On Tue, 12 Jun 2001 05:29:55 -0500 Juliet Blosser <juliet@...
writes back to Stolzi@...
> > > http://www.chriswetherell.com/hobbit/default.asp
> > I think it's a random name generator.....
> >But it kept "Foxburr" for Conrad - yet gave him the most
> >unlikely of hobbit first names: Grigory.
> From what friends and I have been able to tell, it uses the
> name you give as the seed to generate a random index for a
> list of names. Thus any given name will always return the
> same hobbit name. It's smart enough that the hobbit name
> of Bilbo Baggins is still Bilbo Baggins, but I did have a
> bit offun finding out the hobbit name of my hobbit's name's
> hobbit's name and so on.
All the real names seem to be matched to a specific hobbit name,
agreeable or not, and it even matches on certain variants, but not all.
My given name, Ronald, is supposedly the Scots variant of "Reginald,"
which in turn is supposedly an Old English variant of "Roland." (Someone
better versed in names, feel free to correct this ... it's very likely
I'm wrong on details!) Likewise, with variants of my last name, with the
exception of quasi-variants like Bryan. I can't remember what my results
were because I was thunderstruck by my next experiment. My Significant
Other of former days would have enjoyed this diversion, so I entered her
name. Her surname happens to be Percy, but it works with a few variants,
like Percey, Piercy and Piercey, so I got "Peony Tolkien!"
Mr. Wetherell has an interesting sense of humor ...
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