A resposta Palavra de Deus (de um Reddit AMA recente) é que é pronunciada ' shanner-ruh ' (ʃănărŭ) com o acento mais strong na última sílaba.
Questioner : I know, now, that the correct pronunciation is "SHAN-ar-ah". How much does it irritate you when people refer to it as "shan-AR-ah"?
Terry Brooks : Hi Brent. How sneaky of you. No, I don't care much how people pronounce my names, so long as they can manage it.
Ele também fala um pouco mais detalhadamente em um recente Q + A
Terry Brooks replies: Here’s the thing, Bryan. I have deliberately avoided doing exactly what you are asking. Not that I haven’t been asked to do it over and over and not that I haven’t thought about it from time to time. But I adopted a hands-off policy early on in my writing career when it came to Shannara. I didn’t what a definitive vocabulary to facilitate pronunciation. I wanted readers to adopt their own way of saying names, which I think makes a book more personal to each reader. That’s why you never get a comprehensive description of characters and creatures. I want you to imagine them. I want you to be part of the process. If I put out a guide, it removes that element of the reading of the books.
Admittedly, in retrospect, I probably should have done something about “Shannara”, which no one has pronounced the way I do since the very beginning. I just thought everyone would say it like I do – SHAN-NA-RA. Isn’t it obvious?
Não adivinhe. Meu erro, mas eu ainda acho que vou deixar a criação de um vocabulário abrangente para outro tempo e lugar.
Você também pode ouvir a própria pronúncia do autor aqui: