Friday, March 5, 2010
An article on the allusions underlying the names of all the characters allied to the Shadow, Names of the Shadow, is now published on the Thirteenth Depository. It dovetails in with the regular Character Names articles series (where I am up to the letter I). The Forsaken's names, with their references to demons, devils, monsters, and gods, are there of course, plus their various aliases, which are usually more innocuous, but hint at knowledge that genuine Third Agers would not know.
I've also looked at the names of the Shadowspawn including the Trolloc clans.
The names of the Black Ajah and Ashaman and Darkfriends are sometimes merely derived from surnames or place names, but some, such as Ryne Venamar (venom + mar) refer to the evil they cause.
My favourites? Moridin, M'Hael, Maisia and Jaichim Carridin, I guess.
Posted by Linda at 5:22 AM