Attention fans of Andre Norton.


Hello Kind Folks,

I have an idea for a new project but I need help.

The Idea – a pronunciation guide for names, places and other terms in Andre’s work.

I often get asked, how do you pronounce this name or that place. And truthfully, I have no idea. Generally my spelling sucks. And lets face it, a lot of names and places Andre used are hard to pronounce, especially in the Witch World Saga. For those of you who think I’m nuts or just plain stupid, you are just the person I need.

I would like to send out a list of names, places or things (even the ones I can pronounce) and get people to do the grammatical notation of said word. I still have to create a list but it wouldn’t take to long using all the glossaries I’ve collected and posted on the website over the years. Then I would go through those glossaries and add the grammatical info to it.

And so – I’m looking for volunteers to help with said project. I really want several people to help so I can see what multiple people think of each word.  You can sign up by emailing me at

Any and all help will be deeply appreciated. Again I’m looking for volunteers for I can’t afford to pay you. I can however give you credit on the website. 



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A comprehensive view of Andre Norton's Witch World

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Cat and the Other

 A Novella in the [Witch World Saga] by Marylois Dunn


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See Also: [Martinez ~ Glossary] [Martinez ~ Races] [Schlobin ~ Survey]

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[Updated: 09/21/2019]


Edition Used for Analysis:
[Tales of the Witch World 1] (1989) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-54757-8, 978-0-812-54757-3, $3.95, 343pg ~ cover by Victoria Poyser



Cat (very much a capital C) awakens from a nap on his favorite pillow in the window embrasure of the castle feeling a "presence" inside his body.  When he makes to move, in some agitation, the "presence" urges him not to show any sign of a change inside himself.  Turns out the Witch, to prevent a boy, Kharis, from persuading a Witch-Candidate from eloping with him, has cast a spell that took Kharis's spirit out of his body and cast it into one of the pigeons on the roof of the dove-cote just outside the window--she missed!  Cat and Kharis both agree that the boy's spirit needs to be returned to his own body, so they go upstairs to the Witch's chambers to consult with White Cat, who has lived with the Witch all her life, therefore MUST have picked up some knowledge of magic.  She has, and agrees to reverse the spell, if Cat can bring the pigeon holding the boy's spirit to the bedchamber where Witch and Lord of the Castle have placed the body.  Knowing he needn't catch a specific pigeon, Cat catches the one he thinks will be easiest to carry up the stairs to the tower.  While Cat holds the stunned pigeon on Kahris's chest, the White Cat casts an incantation and undoes the original spell.
NOTE:  I don't consider this truly a Witch World story; the Witches of Estcarp don't have this power.  Nor would a Witch be on such (implied) terms with the Lord. ~ SL


Timeline Points:

  1. Witches mentioned assume sometime before The Turning. If it were after, the witch's cat would have made sure the girl became a witch no matter what. If it is after The Turning, it would have to be a long time after when the Witches aren't desperate for new blood.


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