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Apr 04

Worldbuilding Wednesday 4/4/18: Zimiamvia

The hippogriff emblem of Demonland,The hippogriff emblem of Demonland, based on the line drawings
in early editions of the book

 

In The Worm Ouroboros E.R. Eddison dazzles the reader with innumerable exotic and fantastically named people, places, and things. Unfortunately, they don’t all adhere to a consistent linguistic base, and no less a luminary like J.R.R. Tolkien criticized the author for this. Some character names sound Latin, such as Laxus, Corinius, Corund, and Corsus. Others sound Gaelic, like Brandoch Daha, or German, like Goldry Bluszco, which to me sounds like an equities trading firm. The place names of Demonland seem cribbed from Scotland, and other names such as Fax Fay Faz, Mivrarch,  Zäje Zaculo, and Zimiamvia itself are just all-around WTF (admittedly, Eddision created many as a child.) The sky-piercing mountains of Zimiamvia, meanwhile, have names reminiscent of Tibetan and Nepali, like Koshtra Pivrarcha and Koshtra Belorn, Romshir, and Ashnilan. There were enough of these that I was able to come up with a decent random word generator for them, the results shown below. I’ll call the language Zimiamvian.

Zimiamvian Names


 

Tsu Eshrac

Mornaset

Shimuna

Bhad Synshë

Zoracha

Nangachurch

Pizshir

Id Hylla Zaë

Viz Mornaian

Koshtan

Uth Arksurn

Ailtrig

Tsachanë

Ishaneth

Shalg Emshra

Orsh Pylgrai

Barchlak

Psar Shalgsurn

Belsu

Koshtark

Zorashimur

Usu Traëm

Zorahevshra

Tsa Tsumulo

Shimarcha

Zimnam

Uthra Syk

Zimek

Besh Maltgyn

Temornam

Azkar

Tsar Emarcha

Shaëny

Zarphai

Gremsë

Ravnan

Tsu Thanmarsh

Zimarach

Norphë

Ravenlak

Ur Lakarm

Barcherash

Bhanamshir

Zim Karulo

Teshurnum

Tsark

Archa Nulla

Mora Mysoch

Gor Bhavicha

Tsarsharma

Burdamoch

Tshev Bysë

Ushai

Tremlak

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