Thinking aloud about exotic names

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Thinking aloud about exotic names

Post by willpell » Sat May 26, 2018 5:10 pm

Tekumel? Talislanta? Glorantha? ...They sound like they overlap a bit, don't they?

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Re: Thinking aloud about exotic names

Post by Havard » Sat May 26, 2018 5:39 pm

Perhaps reflecting the time when those settings were created?

One thing worth mentioning is that Professor MAR Barker not only created Tekumel, but also created languages for his world similar to what Tolkien did. I don't know the details, but I suspect the name of the setting means something in Tsoylani.


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Re: Thinking aloud about exotic names

Post by Sturm » Mon May 28, 2018 11:24 am

Tekumel is probably as Havard says.
It would be interesting to know how Glorantha and Talislanta names were created.
Anth is often a prefix coming from the greek Anthropos, which means Man.
In Italian Anta is also a suffix for all the tens from fourty to ninety, but I doubt this could be related.

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Re: Thinking aloud about exotic names

Post by Havard » Mon May 28, 2018 5:34 pm

Glorantha was created by Greg Stafford in the 60s, but did not become an RPG setting untill the publication of RuneQuest in 1978. AFAIK, Stafford did not have the language expertise of Tolkien or MAR Barker, and the setting is not void of silly names, but my impression is that it fares better than many of the early D&D settings. Stafford's main interests seem to have been anthropology and mythology so those elements would be the strengths of that setting IMO. The name Glorantha is pretty solid as far as setting names though.

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Re: Thinking aloud about exotic names

Post by Sturm » Tue May 29, 2018 9:44 am

Yes Atlantis makes sense indeed, Glorantha too could have been named for assonance with it maybe.

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Re: Thinking aloud about exotic names

Post by Dragon Turtle » Tue May 29, 2018 7:41 pm

Discussion of the name Talislanta has been split into a new topic here: viewtopic.php?f=61&t=19825

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Re: Thinking aloud about exotic names

Post by willpell » Tue May 29, 2018 8:39 pm

Dragon Turtle wrote:
Tue May 29, 2018 7:41 pm
Discussion of the name Talislanta has been split into a new topic here: viewtopic.php?f=61&t=19825

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Um...okay. Don't know why that one deserved to be split, while the other two remain together.

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