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The Language of Dorwinion?
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Sep 8, 6:18am

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

The name Halbrech seems too similar to such German and Old English names as Adalbert and (especially) Halbrecht to be completely coincidental, but that could be chalked up to the influence of the Northmen of Rhovanion on the people of Dorwinion. The other names that appear in-game could belong to an exotic Easterling culture despite their similarities to several names with Indo-European roots.

The hypothetical native language of the Men of Dorwinion might have been an ancestor of later Semitic or Arabian tongues. Such names as Herod and Hanna suggest as much. The question is how to best represent it in-game in terms of personal names, surnames and place names.

"Change is inevitable. Growth is optional." - DRWolf (after John C. Maxwell)

(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Sep 8, 6:19am)


Sep 8, 11:04am

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just possibly, use Magyar (Hungarian). Geographically it fits, and you have the added bonus of a remote kinship to Quenya! And Hungary really does produce wine.


Oct 9, 7:14pm

Post #28 of 28 (207 views)
Could the Dorwinions be connected to the Romani? [In reply to] Can't Post

I've considered yet another possibility for the descendants of the Dorwinions, the Romani. The description seems to fit: Dusky, dark-eyed, favoring brightly colored clothes. As such, I've decided to chiefly use Romani personal names to represent the folk of Dorwinion (Halbrech the Wine-seller might be atypical and may have been named for a Northman):

Male: Babik, Bendigo, Biréli, Camlo, Danior, Django, Donani, Durriken, Durril, Fennix, Glympton, Harod, Hedji, Ithal, Kaven, Kem, Kennick, Kiandre, Ladin, Lel, Lennor, Lumas, Maggonas, Mairik, Maloney, Meriful, Merripen, Motshan, Patrin, Romani, Rukeli, Ruslo, Saban, Senbee, Shandras, Stabeli, Stochelo, Tawni, Terrangi, Timbo, Tobar, Vano, Yoben, Zindelo, Ziroli.

Female: Aishe, Alafare, Alderaife, Alduna, Arauna, Charani, Corauni, Daiena, Delata, Ehra, Eldra, Ellarada, Essea, Gillie, Grauni, Gravalina, Gwina, Hanna, Jeta, Jevria, Keomi, Kisaiya, Lala, Lela, Lennor, Lillai, Lolli, Malina, Maloney, Manishie, Marenda, Masilda, Mezelly, Minditsi, Mireli, Mirigli, Miselda, Mizella, Monisha, Nareli, Olovina, Saiera, Saiforela, Sanspirela, Selesia, Syeira, Tasarla, Tawni, Tutela, Una, Vadoma.

"Change is inevitable. Growth is optional." - DRWolf (after John C. Maxwell)

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