What's in a name?
While I was working on Vortex, I needed some new Orc names. Thanks to the Internet, these are not hard to find, but the problem becomes choosing one that’s not too similar to those I’ve already used. To prevent this from happening again, I combed through all my series and created a document containing the name of every single Orc in all of my series.
This file also lists which series the name comes from, their tribe, and a general description, such as shaman, hunter, etc. I also identified their gender since the name isn’t always helpful.
In naming Orcs, I’ve tried to use a few standard practices. One such example is to give siblings similar-sounding names. Hence, we have Shaluhk and Laruhk, or Grazuhk and Uruzuhk. Note that I like to use the letter ‘h’ to give the names a more exotic look. The ‘h’ is almost always silent, by the way.
I then listed all the tribes, titles, and even unique Orc names for things, like customs or the words used to describe outsiders.
Of course, now that I’ve done this for Orcs, I suppose I will have to do the same for the other races of Eiddenwerthe!
Until next time,
27/7/2022 06:46:17 pm
This is a good thing you are doing Paul. Your books are encompassing continents and it is so much more enjoyable to read about people if you know where they fit in. Without that knowledge the names are just that - names. Yes, you will have to write up the descriptions of the others. Because your legions of fans are hoping that there will be many more books. Perhaps the notes on the clans/families can be a dataset on your website?
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