Which words from your favorite novels do you most wish to know how to pronounce? Here are some names from favorite stories I wish I knew how to pronounce.
|Earning finding Starflower from Starflower|
It's comforting to know that sometimes the characters in stories mispronounce other character names by mistake or for humor. That's always fun. In Heartless, Una's brother deliberately calls Prince Aethelbald Prince Applebald (Aethel being a common part of a king's name in the Anglo-Saxon days, I believe).
2) Aravis from C.S. Lewis's The Horse and His Boy from THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA. Again, this girl's name isn't long or complicated, but still I want to know if I am pronouncing it rightly. Is it A-rav-iss or air-a-vis or ...? Either way, I'm convinced it sounds beautiful.
3) Prince Fyrian This is a favorite character from my first set of stories, which I will one day rewrite and publish. Is it sad that he's my character and I don't know how to pronounce the name? Sometimes to give a character a more exotic name, I'll make one up, sounding out different words until I come up with one I like. Then I try to find a spelling that matches what I'm saying. Other times, as in Fyrian's case, I look up Latin or French words to match some aspect of the character. Fyrian comes from looking up "fire"; it means "firing." But I imagine it sounding like "Syrian" with an "f" at the beginning instead of an "s", and not sounding like "fire" at all. At least, that is what I remember doing to find the word. I looked for it again and can't find it.
How do you feel about unique names in novels? Do you want to know how they are made up or what language they may have come from or what they mean? Which words do you want to know how to pronounce?