CHOSEN 1 PART 4 - ALLANON VS PRINCE ARION - PLUS WE MEET THE DAGDA MOR - TSWP 006

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In this episode we finish our S01E01 Chosen P1 deep-dive. We see Allanon dismissing Prince Arion's skepticism, the history and now tension between Allanon and Eventine, Eretria's seductive powers (and Wil's apparent weakness), and we finish up by meeting the Dagda Mor.  

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Readers Note 1.
Arion Elessedil is portrayed in Elfstones as a self-absorbed, condescending, glory-chaser (my words not Terry Brooks’). So the Arion we find in The Shannara Chronicles appears to fit the mould.

We see Arion approaching Allanon sword drawn and demanding to know how he got into the throne room.
End Readers Note 1.

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Chosen 1 part 3 - introducing 'the Rover girl' Eretria, plus we meet our first Troll - TSWP 005

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In this episode we keep going with our S01E01 Chosen P1 deep-dive, developing our core characters (Wil Ohmsford, Amberle Elessedil and Ander Elessedil) as well as introducing fan-favourite 'the Rover girl' Eretria.

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Readers Note 1. in the Arborlon party scene Amberle is wearing a stunning dress and she looks as Lauren says Quote “Absolutely Amazing” Unquote - in ‘Elfstones of Shannara’ there is little reference to Amerble’s physical beauty, although she is often described as having youthful features. 
End Readers Note 1.

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Chosen 1 part 2 - introducing Wil Ohmsford, Flick Ohmsford and the Blue Elfstones of Shannara - TSWP 004

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In this episode we keep going with our S01E01 Chosen P1 deep-dive, introducing our male lead in The Shannara Chronicles 'Wil Ohmsford' and his 'famous' Uncle 'Flick Ohmsford'.

Readers Notes in this Episode.
Readers Note 1. in Terry Brooks’ “Armageddon’s Children” it is alluded to that the weaponry deployed during the Great War was so destructive in nature that the Earth’s surface itself was terraformed by the fighting.
End Readers Note 1.

Readers Note 2. in the Elfstones of Shannara we discover through Allanon that the (Blue) Elfstones must be given freely to another person if their power is to be called upon and utilised. It’s also important to note that Shey Ohmsford is Wil’s Grand Father in Elfstones of Shannara, and from the novel’s text we find they had a less troubled relationship than in The Shannara Chronicles.
End Readers Note 2.

Readers Note 3. in the Sword of Shannara we discover that Flick Ohmsford is depicted as a both skeptical and easily worried character, yet he has deep and unwavering concern for his family, and bravery born of stubborn-persistence. And we also find that Shey Ohmsford shared the same skepticism of magic and tales of evil as Wil now does.
End Readers Note 3.

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Chosen 1 part 1 - introducing The Four Lands, Amberle Elessedil, Eventine Elessedil and the Druid Allanon - TSWP 003

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In this episode we go through the first movement in 'The Shannara Chronicles' S01E01 'Chosen (1)'.

There will be SPOILERS! 

  • We find that the Four Lands is set somewhere familiar yet different.

  • We introduce Amberle Elessedil, Ander Elessedil and King Eventine Elessedil.

  • We learn about the formation of the Ellcrys, and the Demons that it holds back.

  • We meet one of author Terry Brooks' most enduring characters, the druid Allanon.

READERS NOTES for EPISODE 4:

Readers Note 1. 
..in this scene we see for the first time, the East bank of the “Rill Song River” and the “Elfitch” (a series of seven protective ramps and gates) that feature heavily in the battle scenes of ‘The Elfstones of Shannara’.
End Readers Note 1.

Readers Notes 2.
..in the ‘Elfstones of Shannara’ there is no reference to The Gauntlet (or any form of competitive race) being the method of selection for The Chosen.
End Readers Note 2.

Readers Note 3.
..during the final movement of 'Elfstones of Shannara' it is mentioned that The Chosen have traditionally been male Elves - but there is no concrete reason given for this. Beyond Druidic speculation.
End Readers Note 3.

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The Shannara Chronicles season 1 opening credits explained - TSWP 002

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In this episode we go through all the major movements in 'The Shannara Chronicles' Opening Credits incl. 

  • The choice of music and sound design.

  • Why Ruelle's "Until We Go Down" is a near perfect choice for Shannara.

  • We look at the fall of the Old World, The Great Wars, and the rise of the new races-of-man (humans, dwarves, gnomes and trolls).

  • We discuss the Griffin-esque statues that populate an entire scene and what they might mean for the show going forward.

  • We introduce two of the central themes in The Shannara Chronicles (1. the ongoing tension between the races of the Four Lands, and 2. the importance of [spoiler] The Ellcrys to our S1 story arc).

READERS NOTES for EPISODE 3:

Readers Note 1. 
"It is mentioned in the text of Terry Brooks’ ‘Armageddon’s Children’ and also in ‘the Sword of Shannara’ that the Great Wars lead to the destruction of the Old World and poisonedthe Earth for an age). [ from both texts we can infer that Nuclear weapons were deployed, and possibly even chemical & biological weapons were used]."

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