Trienko (Artaq) with Manu Bennett (Allanon)

Trienko (Artaq) with Manu Bennett (Allanon)

“There are others…” Ander suggested hesitantly, but Allanon was already shaking his head no.

“This horse will do. What is his name?”

“Artaq,” the Elven Prince replied.

Allanon studied the horse carefully for a time, then lifted the stall latch and stepped inside. Ander moved over to watch. The Druid stood quietly before the big black, then lifted his hand in invitation. To Ander’s surprise, Artaq came over. Allanon stroked the satin neck slowly, gently, and he bent forward to whisper in the horse’s ear. Then he fitted a halter to the black and led him from his stall down the walkway to where the tack was stored. Ander shook his head and followed after. The Druid selected a saddle and bridle and strapped them snugly in place after removing the halter. With a final word of encouragement, he swung up upon the horse’s back.

Ander held his breath. Slowly Allanon walked the black down one row of stalls and back along the other. Artaq was obedient and responsive; there would be no games played with this man.

—From the novel The Elfstones of Shannara

The role of Artaq has been cast in Shannara!

Actor Manu Bennett, who is playing the role of the Druid Allanon, has begun working with Trienko, a big black, to prepare. This is what Manu had to say on his Facebook page HERE:

Introducing “Trienko” my Shannara co-star for the upcoming season & possibly beyond…

Of course, Shannara readers know the horse to be Artaq, Allanon’s trusty if ill-tempered steed that carries the Druid across the Four Lands and back.

More news when it can be posted!

Enter the Four Lands!

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