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


Houses of Witch World

Families from Witch World’s High Hallack

by Michael Martinez

The oldest great families of High Halleck are descended from noble houses that brought their followers from another world. Some of High Halleck’s great families, however, were founded either by adventurers who gathered followers to themselves or by younger sons of great families who settled new valleys. A few of the great families intermarried with members of the Old Race or other cultures.

Descendants of Truan and Almondia

refugees of Estcarp

House of       Truan = Almondia   Marshal of Horse

Ingaret             |                 | for Remard

   :           +----+------+         | of Dorn

   :           |           |d.       |

Brunisende =:= Elyn         Elys =:= Jervon

Heiress                        |

to Franklyn                 +-----+------+

of Edale                   |d.         |

                   Alon = Eydryth     Trevor

House of Ulmsdale




                     :           +---------------------+

                   Ulm*     Fortal of Paltendale     :

                     |           |                     :

                   Ulric* =:= Tephana =:= ?             :

                          |           |               :

               +-----------+           |               :

               |           |d.         |               :

Joisan =:= Kerovan*   Lisana       Hlymer         Rogear



   |                 |d.

Firdun = Aylinn   Hyana

* Denotes rightful lords of Ulmsdale.

House of Harb

Lords of Ithdale





   Alys =:= Randor* =:= ?

         |           +-------------------+

+-------+-----+                         |

|      |d.   |d.           House of   |

Cyart* Math Islaugha =:= ?   Rishdale [son]

                       |         :       |

             +--------+         :       |

             |       |         :       |d.

           Toross Yngilda =:= Elvan Joisan =:= Kerovan



                                         |         |d.

                             Aylinn = Firdun   Hyana

* Denotes rightful lords of Ithdale.

Lords of Seakeep Dale and Ravenfield Dale

The first Lord of Seakeep Dale obligated his family to pass its line only through daughters.


                 :                            :

                 :                   (Last hereditary lord

   (Hereditary Ladies of Seakeep)     of Ravenfield Dale)

                 |                             :

                 |                           (dau) =:= (???)

              (dau) =:= Harvard                         |

                     |                               (???)

   +--------+         |                                 |

   |d.     |         |d.                               Ogin

Adicia Ferrick =:= Una =:= Tarlach of the Falconers

Dame                       Lord of Ravenfield Dale


Linna Abbey



Families from Witch World’s Arvon

The great families of Arvon appear to be among the oldest of the noble houses of Witch World. It is not clear whether there are any direct ancient connections between the Arvonian great families and the Escorian great families.

Descendants of the Lady Eldris

of Car Do Prawn

 of the Redmantle Clan of Arvon


|                       |

Kardis*     ? =:=     Eldris   =:= Hyron

               |                 |           Thantop Lord

           +---+-----+           |   Freeza =:= Furlo

           |         |d.         |           | foster d.

         Erach*   Heroise     Herrel = Gillan of Estcarp

           |         |               |

       +----+----+     |               |

       |         |d.   | d.             |

     Maughus* Thaney Aylinn = Firdun Kethan = Uta

*Denotes Lords of Car Do Prawn of Redmantle Clan

Descendants of Truan and Almondia

refugees of Estcarp

House of       Truan = Almondia   Marshal of Horse

Ingaret             |                 | for Remard

   :           +----+------+         | of Dorn

   :          |           |d.       |

Brunisende =:= Elyn         Elys =:= Jervon

Heiress                         |

to Franklyn                 +-----+------+

of Edale                   |d.         |

                   Alon = Eydryth     Trevor




The genealogies presented on these pages are pieced together from information provided in the stories. The house names do not agree with the family names provided in the genealogical tables from The Warding of Witch World.

The House of Tregarth

             Simon Tregarth =:= Jaelithe



             |               |         |d.

Dahaun =:= Kyllan Orsya =:= Kemoc   Kaththea =:= Hilarion

       |                                     |

+----+-----+                               |

   |         |d.                             |

Keris     Flona               Eydryth =:= Alon


The Houses of Verlaine and Gorm

               Lords of Gorm


   Farthom           :

       |             :

     Fulk     ? =:= Hilder =:= Orna

       |d.       |         |

     Loyse =:= Koris     Uryan


         Simond =:= Trusla



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