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Re: Re: [mythsoc] "Merry"?

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  • alexeik@aol.com
    In a message dated 8/29/0 10:38:52 PM, Ted Sherman wrote: Not at all, it s a British Celtic name. Tolkien undoubtedly got
    Message 1 of 12 , Aug 30 10:01 AM
      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.
      Alexei
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