fidesquaerens (marta_bee) wrote,
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Tolkien on Names

This Tumblr post has me smiling. Basically it's about all the silly linguist-humor-but-making-us-mere-mortals-reach-for-our-notecards things Tolkien does. A sample:

2. Characters who Have Way Too Many Names

Examples include Aragorn son of Arathorn son of Arador heir of Isildur Elendil’s son, descendant of Numenor, Thorongill, Eagle of the Star, Dúnadan, Strider, Wingfoot, Longshanks, Elessar, Edhelharn, Elfstone, Estel (”Hope,”) The Chieftain of the Dúnedain, King of the West, High King of Gondor and Arnor, and Envinyatar the Renewer of the House of Telcontar

Wait I’m sorry did I say “examples” plural

Cuz that was all one guy


Check out the whole thing, it's really quite hilarious if you've made it to the other side of the head-thunking stage we all seem to go through.

Then come back and answer me two simple questions:

1) What are your favorite examples of this?
2) What the heck was JRRT thinking with all this?

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