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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Say My Name, Say My Name

Via the Flea, who is hopping over The Hobbit, I find that my hobbit name is: Daisy Sackville-Baggins. I assume that would be Daisy Mae of the low-rent branch of the Sackville-Bagginses, who live in that awful caravan park near Rushock Bog. They always have discarded ale casks and broken wheels piled up around their wagons. Disgraceful!

I have an elvish name, too: Idril Ringëril. Much prettier, but it sounds like two drug names ("Ask your doctor if Ringëril is right for you").

Now, see, here I was thinking, Hmmm, did elves have two names? I thought it was just one. And comes the answer, from the FAQ page:

Q: Didn't you know that in the Tolkein-verse Elves don't have two names? I mean sometimes they do, but you've mixed up the Quenya and Sindarin dialects and besides I'm somewhat sure the author specified that a diaresis always occurs in an elven word that ends with the letter 'e'...(trails off)

A: Ah. I see. Yes, yes. I understand. How ...good... of you to catch that. *backs away slowly, dials police*

Oh, no, really. No need. I'm going now.

(And it's Tolkien -- i before e. Barbarian!)