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Old 02-04-2005, 02:43 PM   #194
Mithalwen
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Originally Posted by Ainaserkewen
That's the problem, Mithalwen, how far do you read into a name? We know about the choice of names of other tribes of elves, how they would have more than one with various deep reasons for each, but with Legolas or any Moriquendi, how do we know whether or not those names really are supposed to mean anything or just sound cool like how a lot of people name their kids today, without thought to how they relate to their bearer.

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Well in HoME there is rather contradictory information - some names were chosen just because they sounded nice, "Father" names were usually similar to the father's own name, but "mother" names usually had significance because Eldarin mothers had great insight into their children's characters. In addition many elves were known by names the had been given or gave themselves so we would need to know what sort of name Legolas was before we could draw conclusions....
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