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07 March 2010 @ 08:28 pm
Understanding Athelind's ... name.  
It's actually spelled Æþelind, and pronounced with a long "A".

It means "noble serpent" in Old English, and I've discovered, to my surprise, that a very similar name was actually used historically.

Originally, I spelled it "Æthelind" when writing by hand, but "Aethelind" just looked wrong when typing. I think one of my early BBS hang-outs or e-mail providers had a maximum of eight letters—which is particularly amusing in this day and age, when 6 to 8 alphanumerics is often a minimum.

If I actually have proper Unicode access, of course, then "AE Ligature-Thorn-E-L-I-N-D" is eight letters, but I'm not going to fight with log-in screens and Old English characters.

Araquan Skytraceraraquan on March 8th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
Yay thorns.
Tubetoob on March 8th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Do you vary it from Old English pronunciation, then?

The æ -- or "ash" -- was (at our best guess) pronounced like, well, like the a in "ash." Is that what you mean by long a? Or do you mean like the a in cake?
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on March 8th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
I like cæke.
Tube: bleargh!toob on March 8th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, GROSS. In Old English pronunciation, that would be pronounced... um... it's gross. ;)
Your Obedient Serpent: facepalmathelind on March 8th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Moving RIGHT along ... .
one in a billionsiege on March 8th, 2010 07:14 am (UTC)
Cool. But you linked to the same spot as the previous article, it might appear.
Your Obedient Serpent: facepalmathelind on March 8th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)