Dayel Elessedil is a character in The Sword of Shannara. He is a Prince of the Elves, a cousin to King Eventine Elessedil, and the younger brother of Durin Elessedil.


Dayel and Durin left their hometown of Beleal in the Westland and joined Shea Ohmsford and Allanon's party in Culhaven, from where they left for Paranor. The Elessedil brothers brought their skills at archery and heightened Elven senses to the party. As the youngest in the party, Dayel was looked upon fondly by all the other men in the group.

When they failed to acquire the Sword of Shannara inside Paranor, Dayel and Durin planned to travel to Tyrsis, then to the Westland to bring the Elven army to the Callahorn to save the Borderlands.

However, after Dayel, Durin, and Balinor Buckhannah arrived at Tyrsis, the three of them were captured by Balinor's brother, Palance Buckhannah, and placed in an underground prison. They broke free with the help of Menion Leah, and Dayel and Durin nearly caught Stenmin in the following chase.

After the Third War of the Races, Dayel and his brother returned to Beleal, where Dayel was presumably reunited with his beloved, Lynliss.


Durin and Dayel

Durin is overpowered by Gnomes inside Paranor and Dayel comes to his rescue, swinging his ash long bow as a weapon. Painted by the Brothers Hildebrandt for the original edition of The Sword of Shannara.

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