Original Shannara Trilogy

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The Sword of Shannara Trology
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The cover of The Sword of Shannara Trilogy
Author Terry Brooks
Illustrator The Brothers Hildebrandt
Darrell K. Sweet
Cover artist The Brothers Hildebrandt
Darrell K. Sweet
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Ballantine Books
Del Rey Books
Published 1977 - 1985
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
No. of books 3

The Original Shannara Trilogy consists of the first three Shannara novels (The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara and The Wishsong of Shannara) by Terry Brooks. Though not originally written as a trilogy, the novels were published as The Sword of Shannara Trilogy by Del Rey; however, Terry Brooks' official website lists the books as The Original Shannara Trilogy.[1]

The Books[edit]

The Sword of Shannara[edit]

The first novel of The Original Shannara Trilogy chronicles the adventures of the brothers Shea and Flick Ohmsford in their quest to retrieve the Sword of Shannara to defeat the Warlock Lord who threatens the Four Lands.

The Elfstones of Shannara[edit]

The second novel of The Original Shannara Trilogy follows Shea's grandson, Wil Ohmsford as he aids the endangered Elven nation, helping it survive a horde of demons coming through from their sealed off dimension, the Forbidding. The rift is eventually closed when the magic tree that guards it, the Ellcrys, is renewed.

The Wishsong of Shannara[edit]

The final novel of The Original Shannara Trilogy details the quest of Jair and Brin Ohmsford, the children of Wil, to save the Four Lands from the evil magic within a tome called the Ildatch.

Characters who appear in multiple books[edit]

Few characters appear in more than one novel in the trilogy, though many references to previous characters are evident. Those who appear in multiple books include:


  1. ^ Speakman, Shawn (2008). "Terry Brooks' official website". Archived from the original on 2008-05-26. Retrieved 2008-05-29. [dead link]