Confessions of an Amateur Philologist and Other Sins

Those that know me well know that I was taken at an early age by a love of languages inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien. I will never claim to be his equal in philology, but I do love playing around with words and invented languages. Of course such things need worlds to go with them or they are just dead phonemes lying around in large clumps, so I play with sub-creation of fictional worlds and civilizations as well. All of this means nothing in particular, except that I really do need a life. Who else would worry about the proper meaning of the name of an invented fantasy character, whether it is Isembrand Took, Arondur, Indor Idhrennion, or even the redoubtable and jaw-cracking Christian Gottreich Alexander Graf Falke von Falkenhorst?

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