Shea Ohmsford


Part Human
Part Elf

Adoptive Father: Curzad Ohmsford
Adoptive Brother: Flick Ohmsford
Grandson: Wil Ohmsford

Shady Vale

Formerly Known As:
Aren Shea


Appeared In:
The Sword of Shannara

Mentioned In:
The Elfstones of Shannara
The Wishsong of Shannara
Dark Wraith of Shannara
The Scions of Shannara
The Druid of Shannara
The Talismans of Shannara
Jarka Ruus
The Skaar Invasion

Short Stories

Mentioned In:
Allanon’s Quest

Appeared In:
The Black Irix

The Shannara Chronicles

Played By:
Daniel Cowley
Jarred Blakiston (Before marriage)

Mentioned In:
Chosen Part 1
Chosen Part 2

Appeared In Flashbacks:

Appeared In:


Referred To In:
The World of Shannara

For other uses of Shea Ohmsford refer to Shea Ohmsford – Disambiguation Page
Shea Ohmsford was the adopted brother of Flick Ohmsford.


Slim countenance and slight build. His Elven heritage showed in his slightly pointed ears and pencil-like eyebrows that ran at a sharp angle from the bridge of his nose, rather than across the brow and the slimness of his nose and jaw. Tousled blond hair. Intelligent and honest face. Penetrating blue eyes.

Hard headed, pragmatic and raised in the tradition of a working man. Staunchly conservative, an advocate of the old ways.1The Sword of Shannara – p 77


His early years were a vague memory. He did not know where he was born, but some time after being adopted he was told he came from a small Westland community. He could remember almost nothing of his father, his mother kept him there until he was five and she fell ill. Knowing she was dying she brought him back to Shady Vale, dying soon after they came back. The only family she had left were the Ohmsfords, distant cousins. Shea became part of the family and he and Flick grew up as brothers, both bearing the name Ohmsford. The Ohmsfords became the only family that meant anything to him.

The Sword of Shannara

When Allanon arrived in Shady Vale he revealed to Shea and Flick about Shea’s origins. He was actually a half son of the House of Shannara – far removed from the direct line of descent. Allanon knew Shea as a child, before he came to the Ohmsfords. By this time he was the only descendant still living; with the rest being Elves they were easily found by the Warlock Lord and destroyed. Allanon knew the Warlock Lord would eventually find out about Shea and send someone after him.

The Black Irix

Over a year after The Sword of Shannara, Shea was only just beginning to sleep through the night. Nightmares would startle him awake and leave him unable to sleep afterwards. The dreams drained him, he lost weight, colour and spirit. Lacked energy to work at the Inn and the will to do anything else.

The Elfstones of Shannara

Shea had intended to visit his grandson in Storlock but fell ill. Flick went in his place.2The Elfstones of Shannara – pp 77-78

The Shannara Chronicles

Chosen Part 1

When Heady handed the Blue Elfstones over to Wil, she said Shea was a good man. He was the previous owner of the Elfstones and believed in them.

  • 1
    The Sword of Shannara – p 77
  • 2
    The Elfstones of Shannara – pp 77-78