marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

the game of names

Names are even more fun in a fairy-tale novel.

You have all these narratives where no one at all has a name, or has something like Snow-White-Fire-Red, or there is only one name -- possibly shared by two or three characters.  (The Russian "Tale of Three Ivans" does not name a single other character than those three.)

And you still want the  characters to have distinct names.  Even raiding related legends does not defeat the issue that the names frequently repeat from tale to tale.  I have not run across a Tale of Three Jacks, but that doesn't mean I can raid three tales that name the hero Jack.  Or even two that call him Siegfried.

At least a polyglot fairy tale land lets them be Hans and Jean and Ivan and Jack. . .
Tags: fairy tale tropes, names

  • The strife is o'er

    The strife is o'er, the battle done; The victory of life is won; The song of triumph has begun: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! The powers…

  • There's a wideness in God's mercy

    There's a wideness in God's mercy like the wideness of the sea; there's a kindness in his justice, which is more than liberty. There is welcome for…

  • Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

    Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia! our triumphant holy day, Alleluia! who did once upon the cross, Alleluia! suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded