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Post#1 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

But I guess some of them just came from his imagination. :D Like Tom Bombadil, where would that come from?
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Post#2 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

One of the ways Tolkien named characters, particularly elven ones, was to use Sindarin (the elven language, which he actually created) derivatives. For instance, Glorfindel means Golden Hair, Galadriel = Lady of Light, Feanor = Spirit of Fire, etc.

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Post#3 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Gamgee is a kind of Cotton used for livestock, etc. and is named for it's inventor: Samuel Gamgee (who was a local well-known in Tolkiens home country/county)- so you can guess where he got at least one Hobbit's name from...

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Post#4 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

he borrowed a bunch from Norse mythology, too...Gandalf, for example, and also a lot of the dwarf names.

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Post#5 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Actually, Tom's quite a common name in Britain, Tom. :P:

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Post#6 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

In the preface to "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" it says it's from Buckland, Shire so... :)

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Post#7 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

:P:
All right, all right, but where does Bombadil come from? :cool:
And Saruman? And Sauron? And names like Ungoliant or Gimli? :smoke:
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Post#8 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Sauron is Quenya - 'the Abhorred'...Saruman is old English, meaning 'skillful man'

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Post#9 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

Actually, he modified some names, for instance, Eonwe, the herald of Manwe, was first called Fionwe, and was his son!
The name of Earendi is not invented by Tolkien, it comes form a real old verse, and it is a name of an angel - and at the same time the name of Morning/Evening Star. Earendel (such was the spelling) is told to be "the brightest of angels", "engla beorthnost". Ane the name "Middle-Earth" also appears in the same verse!

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Post#10 » Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am

But all these names that come from Sindarin or Quenya, those are languages Tolkien made up himself, right? So he still had to make them up, and give them a meaning. :duck:
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