Poll: How Do You Pronounce Amberle?

“Amberle Elessedil” by artist David Cherry

Over the years, pronunciation has been an interesting aspect of Terry’s work.

Fans write in all of the time asking how to pronounce Terry’s names for characters, places, and the like. It’s never easy to answer these. Terry doesn’t believe in telling his fans how to pronounce anything. He feels quite strongly that once you have the book and it is open in front of you, you have to meet him half way and make some decisions on your own.

That said, with the news about The Elfstones of Shannara possibly being adapted for television, people will have a pronunciation spoken on television that may or may not line up with what they think.

So my poll this Friday is:

How do you pronounce Amberle?

There are two distinct ways that I’ve heard spoken by Terry and fans over the years. I’m curious what you say?

And since we have quite a few fans who are named after Amberle, I’d like them to comment below how their parents pronounced it.


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Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!