Words of Eldershire

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The Words of Eldershire are to aid you as you explore Eldershire and all of its inhabitants.

There is an internal language of the tree spirits that can only be understood by those who are of Elder decent. A common language is used among all beings of Eldershire to aid in communicating. This language is also known as English on Earth. The following listing of words are used in The Chronicles of Eldershire series and are provided to guide your understanding.

As the series grows, new words with their meanings will be added. The listing is a work in progress and is not extensive. If you have suggestions for words to include or would like more information about a particular word, share your thoughts by writing me at info [at] pamnewberry [dot] com.

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NOTE: Names are in blue bold-italics while other nouns (i.e., a class of people, places, or things) are black bold.

A through E

Drakein (syll. drake-in)—origin is Greek. The first type of Greek dragon was the Dracon whose name was derived from the Greek words “drakein” and “derkomai” meaning “to see clearly” or “gaze sharply.” The English word, dragon, is derived from drakein.

Elders—clan of Mother Elder and her descendants – King Elder, Queen Esmé, Princess Derryth and others. Derived from the Elder tree.

Eldershire—the place where one goes while learning his or her fate after death; the world of the Elders and other magical beings. For more details, see Where is the Land of Eldershire? located in the front of each book in the series.

F through J

Fraener (syll. fray-ner)—a variant form of Fafnir (Old Norse). An Old Norse myth name of a dwarf who transformed into a dragon, the symbol of greed. Also, called Fáfnir.

K through O

Mother Elder—associated closely with Celtic faerie lands, sacred to the goddesses Venus and Holle. The Myth is that of a spirit who inhabits the Elder tree, holds the power to work a variety of magics on Earth and in Eldershire; her skin, bark, and outer wood are strong and hard, offering protection against witches and the sap is the blood of life and the dwelling place of the spirit.

Nukpana (syll. nuk-pa-na)—origin is Native American and means evil one. A mythological hybrid and the offspring of the union between descendants of Anzû and Lilith with Drakein ancestry. Nukpana is a ‘Blender’—half witch and half Drakein. She can transform between one or the other at will. When angry, both come out of her.

P through Z

Snowquids (alt. Snowquidians, Snowquid)—the beings of the Land of Snowboro. They cherish life but realize everything is subject to change.

Treoraí (syll. tre-o-ray)—Irish for leader or navigator.

Yggdrasil (syll. ig-dra-sil)—in Norse mythology, Yaggdrasil is the holy Ash World Tree surrounded by nine worlds. It is said to connect the Underworld to Heaven with its branches and roots. From the symbol of the tree flows human awareness and consciousness.


Slang of Eldershire

Mossy – same as Wow

Sapling – young tree – young ‘un

Pollen – male

Ovary – female

Cute – clever

Bucko – lad, player

Bud – polite term when chatting

Ages – long time

Kerry – someone who will swear to anything

Ceili (Kaylee) – friendly call, like “Hey there,”

Pole – a tree without limbs – May Pole


Check back as new words are added. When series books are published, updates will be made to this concordance. Follow my blog for updates or sign up for email notifications (see side-bar to the right) for new posts.

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