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Changing similar-sounding names

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Jan 31, 11:22am

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Changing similar-sounding names Can't Post

Question: Assuming that both Aldarion and Anarion are going to appear in the show, are the showrunners going to be inclined to change one of their names in order not to cause confusion for the average viewer (the same question applies to other similar names)? If they decide to change one, who is it going to be? And what do they change it to?
(I'm aware that no one said anything about either or both of these characters appearing in the show.)

(This post was edited by MerlinEngine on Jan 31, 11:23am)


Jan 31, 2:21pm

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names and short attention span [In reply to] Can't Post

For me the case of changing names for characters so to not confuse them with another character with similar sounding name always seemed weird, prime example being Game of Thrones changing name of character in books named Asha (Greyjoy) to Yarra just because there was another character named Osha (wildling woman), but consider this: Saruman and Sauron sound similar and thank goodness the movies did not try that trick :)...that is PJ's movies, the old animated Lotr of Bakshi couldn't really decide whether to name Saruman Saruman or...Aruman ;). I would prefer if they never do that and truth be told the names of Second Age characters are so varied in canon that if they would really use the canon characters there would be no need, it's the names of invented characters that I would worry about, those sort of things usually stick out like sore thumb.


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