Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Fantasy Character Names


Happy Tuesday everyone!  Welcome to the first Top Ten Tuesday now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week's topic is Best Character Names - and I'll be spotlighting some of my favorite fantasy names.

From The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore


Zaknafein


Jarlaxle


Guenhwyvar

From The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien


Eowyn


Faramir


Aragorn

From  A Song of Ice and Fire



Tyrion


Daenerys

From Discworld by Terry Pratchett


Vetinari

From Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas



Chaol


Do you like any of these names?  What are some of your favorite character names?  As always, thanks as always for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

68 comments:

  1. Fantasy novels do tend to have unique character names, which is great because I think the character then lingers longer in our minds. But on the other hand, sometimes I can't pronounce the names!! ;)

    Thanks for visiting Finding Wonderland, Lauren.

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    1. Figuring out how to pronounce them is the fun part! :)

      Thanks for coming over, Rissi.

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  2. I agree with Rissi, fantasy novels give such unique names. I enjoyed your list!

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog, Chrissi! :)

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  3. Aragorn is a good one, I've always liked that one. :) Eowyn as well, and Guenhwyvar.

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    1. Lord of the Rings has some fantastic names and Salvatore has some good ones as well. :)

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  4. I love Daenerys but I think it'smore due to her character than actually her name. As for your first 3 choices I dodn't even attempt to pronounce them:)

    My TTT: https://fantasyraiders.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/top-ten-tuesday-how-do-you-pronounce-it-names/#more-8421

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    1. I absolutely love both aspects. :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Oh, Tyrion and Daenerys are my favourite. Tyrion is easy to write but I always spell Daenerys wrong :P
    And I really hate sometimes how tough the fantasy names are. I can't even pronounce the first three names properly :(

    My TTT: http://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/05/ten-diverse-books-of-2018-on-my-tbr-with-character-names-in-the-title/

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    1. Oddly, enough I figured out how to say Dany's name right (according to how it's said in in the show), but I had trouble with Tyrion - I said (and still say regardless of the series) Tie-ree-un. I like the sound, and I like that it sounds similar to Tywin that way.

      Sometimes they can get pretty ridiculous but I love trying to figure it out. :)

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  6. Great list! I do love Eowyn - such a pretty name.

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  7. Your list is amazing!!! I think Daenerys is my favorite. Such a fierce name!! Love it!!

    https://readingwithjessica.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/top-ten-tuesday-best-character-names/

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    1. It totally fits her! :)

      Thanks for sharing, Jessica.

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  8. I love your list, even if I can't pronounce all of them!

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  9. Loved Aragorn and Eowyn, wonderful post. I saw a Terry Pratchett book at my thrift store but didn't pick it up, I thought it might have been a horror book so I left it there!!
    http://justmeandmyblogreviews.blogspot.com/2018/05/top-ten-tuesday.html

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    1. He has quite a variety, but I love Pratchett's Discworld. :)

      Thanks for sharing, Joann.

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  10. Oooh I love Eowyn too, forgot about her, and the rest of the LOTR apparently. :D Awesome list Lauren! :)

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    1. So many good names from that series. :)

      Thanks for coming over, Marina!

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  11. I always need help pronouncing names from Fantasy series. I didn't even know how to pronounce Hermione from Harry Potter at first. Sigh. My TTT Dickens Names

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    1. So how I actually knew how to say Hermione - my dad knew someone with that name when he was a kid and he told me! :)

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  12. I have to admit, much as I love fantasy novels, I can barely ever pronounce the characters names!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/top-ten-tuesday-160/

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    1. I know, but I think it's fun to try to figure it out. :)

      Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Bonus question, how do you say these names? Hehe!

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  14. I have series doubts that I am pronouncing the first three names on your list right. Love all three of those LOTR characters. Great list!

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    1. I've got my guesses anyway, but I like how I say them. :D

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  15. I have always wanted to name a cat Eowyn. 😺

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    1. I've considered naming cats that as well. :)

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  16. These are definitely great fantasy names, because I have no idea how to pronounce them. XD

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    1. That's a good sign that it's a fantasy name. :)

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  17. Eowyn and Faramir are good choices! I almost put them on my list. I did put Aragorn on mine. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday

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  18. Eowyn made this list but not Arwen ;)

    And how do you say a name like Guenhwyvar?

    Good list though.

    My list this week focused on Best Female Character Names. Check it out here: http://books.thetechchef.net/top-ten-tuesday-40-best-female-character-names/

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    1. Guenhwyvar is the old Welsh form of Guinevere, if that helps. There are a lot of pronunciation ideas thrown around the internet, but you are likely safe with Gwen-ih-var or Gwen-hwi-var I figure?

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  19. Some of these are real tongue twisters! XD I really love the LotR names, but my favorite would be Galadriel!

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    1. I really should have added her name. :)

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  20. Great names. LOTR has so many to choose from doesn’t it?

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  21. The names in Game of Thrones ate some of my favourites. I really like how each region has a certain style (like Tolkien too).

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  22. I love fantasy names, even if they can be a little tough to pronounce :) Love all the LotR and Got names, but especially Eowyn and Daenerys!

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  23. I cannot believe I forgot LOTR on my list (hangs head down in shame). Eowyn and Arwen would have been on it for sure. Maybe Merry and Pippin :)

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    1. I was close to adding Arwen, Merry, and Pippin - so many great picks for the series. :)

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  24. So many great names on your list. I love the ones from Lord of the Rings, especially Eowyn.

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  25. Such great names!! I LOVE Eowyn.

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  26. Oops, I just realized that I hadn't actually commented on this post like I thought I had...well, here goes! I love that you included R.A. Salvatore characters! When I was originally going to Best Character Names rather than nicknames, his characters were in the forefront of my mind.

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    1. I love his fantasy books - I haven't read many lately but I need to dive back in to his books. :)

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  27. Love all of your picks from Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. Those are favorites of mine as well ;)

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  28. Quite the mouthful some of them aren't they? lol

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  29. I like them all though I find the ones from the Dritz books the hardest to pronounce.

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  30. Your chosen character names are all so unique and pretty! <3

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  31. Daenerys is such a great name! I love so many of the names in the GoT series. Awesome list :D

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    1. There are so many great ones from that series. :)

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