Worldbuilding Wednesday 9/25/19: Melniboné

artwork by rodney mattthews

Artwork by Rodney Matthews

British author Michael Moorcock created a series of stories, novels, and metanovels about albino warrior Elric of Melniboné, referenced by me here. In that series, the made-up language was surprisingly consistent. Sometimes ridiculous, sometimes grandiose, the words Yyrkoon, Imryyr, and Xiombarg conjure up a sort of Solomon’s Demons / Chinese never-never land beyond time and space.  Richard K. Morgan drew on the feel of this imaginary language when he designed the languages for his A Land Fit for Heroes series, as well as adopting some of Moorcock’s writing conventions.

Out to write Elric fanfic? Here’s a list of randomly generated words.

 

Melnibonéan words

Sarquoon

Baldas

Theldroon

Xomlolu

Threem

Garnooth

Sadgorn

Kaadric

Ikwi

Xahrain

Iogastor

Hiquaiz

Anargil

Elsoth

Hionric

Abasril

Oonibain

Zhemblar

Equalorn

Jhermos

Kwilnara

Elsheen

Kamric

Darnyl

Grochar

Quaric

Aarhoon

Echaray

Jhalreen

Akwet

Quarznain

Raileen

Dazhkar

Quataril

Therzym

Kaarnoch

Stelohim

Xiansiph

Jhaetaril

Magloch

Habookan

Sharslor

Xoric

Stelezheen

Quarhoon

 

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