Well, it's done. It took a long
time and lots of hard work (most of it not from me), but the Quenya
Name Generator is now AUTOMATIC. No more messing around with
tables and using your own brain like a sucker. Now all you have
to do is click on fun little radio buttons and Pixellated Fëanor
does the work for you!* How great is that?
*Standard disclaimer: Pixellated Fëanor is a union
employee and his contract does not require him to do all the
work. Some thinking on the part of the generator user is still
This is the easy part. Scroll down a bit, and you'll see a frame
full of words and buttons. Just like the old generator, you're
going to pick two words: one from each column. Just like magic,
they will appear on the right side of your screen! You'll be able
to get a preliminary idea of how the words sound together.
Remember that you always get your best results by choosing two words
that aren't too similar.
Once you've chosen your words, Ask Pixellated Fëanor how they go
together to form a name. Frequently, words will fit together
as-is with no adjustment required. But if there is an adjustment,
the razor-sharp brain of Pixellated Fëanor will do it for you
!** Or, at the
very least, tell you that you screwed up beyond help.
**Standard disclaimer: Pixellated Fëanor is a
cheap digital semblance of the original Fëanor, whose consulting
fees are far beyond the scope of this lowly name generator.
Because he is the illegitimate lovechild of a WinXP machine and
Elrohir's Super Nintendo, he is unable to do anything but follow the
instructions written into his programming. This sometimes leads
to errors. Deal with it.
Making Masculine and Feminine
My word! The guesswork has been taken out of this, too!
Well, almost. Despite our best intentions, it is still possibly
to make feminine names on the masculine setting and vice versa. The
settings merely filter out gender-specific words and mess around with
suffixes. You still need to decide for yourself whether a name
sounds masculine or feminine.
Male Names: English Male Names: Quenya Female Names: English Female Names: Quenya
So now you have your name! Keep thinking about it, because
you're not finished yet. Here are a few things that Pixellated
Fëanor is too lazy to check for:
This is an
important one. Pixellated Fëanor can't count. Nor can
he read. He is a GIF. GIFs are not good at math, and they
are worse at English. Count the syllables in your name. Are
there more than four? It's too long. Quenya names can be
two (Indis), three (Elenwë) or four (Findaráto) syllables
long. Five is pushing it. Shorter is better.
Further on the
topic of Pixellated Fëanor not being able to read, he won't be
able to tell when there are too many accents crowded together in a
name. Something like Cúlúno might seem fine to him,
but you know it looks stupid. Drop one of those acutes.
Which one is up to you and how you want the name to be
pronounced. Two acute accents separated by another syllable,
though, would be fine. Yárolótë works. And remember:
ë or ö doesn't count as an accent. One of these can sit
alongside an acute no problem.
do not like repetition. For obvious reasons, I won't say that
again. But they don't like having the same syllable twice in a
row. When this happens, the two samey syllables magically meld
into one. For example, a name like Coivava
nimon will simplify
down to Coiva
And wouldn't you know, but similar syllables can do the same thing: Nyellela
urë simplifies to
Repeated similar syllables don't have to simplify if the name sounds
alright with the two as they are, but they can do so to help out with
sound, pronunciation, or length.
sound stupid? If so, it's wrong. Elves do not want
stupid-sounding names. If it's funny-sounding, weird, hard to
pronounce, or awkward, even if Pixellated Fëanor says it's fine,
take a pass and try again. Pixellated Fëanor can adjust
vowels, pick out common errors, and smite impossible combinations, but
he has no common sense. Only you can
properly name your Elf.
How to Pronounce the Names (that is, which syllable is stressed)
Generally (and by generally I mean about half the time), the stress
falls on the second-last syllable. Two-syllable names, such as
Nerwen, are always the easiest, because the stress is always on the
first syllable. NER-wen.
four-syllable names are a bit trickier.
If the second-last
syllable contains an accented vowel (á, é, í,
ó, ú), then it will be stressed, as in "Findekáno"
: fin-de-KÁ-no. Also, if
the second-last syllable contains a diphthong or a consonant cluster,
will be stressed, as in "Laurefindil" or "Korollairë":
lau-re-FIN-dil , ko-rol-LAI-rë.
If the second-last syllable has only one unaccented
vowel followed by one or no consonants, it is a weak syllable and
cannot be stressed. The word "Teleri" has an unaccented "e"
followed by a single "r". In this case, the stress is shifted
back to the third-last syllable, and the pronunciation is
TE-le-ri. The same goes for "Amárië", in which the
second-last syllable, the "i", has no consonant cluster following
it. The pronunciation is therefore a-MÁ-ri-ë.
Note that the "i" and "ë" here are two separate syllables.
An "e" with the little dealies above it is always sounded, not blended
into a diphthong. So though the name might look similar to the
English "Marie", it really is pronounced a-MÁ-ri-ë
instead of A-ma-rie.
Some examples of second-last syllable
Elemmírë = el-em-MÍ-rë
(the "i" of "mí" is accented, so can receive the stress)
Ëarendil = e-a-REN-dil (there is a consonant
cluster of "nd" after the second-last syllable's "e", so the "e" can
Findaráto = fin-da-RÁ-to
Fëanáro = fe-a-NÁ-ro
Helcaraxë = hel-ca-RA-xë (the "x" here
counts as a consonant cluster, because it is spoken as two distinct
sounds and can be written as hel-ca-RAK-së)
examples of weak second-last
syllables with displaced third-last-syllable stress:
Altáriel = al-TÁ-ri-el (since there
is no vowel cluster after the "i", the "ri" is weak and the stress
shifts to "tá")
Amárië = a-MÁ-ri-ë
Oromë = O-ro-më
Valinor = VA-li-nor
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