Re: Re: [mythsoc] "Merry"?
- In a message dated 8/29/0 10:38:52 PM, Ted Sherman wrote:
<<From the mind of JRRT himself. >>
Not at all, it's a British Celtic name. Tolkien undoubtedly got it from the
15th-century Cornish mystery play _Bewnans Meryasek_, where the saint's name
is glossed in Latin _Meriadocus_. The Welsh form would indeed be _Meriadoc_
(or, more properly, _Meriadog_). As Tolkien himself explains, it was an
attempt to show the "borderland" heritage of the Brandybucks, giving them
names that would have an exotic "Celtic" flavour to English-speakers' ears.