Name of Characters.

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Name of Characters.

Post#1 » Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:34 pm

Can anyone tell me whether a name can be a definite sex - male or female?

For instance, take the name of Evenstar, cannot a person be a male and the Evenstar of his people?

It was Earendil afterall who is referred to as the Evenstar.

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Post#2 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 5:27 am

It depends on what the name means. The ending -iel often means 'maiden', but not here. In this case Undómiel means evenstar, not even-maiden. I keep forgetting this, as I usually think of Arwen when I hear/see Undómiel and therefore see it is a feminine name.

It comes from Undómë, meaning twilight/evening, and -el, meaning star. (If I'm not horribly mistaken.)

Here is an nice article about elven names and how they are made.
Now We Have All Got Elvish Names
"Don't complain under the stars
about the lack of bright spots in you life."
Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian writer

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Post#3 » Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:59 pm

Thanks Amarie. It was very helpful thought I would have wanted others to put in their thoughts too.

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