Friday, October 14, 2016

Follow Friday - Ptolomey II Founded the Museum of Alexandria in 275 B.C.

It's Friday again, and this means it's time for Follow Friday. There has been a slight change to the format, as now there are two Follow Friday hosts blogs and a single Follow Friday Featured Blogger each week. To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
  1. Follow both of the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts (Parajunkee and Alison Can Read) and any one else you want to follow on the list.
  2. Follow the Featured Blogger of the week - Obsessed with Fairy Tales.
  3. Put your Blog name and URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments.
  5. Follow, follow, follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "Hi".
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the love . . . and the followers.
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!
  8. If you're new to the Follow Friday Hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!
And now for the Follow Friday Question: What are some of your favorite, hated, or memorable character names?

I dislike names that don't fit the world they appear in. For example, Tolkien created a world full of beautiful names all drawn from the various invented languages he created. The names are evocative and full of meaning: Aragorn, Legolas, Fingolfin, Feanor, Eowyn, Glorfindel, Galadriel, Sauron, Saruman, and on and on. But in the Lord of the Rings, when Frodo and his companions reach the town of Bree, the petty villain who shows up is named Bill. In the Hobbit, when Thorin, Bilbo, and the rest of the dwarves find a trio of trolls, the reader learns that the trolls are named Tom, Bert, and Bill. The appearance of these out of place names in the narrative is jarring.

I like names that show the author has thought about the issue in his books. For example, Michael Moorcock has names that recur, most notably the numerous variations on the name Jerry Cornelius, who shows up in stories under names such as Jerry Cornell, Jherek Carnelian, Jhary-a-Conel, Jermays, and Jehamia Cohnahlias. The hero of the Corum Chronicles is Corum Jhaelen Irsei, which is an anagram of Jeremiah Cornelius., and J'osui C'reln Reyr is an anagram of Jerry Cornelius. This pattern is repeated across most of Moorcock's books with respect to numerous characters who reappear in various guises under a variety of names.

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