Original Shannara Trilogy
The cover of The Sword of Shannara Trilogy
|Illustrator||The Brothers Hildebrandt
Darrell K. Sweet
|Cover artist||The Brothers Hildebrandt
Darrell K. Sweet
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.
The Sword of Shannara
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
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
Characters who appear in multiple books
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:
- Allanon (All three)
- Eventine Elessedil (Sword and Elfstones)
- Flick Ohmsford (Sword and Elfstones)
- Wil Ohmsford (Elfstones and Wishsong)
- Eretria (Elfstones and Wishsong)
- The King of the Silver River (All three)