After pouring over maps, drawings, accounts of travel, and several e-mails, I have so far been able to make some corralations between places in the stories and their possible contemporary locations. These are subject to some skepticism as I can't contact Brooks for confirmation...
The Breakline: Vancouver Island
Kierlak Desert: Peuget Sound
Kenesrowe Mnts.: Olympic Ntnl. Park
Arborlon: Near Seatle, Wa
Grimpen Ward: Near Aberdeen, Or.
Paranor: Mt. Renier
Arisburg: Eugene, Or.
Dechtera: Madras, Or.
Wayford: Bend, Or.
Rainbow lake: The Dalles, Or.
Culhaven: Arlington, Or.
- The Dome at Eldwist: Pengrowth Saddledome; Calgary, Alberta Canada
- This is perhaps the most spurious of my correlations. But as unlikely as it seems, it is the only old world city of size that has a sports dome situated both, next to a metropolitan downtown area with skyscrappers, and also in the general direction of the storyline.
Any claims I have made to fit the Places of Shannara to contemporary locations are the products of insomnia and far too much free time...