Pronunciation question

Brian G Turner

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I'm just curious how members might pronounce the following mediaeval fantasy character name:

Rodrigan

Do you think to pronounce it with a short middle syllable like "Rod-driggan" or a long middle syllable more like "Rod-dree-gan" - or something else?

The aim was to have something that sounded a little Spanish, but I'm not sure that comes through without context.
 
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I would, unguided, read it straight with no stretching or accenting. Like Flanagan.
To be honest it sounds more Cornish or Irish to my ear. It needs an O to sound Spanish, but Rodrigano is pushing the syllable count to an ungainly level. Rogano perhaps?
 
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I had been thinking of Rodrigeuz.

I did actually have an original name for a long time, and only changed it to Rdorigan at the last minute to try and give it a more diverse flavour. If that's not working might be better if I simply renamed the character back, to keep things simple and avoid confusion.
 

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Rod-ri-gan. And I definitely wouldn't have associated with Spain.

May be worth considering using an accent/diacritics, or have him with a longer name mentioned early on (eg Rodrìgan Cortez de Vàsquez) then only refer to him as Rodrìgan later.

As an aside I originally read Sauron as Sore-on until I read JRR T's notes and realised it should have been Sour-on. After that I always read it as Sour-on.
 

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As above, wouldn't read Spanish unless prompted.
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I want to use the name Hari Seldon for a bit player in a chapter I'm working on. Just as a nod to one of the classics, but otherwise unrelated in every detail. I know TJ gave an excellent and thorough instructional on this on the podcast so I'm being lazy ...but, is it robbery?
 

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No. Not even breach of copyright. Whether someone has now trademarked the name, though, in view of the TV series, I've no idea.

(I didn't do a precis for The Toolbox as I didn't think it was needed. Looks like I was wrong...)
 

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For me, it would have been Ro-dri-gan (with the O pronounced as in hot, and the A sounding as if it were a schwa).

Oh, and the lack of a U after the G persuaded me, rightly or wrongly (I have no real idea how Spanish spelling and pronunciation work together), that it wouldn't be a Spanish name.
 

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No. Not even breach of copyright. Whether someone has now trademarked the name, though, in view of the TV series, I've no idea.

(I didn't do a precis for The Toolbox as I didn't think it was needed. Looks like I was wrong...)
Thanks, figured it'd be okay as it has nothing to do with the series -no prob changing it if someone complains and most likely will never be seen by anyone likely to, but good to keep things as professional as possible.
Can't see a trademark but someone has applied for one according to USPTO. I can't make head nor tail of the application though, might be someone doing it for an elaborate in-joke.
 

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Rodreegan.
 

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