Last night at the Prancing Pony

It seems to be quite a rule in Middle-earth that people acquire many names during a long life. Elves, for example, easily list father's name, mother's name, nickname, and various further epithets. The same is true for Dúnedain. Which may not always be wise.
 
Time: Early summer, 3019 TA

BARLIMAN: Your name?
ARAGORN: Aragorn.
BARLIMAN: Funny. Last time you registered here it was Strider.
ARAGORN: Oh, yes, that was. But I prefer to have it Telcontar now. It sounds less vulgar.
BILL FERNY: Hear, hear! The way we folks talk isn't good enough for him any more. What d'you think you are, man, a Dúnadan or some such?
GLOIN: Hey, Barley! Don't let this queer guy fool you. I have heard him being called Dúnadan as if it was his name.
ARAGORN: Well, that must have been in Rivendell then.
BOMBUR: Rivendell? Rivendell? Isn't that where I met you once, and Elrond called you Estel?
ARAGORN: That is a long story. At any rate, to cut this short, I am Elessar and...
BILL FERNY: Eh, man, didn't you just say your name was Aragorn?
ARAGORN: It is Aragorn and Elessar.
BARLIMAN: So what do you want me to write down? Elessar like King Elessar?
ARAGORN: Look. I am King Elessar! And I am Aragorn, and once I was Estel, and then there was this bloody hobbit who nicknamed me Dúnadan, and – I don't even know what they call me in Harad where the stars are strange, but I would kindly ask you to get this darn registration done and give me the key for my room, PLEASE!
FORLONG THE FAT: Hey, I recognise you! You are this Thorongil guy! Thief, whinced at me that his sword was broken, then went off with my best one. Now will you return those forty castar my blade was worth, or will you draw right here on the spot...
ARAGORN: <jumps through the closed window, climbs the western gate and prefers to spend this night in the barrow of the last Prince of Cardolan>

Essays collected in printed or electronic books:


Order from: Order our printed books from Amazon Order our printed books from CreateSpace Our e-books for downloading from XinXii



Middle-earth seen by the barbarians: A compilation of Tolkien's references to the Middle Men of Eriador and Gondor: the pre-Númenóreans and the Dunlendings; the concealed history of Dorwinion, the fate of king Bladorthin and the origin of the Lossoth, the culture and history of the peoples in the east and far south of Middle-earth, with special consideration of the Wainriders, the Black Númenóreans and the Corsairs of Umbar. The appendix discusses the name Bladorthin and gives a new interpretation of this enigmatic king, shows how to apply a grid of latitudes and longitudes to the map of Middle-earth and in a previously unpublished essay discusses various comments by Tolkien on Pauline Baynes' recently recovered LotR map. This volume includes updated versions of “The Indigenous Peoples of Eriador and Gondor”, “The Lossoth and the Forodwaith”, “The Men of Darkness”, “The Third Realm in Exile”, “The mysterious King Bladorthin” and “A meridional grid on the map of Middle-earth” from these Science Pages.

The Moon in ‘The Hobbit’: A discussion and digital simulation of the lunar phases stated in ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The History of The Hobbit’ and their astronomical background, with special regard to the identification of Durin's Day and the threshold of winter; including an analysis of the various calendar systems in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Many hints are given on how to use the moon and the seasons as plot elements in your own stories. This book has updated versions of the essays “The Moon and Durin’s Day, 2941 TA”, “Midsummer’s eve and the Moon-letters“, “The Reckoning of Time”, “An ephemeris for Bilbo Baggins” and “(Flawed) Astronomy in the History of the Hobbit” from these Science Pages.

Words of Westernesse: A light-hearted introduction into the grammar of Adûnaic, based on Arthur Lowdham's spiritual research in HoMe IX, and (tentative) etymologies of Adûnaic and Westron as far as the corpus of vocabulary has been established. This volumes includes updated versions of the essays “Lalaith’s Guide to Adûnaic grammar” and “Etymologies of the Atani Languages” from these Science Pages.

Dynasties of Middle-earth: Genealogical tables and comments on the lines of the kings of Númenor, Arnor, Gondor, Rohan, Dale and the Princes of Dol Amroth. A shorter version of this volume had been previously presented here as “Genealogies of the noble Mannish houses”.