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Mentally pulling together character traits for my faerie fest persona. After my thoughts the other day about some form of water nymph with a thing for the pirates, I was very entertained at Wednesday night's meeting when they had come up with suggestions for what they saw each cast member as, and mine was a lorelei. :-) Definitely going to build the costume around that tattered captain's coat.

Anyway, I'm usually good with names, but I'm running into a wall on this one. So I'm throwing the floor open. What would you name a lorelei with delusions of piracy?


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Jun. 8th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC)
Jun. 8th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I've never been sure how that one is supposed to be pronounced. Which could lead to some funny interaction, as some patrons are sure to ask how it's spelled.
Jun. 8th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
if it's the Greek (pl. moiriai, or fates) then it'd be "moi-" like "boy" and "re" like a blend of a Semitic aleph and a short "eh" sound. trill the r like a Spanish or Italian r, and accent on the first syllable.
Jun. 8th, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
It's Amberite. ;-) Or Rebman, actually. It's possible that was Zelazny's source, but probably not purely said that way. Thanks, tho!
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Jun. 8th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Ha! I like how you think.
Jun. 8th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
What would you name a lorelei with delusions of piracy?

hmm... "pirate" in Latin is either "praeda maratima" or "pirata." (I've given you the feminine, obviously. :P) Not sure what pirate would be in Greek off the top of my head-- "nauta" is sailor, though, and "nauarche" is admiral. You could also opt for naming her after a famous Greek pirate/admiral during the War of Independence, Laskarina Boubalina, who was based on Spetsi and a local folk heroine.
Jun. 8th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)
And this is why I love brainstorming with the flist. Directions I would never have thought to go!
Jun. 8th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
::g:: I've got info on Boubalina somewhere, if you end up wanting it. :)
Jun. 8th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)

(I crack myself up).

Have you tried http://behindthename.com?
Jun. 8th, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
I'm actually always going to be a little annoyed with Amy Sherman-Palladino for making it impossible for me to ever give a child that name. *wry g* There was a Lorelei in my Girl Scout troop in about fourth grade, and I always liked it. But now if you use it, you're dooming the kid to a lifetime of having people spell it a particular kind of wrong!

And oooh, new resource! Thankee!
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Jun. 8th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
*snerk* Thus invoking the perennial Rennie cry of "Family show!!!"
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Jun. 8th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
Hee! And now I'm flashing on the Melusine (spoiled-brat daughter of Florimel) that I played in a couple of Amber games...
Jun. 8th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Boom, Valerie-person!
Sirine? Melusine? Nix(ie)? Scylla?
Flosshilde? (cf. _Expecting Someone Taller_
by Tom Holt)

Really, there are a lot of these, if you
can stretch "piracy" to "wrecking"--as I'm
sure you know, there have been an awful lot
of people, even in quite recent times, who
made a living by looting the shipwrecks that
occurred on their rocky coast. (Of course,
many of them tended to help things along by
lighting lamps in the wrong places--these
tended not to be very nice people.) Sirens and
lorelei were rather more attractive than their
mundane counterparts.

I am mildly surprised that I can't seem to find
much reference to similar beings in Cornwall,
a place that they certainly *ought* to have
inhabited. Scotland, Germany, Scandinavia, Greece,
even Poland (!), but apparently no faerie pirates of

Sheri seems to have a touch of selkie blood (as
shown by one pair of webbed toes on each foot);
Eleanor appears not to have inherited the gene, however.

I hope you and yours are well. Boom!

Yours loyally,

Daniel Kirkwood

Jun. 8th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Boom, Valerie-person!
Boom to you! Are you two still at the same snail mail? I ran across it in my address book last week, and wondered how life was treating you. Syncronicity. :-)
Jun. 8th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Boom, Valerie-person!
Daniel Kirkwood??? NO FREAKING WAY!!!

Um. If you're who I think you are, you used to come over to my house to play D&D. The house was called Continuum. :-)

Jun. 8th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Boom, Valerie-person!
He's who you think he is. *g* I'm slightly less poleaxed, having run into Sherri at Visions about eight years back.
Jun. 8th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Boom, Valerie-person!
Well, I'll be damned. The world, it is very very wee.

Jun. 8th, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure . . .
Is the one you have 310 N. Webik Avenue
(Clawson, MI)? We've lived here since
1999, if that helps. If you need more
contact information, you can email me at
dpkirkwo at oakland dot edu.

Glad to hear from you!

Jun. 8th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
Stitch or Wendy ties in nicely to Peter Pan's mermaids, I think; and what a prize to be wearing James Hook's coat?

Rusalka is the Russian water-fairy, and always sounded vaguely menacing and submarinish to me.

According to theoi.com, Panopeia is one of the few nerieds frequently mentioned in Greek myth: "She was probably, as her name indicates, associated with the sighting of land and approaching storms by sailors." You could anglicize this a bit to Penelope or Penny if you're dealing with children but the storm-sightings give her a little edge.

Finally: Love the icon : )
Jun. 8th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
Oh! Oh! AND I know there was this story about a woman in Scotland (Isle of Skye) who had a fortress on a firth, and she used to run a chain across the firth and extort gold from the sailors, and if they didn't pay she sank 'em but if they paid she flashed them and let them go. But I can't for the life of me remember her name. I want to say Red Molly but that's my fallback answer for any cool Scotswoman.
Jun. 8th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
*points to subject line* Edge is, shall we say, not discouraged. *eg*

There will be some kids, and obviously bits need to be adjusted for that interaction, but it's a family show rather than a kids' one. Director was doing a LOT of repeating that we needed scary faeries too, for the benefit of those (okay, yeah, most of the cast) whose response wasn't "Wait, you mean there are fluffy safe ones? Oh, right..." ;->
Jun. 8th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, and...
Rusalka's song to the moon is one of the arias I'm looking to get in shape for my audition package. :-D
Jun. 9th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
Irrelevant, but I forgot to mention it . . .
By the way, your Dr Who clockwork robot costume was
absolutely stunning--Sheri and I loved it. You'd
approve of Eleanor, incidentally--she had her first
introduction to musical theatre recently and, a couple
of months ago, built her first TARDIS:

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