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


Races of Witch World


Karstenians are one-time allies of the Old Race who turned on them due to Kolder manipulation. Their origins are unknown, except for the fact that they come from over seas "ten generations" ago.

Appearance: Fulk of Verlain is described as having red-gold hair, Hunnold's looks are described as foxy with hair colour to match, and Yvain has a sandier look of the same colors but whether this is true of all of Karsten blood is not mentioned. Loyse is described as having very pale blond hair, almost white. (See: Witch World) In Ciara's Song and The Duke's Ballad brown or hazel eyes seem to be common.

Living Area(s): Karsten

Life Span: The exact life span of Karstenians is not mentioned, but they have been in Karsten for some ten generations.

Power: Karstenians do not seem to have Power on their own. They do have a unique religion in the Temple of Fortune- a Brotherhood led by the obese "Reverend Voice" Siric. He wears yellow robes and has a servant priest.

Other: Karsten was thrown into turmoil after the Turning. They have an "old nobility" which may trace their lineage back to the first ships to arrive in Karsten or perhaps even older. It's important to them, as they consider mercenaries like Yvian as upstarts and this class division created much tension in the country that is explored in the Witch World, Web of the Witch World, Ciara's Song, and The Duke's Ballad.

Sorcerer's Notes:
It is possible the Karstenians are related to the Dalesfolk of High Hallack (and the people of Gorm?). They have axe-marriages like those in the Dales do. There is so little mentioned in most books about their overall culture, except in Ciara's Song and The Duke's Ballad, that it's really hard to know. In those two books the ties to the Dales culture is strengthened. It seems strange that a great deal of time is spent in Karsten in the early books, yet so little is really mentioned about those living there.


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Formatted and Edited by Jay Watts ~ April, 2019

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