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. 



Ully the Piper

~ A Short Story in the Witch World Saga by Andre Norton


Synopsis ~

In the years after the Invader's War, the small village of Coombfrome, which was always isolated at the best of times, seems to have been completely forgotten. Even their overlord, whoever he may be now, fails to collect taxes. When a trader passes through, it's an event. One such trader leaves a pipe behind, to be broken in the hands of the arrogant braggart who dominates the youngsters of the village. But Ully, crippled and confined to a cart, has a talent for mending broken things, and teaches himself to play the now patched-up pipe. Out of spite, the strutting bully who first broke the pipe one day sends Ully's cart out of control down a steep hill, to fetch up at the standing stones near the village. Where Ully finds that someone else might be interested in his music.


Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • High Sorcery (1970) Published by ACE, PB, 0-441-33701-, $0.60, 156pg ~ cover by Gray Morrow (Re-released in 2012)
  • Fantasy Stories (1994) Edited by Diana Wynne Jones, Published by Kingfisher, HC, 1-856-97233-X, £10.99, 256pg ~ UK printing ~ cover by Wayne Anderson

    7 • The Peasant and the Devil • [KHM (Kinder und Hausmärchen) • 189] • (unknown) • shortfiction by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm (trans. of Der Bauer und der Teufel 1843) [as by The Brothers Grimm ]
    9 • Boris Chernevsky's Hands • (1982) • shortstory by Jane Yolen
    20 • The Hobgoblin's Hat (excerpt from Finn Family Moomintroll) • (1950) • shortfiction by Tove Jansson
    31 • Ully the Piper • [Witch World Universe] • (1970) • shortstory by Andre Norton
    45 • Milo Conducts the Dawn (excerpt from The Phantom Tollbooth) • (1961) • shortfiction by Norton Juster
    52 • Who Goes Down This Dark Road? • (1979) • shortstory by Joan Aiken
    60 • The House of Harfang (excerpt from The Silver Chair) • (1953) • shortfiction by C. S. Lewis
    80 • Martha in the Witch's Power (excerpt from Hobberdy Dick) • (1955) • shortfiction by Katharine M. Briggs [as by K. M. Briggs ]
    96 • Prince Delightful and the Flameless Dragon • (1991) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
    116 • The Box of Delights (excerpt) • [Kay Harker] • (1935) • shortfiction by John Masefield
    123 • The Amazing Flight of the Gump (excerpt from The Land of Oz) • [Oz] • (1904) • shortfiction by L. Frank Baum
    137 • On The Great Wall • (1906) • shortstory by Rudyard Kipling
    156 • The Waking of the Kraken (excerpt from Which Witch?) • (1979) • shortfiction by Eva Ibbotson
    166 • The Caves in the Hills (excerpt from Henrietta's House) • (1968) • shortfiction by Elizabeth Goudge
    182 • Bigger than the Baker's Boy • (1902) • shortstory by E. Nesbit
    202 • Jermain and the Sorceress (excerpt from The Seven Towers) • (1984) • shortfiction by Patricia C. Wrede
    208 • Una and the Red Cross Knight • (unknown) • shortstory by Andrew Lang
    230 • What the Cat Told Me • (1994) • novelette by Diana Wynne Jones


  • Fantasy Stories (1994) Edited by Diana Wynne Jones, Published by Kingfisher US, TP, 1-856-97982-2, $6.95, 256pg ~ cover by Wayne Anderson
  • Fantasy Stories (1995) Edited by Diana Wynne Jones, Published by Kingfisher, PB, 1-856-97209-7, £4.99, 256pg ~ UK printing ~ cover by Wayne Anderson
  • Fantasy Stories (1998) Edited by Diana Wynne Jones, Published by Kingfisher, TP, 1-856-97209-7, £5.99, 256pg ~ UK printing ~ cover by Les Edwards
  • Fantasy Stories (2003) Edited by Diana Wynne Jones, Published by Kingfisher US, TP, 0-753-45637-0, $6.95, 256pg ~ cover by Les Edwards
  • Spellbound (2007) Edited by Diana Wynne Jones, Published by Roaring Brook Press, 0-753-46144-7, 280pg ~ cover by unknown


Non-English Editions ~

  • As Ully il pifferaio [Ully the piper] (1979) Published in Bologna, Italy; by Libra Editrice, Saturno. Collana di fantascienza n. 19, 2.500 lir, 186pg ~ translated by Roberta Rambelli ~ cover by Allison ~ Italian title Le terre degli incantesimi [The lands of spells]


See Also: Write-up in The Sorcerer's ConspectusWW: ss - Ully the Piper