In Which The Geeks Name Their Property
It's been a long winter, and we are so happy that spring is here! The house is on the market, and we have high hopes that it will sell quickly, so that we can pick up the dome project where we left off last fall.
I don't think we've mentioned this before, but the geekwif and I are geeks :-) Perhaps that doesn't come as a great surprise to some of you. As good and honest geeks, we are BIG Lord of the Rings fans. I've read not only the main six-book / three-volume story several times, and the 'wif has read it at least once.
Anyway, I'm sure the REAL Tolkien fans are now laughing at me for bragging about such piddly accomplishments. Maybe I can brag about something else...
Oh, yeah. We're going to name our property. In elvish. With a welcome sign. In elvish. Boo-ya.
We were actually having a hard time coming up with a name, because it seemed like our property was more like the Shire than any elvish lands, and we went through several different names, none of them really fitting. I'm not sure when we finally came up with the name we are going to use, but basically we started looking through different place-names that Tolkien used, and read about the meanings behind the names, and how those meanings related to the nature of the places. Somewhere along the way we found a website with Middle Earth place-names, translations of the names, etc.
After going through a whole lot of names without really finding anything that seemed to match our land, we hit upon the name we have chosen. The only problem was, the meaning of the name was a description that could only be verified at night-time. In the dark. Where it can be hard to see things.
Still, the name seemed to fit. At least, in our imagination of what the land would look like at night, the name fit. But it took us until last week (April 7th, 2006) to actually go out to the property at night and confirm what our imagination had already suspected. The name fits like a glove!
It was a beautiful evening, with a clear sky and a slightly larger than half-moon waxing in the sky, shining brightly and illuminating the land all around us. We got out of the truck and I started picking out my favorite constellations (Orion, the Big Dipper) -- ok, actually the only constellations I can find! We marveled at the almost-blinding light of the moon. And we sang elvish hymns under the night sky until the hobbits fell asleep and we left them in the woods with full bellies and peaceful dreams ....
Ok, hold on a sec. Scratch that last sentence. We did confirm that the name fit, however, and so we have made another momentous step in our dome building project. Yay!
I guess that's about all I have to say about that.
Oh, wait -- did you want to know the name?
Are you sure? Because I'm not going to give you the translation -- that part is up to you to find out. Just remember, Google is your friend.
The name is...