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Rohan names

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Sep 11 2012, 4:24pm

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Rohan names Can't Post

I took on this lil project of a fan fiction wherein Common speech, Rohan etc have not been translated. This of course leaves us with Frodo being Maura, Sam being Ben, Merry being Kali and Pippin being Razar, the Adûni equivalent of Strider having gone past my character’s ears (because we don’t know the Adûni equivalent at all), and some ginormous trouble with rohirrim names. Because they are all translated. We only know that Théoden’s name is actually Tûrac, and Éowyn and Éomer’s names include either »lô» or »loh», ‘horse’.

Since Éowyn will be an important-ish character, I wanted to try to translate Éowyn’s name based on whatever info I can find. I happened to notice a similarity between the Adûni, Noldorin and Sindarin words for ‘joy’; »kali», »gyel» and »gell», respectively, and since older Adûnaic had no short E, I thought »gal» would make sense, if the word was borrowed from Sindarin or Noldorin.

Then there’s Adûnaic »aphan», ‘bliss’, which is also something I guess could be considered. Thus I have




However, it is very well possible that kali was borrowed into Adûni much after the separation of Adûnaic and the language of Rohan, in which case Rohan would not have it, and then I guess Lôphan would make more sense.

In no way am I a linguist and for a linguist this all would probably seem like utter nonsense, so like… If you know more than I do, share your knowledge. ;) Suggestions ideas whatever super-welcome!

(This post was edited by Altaira on Sep 11 2012, 5:03pm)

Noel Q. von Schneiffel

Sep 12 2012, 12:25pm

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I am sorry [In reply to] Can't Post

I do not want to let that thread go reply-less, but unfortunately, I cannot say anything scholarly because what you wrote already exceeds my own knowledge of untranslated Common Speech.

Let me make up for it by saying that those are some charming orcs on your tumblr page. And that's saying something, since I have a very deep and violent orc trauma because of all the years I've been stalked by my worst friend, the nasty orc Bqggz. Just yesterday he replaced my toothpaste with ground horseradish!

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Sep 12 2012, 3:24pm

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Why joy or bliss? [In reply to] Can't Post

Is there some mention in Tolkien of these concepts playing a role in the etymology of her name?


Sep 12 2012, 4:39pm

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I haven't got a clue! [In reply to] Can't Post

Which is no surprise to those who know me ;) BUT I'm fascinated with your project! Good for you!

Hang in there. It will all suddenly fall into place :)


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Sep 12 2012, 6:07pm

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I would say it's... [In reply to] Can't Post

... based on a translation of the Old English name Eowyn, considering OE eo(h) and so on. The author of The History of the Hobbit once pointed out

Eo = horse
wyn = joy

Hence Tolkien's belief that "Unwin", the name of his publisher, derived from
an old word for the devil (un + wyn) -- or so he told Rayner!

Quote is by John Rateliff (posted on elfling discussion group)

Also Sam's name should be Ban (for short anyway) rather than 'Ben' in the first post, although I'm guessing this was a mere typo.

(This post was edited by Elthir on Sep 12 2012, 6:14pm)

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Sep 12 2012, 6:58pm

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... [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
Also Sam's name should be Ban (for short anyway) rather than 'Ben' in the first post, although I'm guessing this was a mere typo.

Oh snap. *facepalm* Aye, Ban, a short for (in this case) Banazîr. It wasn't a typo, but rather me just being absent-minded. Thanks for the correction!

Also thanks for the quote, I guess I should have mentioned I didn't just pull those elements out of the top of my head.

Thanks for the replies everybody!

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Oct 5 2012, 11:54am

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derp [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm back. So I was thinking about how it was said in Two Towers that Rohan was, something along the lines of harder in sound than Adûni, and I started to think about what sounds the language would possibly include, then, and thought that purrhaps it wouldn't have sounds like f and th, at least. I also noticed that the only Rohan words we know (Tûrac, Lohtûr, Lôgrad, kûd-dûkan) don't have the letters I and E, and even though it probably doesn't mean anything, I and E are pronounced higher in the mouth, they sound, well, more, um, youthful, I guess, so I'm kind of thinking that maybe, just maybe, Rohan wouldn't even have those sounds. Old Adûnaic didn't have E, anyway, so I don't think it's all that long a stretch.

Also I'm kind of thinking that purrhaps Rohan wouldn't have an S sound. Just a thought and I'm not sure how much sense that would make, and what about Z, which is really common in Adûnaic (S is apparently really much less common, seems to mostly appear in sh and as the first letter of the word), but, like, derrrrrp. I want a sassy linguist friend.


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