannara?

So, a while back I asked the question "Why can only a person of the bloodline of Shannara use the sword?" Now, I haven't planned on accepting the answer until I'd finished the series. Well, I just ...
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Why did Padishar threaten Par?

I'm reading the Heritage series, and finally got to Talismans of Shannara. There's a part of Chapter 2 that is just awkward for me. Par, Damson, and Padishar are all running from some Federation ...
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Are Shadowen mutated Feeders?

I'm reading Scions of Shannara, and something struck me. The way that Cogline and Allanon describe the Shadowen, they sound a lot like the Feeders from the Word & Void series that Nest encounters. ...
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Why were these creatures the allies to the Elves in the MTV adaptation of The Shannara Chronicles?

In the recent TV series The Shannara Chronicles, season one is a loose adaptation of The Elfstones of Shannara. In that series, Yet in the book, So is there recorded anywhere by MTV or Terry Brooks ...
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Why didn't Antrax show any interest in the power source of the skyships?

Antrax showed an ability to use its imagination to somehow harness the power of magic to keep itself running and its batteries full. It would seem that a much smaller imaginative leap would have been ...
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What race is Brona?

Brona, aka the Warlock Lord, is the antagonist in several of the Shannara series of books. They always refer to him as the "Druid Brona", yet druid is a title and not a race. Is it ever mentioned ...
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Was there obvious evidence of pre-apocalyptic humanity in the Elfstones of Shannara?

The first season of the MTV series The Shannara Chronicles is based very heavily on the plot of the second novel in the series, The Elfstones of Shannara. Some of the characters and details have been ...
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Do they speak English in the Four Lands in Shannara?

As can be suspected when beginning reading books from the Shannara universe and is made clear in the various prequel books, Based on this, it seems logical to assume that at least the humans and ...
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Where did the magic come from in the Shannara series?

I've just started watching the Shannara Chronicles, and I read the first few books years ago, so I remember bits but I was hoping someone could help me out. I remember that the Four Lands are ...
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Ruins of famous landmarks in Shannara

In the previews for the show "The Chronicles of Shannara", they often show things like a moss covered Space Needle on it's side, and a large cargo ship. When I last read the books, I don't remember ...
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What happens if the owner of the blue elfstones dies before passing them along?

So, according to legend, only a person who was given the blue elfstones willingly by the owner could use their magic. How is it then, that Allanon can give them to Shea? From what I remembered, the ...
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Is Cheney the same character as Wraith?

I just started reading Armageddon's Children, and there is a dog named Cheney. From the description it sounds like Wraith, or at least a descendant. Is there anything anywhere that confirms this?
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Is there a difference in the magic used by the black staff and the Druids?

In the Word and Void/Shannara series, we see that Knights of the Word can only use magic with the help of the black staff given by the Lady. Much later, the Druids seem to have gained use of magic ...
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Is the world of Shannara set in our future?

So, I recently saw the Shannara Chronicles trailer, and several points in it got me thinking. 1.) We see what looks to be the Space Needle from Seattle lying ...
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What follows The Measure of the Magic?

I'm just finishing "Legends of Shannara - The Measure Of The Magic" and I can't find what follows. Can you advise me please?
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What is the correct pronunciation of "Shannara"?

I have a question regarding the book The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks. What is the correct pronunciation for it (regarding its emphasis)? Shànnara or Shannàra? I tried searching the web, but I ...
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Colours and powers of Elfstones in Terry Brooks "The dark legacy of shannara"

What are the colours and powers of the Elfstones? I know the colour of two, but that is all. Blue - gives ability to find. Crimson - ??? Does anybody know the rest?
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Terry Brooks - is there a book which explains how Wishsong works

I have been reading "The Dark Legacy of Shannara" series by Terry Brooks and a couple of characters possess the power of the Wishsong. It seems a rather powerful power to possess, but I am only ...
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Why can only a person of the bloodline of Shannara use the sword?

So, I've been re-reading an old favorite, "The Sword of Shannara". In it, Allanon describes Bremen's mistake with who he gave the Sword to. Its power is potent only when it is believed, for it is ...
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What is the reading order of Shannara series?

I've gotten several recommendations to read the Shannara books by Terry Brooks in the past, but now that I look on Wikipedia, I've found that the books make up several different trilogies and ...
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