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Faster, faster! And without a backward glance, Jair Ohmsford fled into the night. Once before, Ohmsfords had fled the Vale under cover of night, pursued by black things that would harry them the length and breadth of the Four Lands. It had been more than seventy years now since Shea and Flick Ohmsford had slipped from their home at the Shady Vale inn, barely escaping the monstrous winged Skull Bearer sent by the Warlock Lord to destroy them.
Jair knew their story; barely older than he, they had fled all the way eastward to Culhaven and the Dwarves.
But Jair Ohmsford was no less able than they. He, too, had been raised in the Vale, and he knew something about surviving in unfamiliar country. As he fled through the forests of the Vale, carrying with him little more than the clothes on his back, the hunting knife in his belt that all Valemen wore, and the leather pouch with the Elfstones tucked within his tunic, he did so with confidence in his ability to make his way safely to his destination.
There was no panic in his flight; there was merely a keen sense of expectation. For just a moment, when he had stood within the kitchen of his home, hidden within the shadows of the great hearth, listening to the silence, knowing that only a room away there waited one of the Wraiths, and feeling the evil of the thing permeating even the air he breathed, there had been real fear.
But that was behind him, lost in the darkness that slipped steadily back into the past as he raced ahead, and now he was thinking with clarity and determination. The destination he had chosen in fleeing the Vale was Leah. It was a three-day journey, but one he had made before and so could make without danger of becoming lost. Moreover, help that could not be found in the Vale could be found in Leah.
Shady Vale was a small hamlet, its people illequipped to stand against the black walkers or their Gnome allies. But Leah was a city; the highlands were governed by monarchial rule and protected by a standing army. Only after a Gnome absconds with the Sword does Shea accept the responsibility thrust on him by fate. While the Sword of Shannara possesses the power to reveal Truth, Shea wonders how truth alone can defeat the Warlock Lord.
The answer lies in the nature of magic, which Allanon explains is illusion given substance by belief. This insight would be useless to Shea had he not already learned to trust himself.
Where he is able to look into himself and accept what he finds there, the Warlock Lord cannot. When Shea strikes with the Sword, the Warlock Lord is effectively destroyed by his own nonexistence.
Allanon remains an aloof figure, though it is evident that the Druid carries a heavy burden. We learn that Allanon is the son of Bremen, whose "shade" has survived in a kind of limbo. We will learn more of this debt—and the terms of its payment—in succeeding volumes. Long before the Great Wars, magical creatures dominated the Earth. Some revered life; others sought to destroy it.
In a war fought between these creatures, a spell of forbidding banished the evil forces to a limbo-like dimension. As long as the Ellcrys lived, tended by the Elves, the demons would remain banished. Now, after countless millennia, the Ellcrys is dying. The most powerful and evil demon, the Dagda Mor, has escaped, and soon all the demons will be free—unless a seed from the Ellcrys is bathed in the energies of the Bloodfire, permitting a new tree to grow.
The Wishsong of Shannara
The Elves, however, have lost the magic they once possessed. They know of no way to protect the seed or the seed-bearer-the Elven-girl Amberle-from the Dagda Mor. Worse, the whereabouts of the Bloodfire was lost in the Great Wars.
Not even the Ellcrys can point the way. Allanon appears at this moment of crisis, unchanged despite the passage of time. Again he turns to a descendent of Jerle Shannara: In possession of the Elfstones once carried by Shea, Wil must guide Amberle into the Wilderun, a haunted wilderness where the Bloodfire may be found. Like Sword, Elfstones is concerned with sacrifice and redemption.
But the focus sharpens and darkens as we learn more about the double-edged nature of magic and the mysterious figure of Allanon. Because Wil has less Elven blood than his grandfather, he cannot control the Elfstones; his human side blocks his access to the magic—or so he believes. Each time he makes use of the Stones, the magic changes him, and not always for the better, he feels. Only when forced to protect Amberle and the Rover Eretria from the Reaper does Wil learn to believe in himself.
Putting aside his selfish fears, he accepts the toll the Elfstones exact from him, and only then does he becomes a healer in the deepest sense of the word. In many ways Amberle resembles Shea. She is reluctant to accept a responsibility she has not freely chosen, and she rejects her position as one of the Chosen, preferring to teach children "to love and respect the world.
As Allanon tells her: The intimacy of their wordless union threatens her individuality. She recoils from the invasive touch of its branches, its mind. What Amberle truly fears, however, is the fearsome sacrifice required of her.
Amberle gradually comes to understand that only by embracing that sacrifice can she be true to herself. When, within the Bloodfire, she renounces her Elven life to become the next Ellcrys, she is following the very principle she sought to impress upon her students: By withholding information about the risks involved, Allanon demands more of Wil and Amberle than they know.
Yet the Druid demands as much of himself.
Steeped in the mystic arts, Allanon pays the heaviest price of all. As he tells the Elven prince Ander Elessedil: Something of what is lost can be recovered, but recovery is slow. And there is pain. Still, the Druid does not hold back or complain. Cut off from others by his power and knowledge, he acts selflessly nevertheless.
The changes wrought in Wil by the Elfstones have manifested themselves in Brin and her brother, Jair. The siblings possess a magical ability called the wishsong. Allanon tells Jair and Brin and their friend Rone Leah, great-grandson of Menion, about the Ildatch, a book of dark magic that corrupts whoever dares use it. It was the Ildatch that transformed Brona into the Warlock Lord. Only Brin can enter the Maelmord and destroy the Ildatch before its evil poisons the land forever.
