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#1 2016-03-24 13:35:50

Auros
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What's in a name?

I just happened to be reading an article that mentioned in passing that the Latin word for "drunkenness" is "temulentus".  Which made me wonder if Temuel is named in reference to that word, for some reason we don't yet understand.

Doloriel would pretty clearly be named for pain, sorrow, and regret (see "dolorous" in English, and "dolor" in Spanish).

I wonder how many of the other angels and demons have names that mean something that I haven't thought of yet?


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#2 2016-03-25 02:16:24

ylvs
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Re: What's in a name?

Cool finding, Auros.

And dolor is the Latin word, too. Via dolorosa / the walk of pain - what a fitting topic on Goodfriday.

And I am utterly sure that all the angels names can be translated from Latin. I'll ask father. He learned Latin for ages in school and is still quite good in it.


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#3 2016-03-25 02:48:26

Kenan
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Re: What's in a name?

An interesting topic Auros.

Well, as for Xathanatron, Thanatos was the personification of death in Greek myth.

ETA: And Freud used it as a word for "the instinct of death"

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#4 2016-03-25 10:37:43

Auros
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Re: What's in a name?

I don't remember Xathanatron... In Greek ξανθος (ksan'tos, xanthos) is "yellow". And Greek νίτρον (nitron) is salt, and gives us the English word natron, the preservative salt used in mummification.


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#5 2016-03-25 10:44:59

Kenan
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Re: What's in a name?

Xathanatron is a "principality", one of those angels that decide if a soul gets to go to heaven or hell. He appears pretty early in the books, and returns later.


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#6 2016-03-25 15:53:34

Auros
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Re: What's in a name?

Kenan wrote:

Xathanatron is a "principality", one of those angels that decide if a soul gets to go to heaven or hell. He appears pretty early in the books, and returns later.

That would fit with "death".  Not sure what the "xa" prefix would mean, though...


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#7 2016-03-25 16:48:40

Kenan
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Re: What's in a name?

Well, we could also disassemble the name in this way:

Xathan-(a)tron
Satan-(a)trone,
Satan of course meaning adversary
and a -trone is something that measures, a kind of scale, in this case measuring the good and evil in souls.


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