Poll: How Do You Pronounce ‘Shannara?’

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The Annotated Sword of Shannara

Fantasy is filled with strange names.

It’s part of the charm of the genre. It is far easier to get lost in a strange world if that world is all the different from our own. That includes names for places and people.

For many people, the first time they come to Terry’s work is by viewing one of those names: Shannara. It is in the very title of the book that a new reader picks up and handles for the first time. The creation of the name is lost to even Terry. But it is arguably the most important name in his work, having become not only the family name but the title of the overall series.

With the news a week ago concerning the possibility that The Elfstones of Shannara will be adapted into a television series by Sonar Entertainment, Farah Films, and MTV, it opens up some interesting dilemmas. One of those is pronunciations. If the show is green lit into production—and we all hope it will be—there are pronunciations to consider.

And ‘Shannara‘ is arguably the most important.

Today’s poll question is a simple one:

How do you pronounce Shannara?

I’ve only heard the name said two ways in my life. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways. I grew up reading the series, saying it how 95% of people say it. Then I met Terry and my mind was blown. He says it like one of the 5%! I have since changed over to how he pronounces it, figuring if it is good enough for the creator, it’s good enough for his webmaster!

Here are the poll options:

  • Shan (rhymes with can)-UH-RUH
  • Shuh-NAR (rhymes with car)-uh
  • Other


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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)!