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. 



The Sorcerer's Conspectus:

A comprehensive view of Andre Norton's Witch World

by Four Sorcerers ~ Elwher, Metaldragon, Indagare & Lotsawatts


La Verdad: The Magic Sword

A Novella in the [Witch World Saga] by A. R. Major


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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 2] (1989) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-54757-8, 978-0-812-54757-3, $3.95, 343pg ~ cover by Victoria Poyser



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Timeline Points:

  1. This must be sometime after The Toads of Grimmerdale/Changeling and We the Women because the Toads' circle seems to be destroyed entirely in this story.
  2. Dames in Arvon? Since when? The Dames are an order of Daleswomen dedicated to veneration of the Flame which was brought into High Hallack by the Bards. (see: Horn Crown) They are a contemplative order who generally eschew the use of magic and it's only a rare few like Dame Math or Past-Abbess Malwinna who have such gifts/learning. Are these "Dames of Abbey Halstead" a previously unheard of magical order of women of Arvon whose flame symbol represents "the Change" mentioned in Peacock Eyes?
  3. p139. Abbey Halstead appears to be on the south-east border of Arvon and there is a cove "below" the abbey. (Possibly somewhere near Quayth?) In The Jargoon Pard it's mentioned that the people of Arvon hadn't seen the sea since they left the Dales which implies that Arvon is inland and there is at least a coastal mountain range blocking access to the coast. Eudora's father was a Sulcarman and her mother a novice at the Abbey. Since when did the Sulcar have contact with Arvon?


Sorcerer's Note:
There are so many things wrong with this story it may have to be declared non-canon.


The Sorcerer’s recommend that you read next: Darkness Over Mirhold

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