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08-06-12 03:37 PM
Tawa
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Originally Posted by Vaz View Post
If someone came to me and said my name is martin andrew leonard for example, which literally means "warrior strong lionhearted", I wouldnt think any of those traits applied to him. Nor would I associate too closely with that.
My name can be loosely interpreted as God's generous twin......
So um, yeah I agree with not reading too much into things. Although regarding the Bretonnians, my Arthurian French was the first thing that popped into my head and never left
08-05-12 02:47 PM
Vaz
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Originally Posted by Tawa View Post
Precisely how I always imagined the Bretonnians. Kind of "French Arthurian's".
I've never gotten away from imagining them speaking English with outlandish French accents though.....


louen leoncoeur - litterally the lionhearted
gilles 'le' breton
l'anguille
guillaume
florin

But yeah. The names wouldbt mean something to anybody.

If someone came to me and said my name is martin andrew leonard for example, which literally means "warrior strong lionhearted", I wouldnt think any of those traits applied to him. Nor would I associate too closely with that.

Unless the integrity of the story relies on the pun of someones name, I dont think going too deep into the meaning is that good an idea, it detracts from the story.



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08-04-12 08:17 PM
Tawa
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Originally Posted by dragonkingofthestars View Post
great,, now i can't either.

"Come closer and i shall TAUNT you again!"
*blows raspberry!*
08-04-12 09:41 AM
dragonkingofthestars
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Originally Posted by Tawa View Post
Precisely how I always imagined the Bretonnians. Kind of "French Arthurian's".
I've never gotten away from imagining them speaking English with outlandish French accents though.....
great,, now i can't either.

"Come closer and i shall TAUNT you again!"
08-04-12 09:38 AM
The_Werewolf_Arngeirr yup, most names have a translation. just to use a name everyone would know, Adolf, which was a contracted form of Adalwulf, which translates into Noble Wolf. Despite the name most infamously known for a man who was the furthest from the name he was given.
08-04-12 08:39 AM
Tim/Steve Yeah, you don't translate names... you do translate titles and nicknames (sometimes).
08-03-12 11:04 PM
merp141
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Originally Posted by Big_Cheddars View Post
Hmm, so a name made up of German words, would just be translated into its actual word because if you were writing from the POV of a person in the Empire, they would be thinking/speaking in reikspiel, right?
To compare; the names Ian, Iain, Ianto, Eoin, Jean and Seán are all derived from the Hebrew name "John". One would not call Welshman, Scotsman, Irishman or Frenchman "John" in place of any of these names..

In addition many older Celtic names have translations. One would not call a "Bláthín" "little flower" when addressing her in English, nor "Dara" "strong Oak" nor a "Niamh" "bright/dazzling"...

Apologies if this has already been answered to your satisfaction!
08-03-12 10:41 PM
Tawa
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DO the breton speak french? there baised heavily on english arthurian legend with a large dollop of french noblity
Precisely how I always imagined the Bretonnians. Kind of "French Arthurian's".
I've never gotten away from imagining them speaking English with outlandish French accents though.....
08-03-12 09:09 PM
dragonkingofthestars
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YesBretonnians speak Breton (French)
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DO the breton speak french? there baised heavily on english arthurian legend with a large dollop of french noblity, is it a matter of the breton are both French and enlgish, or use a (to use) weird combination of english and french.

And that does not even bring up all the English loan words that have been picked up over the years, from the french, germans, and in this case, elves!
05-10-12 09:59 PM
Big_Cheddars Awesome, thanks for your help mate, my knowledge of lore is pretty good but the little details I'm not so sure on sometimes, so thanks +rep
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