Like her father and great-grandfather, Brin fears the power she wields and the price it may demand of her. But in the end she agrees to help Allanon, promising herself that she will never use the power of the wishsong to kill.
When Brin and Rone depart with Allanon for the Maelmord, the Mord Wraiths move quickly against Jair, who barely escapes with the Elfstones, only to be captured by Gnomes. An unusual friendship springs up between a Gnome tracker called Slanter and Jair, after he is rescued by the Weapons Master, Garet Jax.
The three agree to go to Culhaven, where Jair expects to find Allanon and Brin. There, Bremen tells Allanon that, "The age ends.
The circle is closed. To safeguard the ancient knowledge, Allanon destroys the fortress and all within. Allanon tries to prepare his companions for the future by speaking of the past. Knowing that Brona would return even after his defeat in the Second War of the Races, Bremen invested Allanon with the power to preserve his life through sorcerous sleep; then, through his son, Bremen bound his own spirit to the world.
Since that time, Bremen has existed in a prison of his own making, from which he will be released only when the Ildatch is destroyed. With the passing of the age, Allanon, too, will die. His only concern is for the future care of the Races of Man in his absence. Beside the waters of the Chard Rush, Allanon is attacked by a creature of insane and poisonous sorcery—the Jachyra. Although he kills the Jachyra, Allanon is mortally wounded. Brin must now rely solely on the wishsong.
She heals Rone with the magic. But an encounter with the ghastly Grimpond causes her to fear what she may become. Deciding that she must part company with Rone and her new friends—the old man Cogline, his granddaughter Kimber and the great cat Whisper—lest they come to harm because of her, Brin uses the wishsong to slip away.
Underlying her apparent altruism, however, is selfishness and fear, carefully shaped by the Ildatch. Her noblest instincts have been turned against her. As she enters the Maelmord, instead of using the wishsong to destroy the dark magic animating the forest, Brin joins with it and is drawn to a tower at the center of the jungle, where the Ildatch awaits her.
Not even Allanon had suspected the truth: Mixing truth and falsehood, the Ildatch assures Brin that it is not evil in itself, but has only been put to evil use. Though a part of her understands the truth, Brin has already been subverted by the dark magic she came to destroy.
Indomitable: The Epilogue to The Wishsong of Shannara
When she lashes out at him with the wishsong, Jair pits his illusions against her, trying in vain to break the hold of the Ildatch. Ultimately he realizes that he cannot hide behind illusion. Daring the dark magic, he embraces her, his touch awakening memories of who she is, his selfless love recalling her to herself.
Strong enough now to resist the Ildatch, she destroys it. Beside the waters of the Chard Rush, the shade of Allanon appears to Brin. The wheel of time had come round, and the age has ended. Why does Shea resist what Allanon reveals about the role of humanity in and after the First War of the Races? Is one version true and the other false? Is there an objective way to determine historical truth? Shea tells Allanon: Now there are none—small communities are the new rule of life.
Some things are better left alone by everyone. Why or why not? Do you agree or disagree with Shea? Does his statement express a common point of view in the United States today? Provide examples. According to Allanon, men today have forgotten the past; they know little of the present and less of the future.
It remained harmless until the Druid Brona found it in the halls of Paranor and began to read and unlock its terrible secrets. Brona was eventually subverted by the very power he sought to control and thus the Warlock Lord was born. Allanon thought that the dark book had been buried in the destruction of the Skull Kingdom after Shea triumphed over the Warlock Lord in The Sword of Shannara , but it soon became apparent that the survivors of the calamity recovered the book, and delved into its arcane knowledge.
The Beginning[ edit ] Allanon returned to the world due to the presence of a new evil, and once more he needed the aid of another generation of Ohmsfords. It is revealed that the Ildatch possessed a new generation of mortals, the Mord Wraiths, to pick up where the Warlock Lord left off.
From their stronghold in the Eastland, the Mord Wraiths enslaved many Gnomes and sent them against the Dwarves. Allanon needed Brin 's magic, the Wishsong, to enable him to enter the Maelmord, which is a living jungle that kills anyone who sets foot in it, and destroy the Ildatch. Helping her is Rone Leah , who is the great-grandson of Menion Leah. He wields the Sword of Leah , which is an "ordinary" sword until Allanon dips it into the waters of the Hadeshorn to help him to protect Brin.
Jair was left at home, despite his pleas to go with his older sister, but he ran north when Gnomes begin searching Shady Vale itself. Allanon explains that Jair's command of the Wishsong only lies in illusion, where Brin's command of the Wishsong lies in reality. Jair's Odyssey[ edit ] Jair was left at home to watch over the Ohmsford house and to inform his parents of what had transpired during Allanon's visit.
Not long after, however, he found himself in some trouble of his own when he stumbled across the gnome, Slanter, who was tracking the druid for the Mord Wraiths. After leaving Slanter unconscious and sneaking back into his house to retrieve the elfstones, hoping to defeat the Wraiths, he headed north to the Highlands.The tome coveted her power and wanted to use her body as a tool to wield its destruction.
Why does Allanon destroy Paranor? Fantasy Fiction An epilogue to The Wishsong of Shannara The time of the Shannara follows in the wake of an apocalypse that has destroyed the old world and very nearly annihilated its people as well.
Epilogue to the Wishsong of Shannara
How does the Ildatch seduce Brin? The wheel of time had come round, and the age has ended. How are they different from the other Races of Man? First, Kimber Boh takes Rone and Brin to visit the Grimpond, an ancient being, much like the wraiths of Bremen and Allanon but much more maligned.
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