That awkward moment when you are reduced to making anguished dinosaur noises at your phone because the tumblr app is giving you too many fandom emotions
First generation Finweans have fairly plain descriptive names even if they are all some variation of Finwe Junior (Curu/Nolo/Ara + Finwe)
Second gen Finweans start to branch out a little bit but you can still translate them (Aredhel = Ar + edhel, Maedhros… is a bad example, my theory is the Sindar smushed his names together and called it a day, but apart from that you can work out what the names mean pretty easily. Except Orodreth, seriously, what is your name dude?)
And then in the third gen it starts to get weird. Like, Idril and Maeglin and Celebrimbor can be translated but the names themselves are a bit odd (Turgon, you seriously called your daughter Sparkle. Seriously.) And then you get Gil-galad and Finduilas.
And yes yes of course Gil-galad is only one of his names, he has Ereinion and Artanaro as well if you want to get technical, but really? His parents just grabbed the words for star and light and put them together? They couldn’t even be bothered to turn it into something like Galavilion? (Well actually that is not much better, also this is not the way to make actual Sindarin names do not follow my example).
So there’s the absolute minimalist approach to names that gives us Gil-galad, and at the opposite end of the naming spectrum is Finduilas.
Now I adore the sound of this name, but hell if anyone knows what it actually means. I read one translation of it as ‘skilled blossom of joy’ (fin + tui + glas) and another as ‘river leaf hair’ (fin + duil + lasse).
So regardless as to why these kids actually got the names they did, would they get a hell of a lot of double takes and mispellings in Elvish society?
In short, they sound nice and maybe people didn’t say it to their faces, but did other Elves look at Gil-galad and Finduilas in the same way that we look at kids called Axel and Serenity Lightchild?
Awesome: when someone asks to translate your fic for the first time ever
Sad: you cannot speak the language and google translate is turning it into mush
“The machine-gunners’ dreams of point blank fire into serried masses of Emus were soon dissipated. The Emu command had evidently ordered guerrilla tactics, and its unwieldy army soon split up into innumerable small units that made use of the military equipment uneconomic. A crestfallen field force therefore withdrew from the combat area after about a month.”
Omg in the last two weeks one couple i know has got engaged and another just announced they’re having a baby which we’ve suspected for weeeks my heart is melting IS THIS WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO HAVE AN RL OTP