RadiantThought

What does the root word Ado mean? Is Adonalsium a metal?

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Is Ado a root word? What does it mean? I see it in some major character's names. Adonalsium, Adolin, Ba-Ado Mishram. Or, in the latter two examples, do they simply reference Adonalsium? Or maybe Ado is kind of like Eru in Middle Earth - the God name. What did Eru mean? One? Something like that. In that case, perhaps Ba means Anti or Against or Enemy of. Mishram, enemy of Ado. Speaking of names, Adonalsium sounds like a metal to me. So then, is Ado the name and Adonalsium the metal? Like Leras to Lerasium? Or Ati to Atium? Ooh, I think I'm on to something! Ado is the original holder of god-power. His metal was shattered and taken by the 16. But it is not exactly Ado himself. Hmmm. I like it!

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We were told 'Ado', in the case of Roshar, meant 'light' (and 'Lin' means 'born unto'). Given that Ba-Ado-Mishram was apparently integral to all Roshar and its spren, since her imprisonment is suspected to have played a part in the Recreance spren to turn into Deadeyes and possibly also affected the Singers' ability to hear the Rhythms and the Sibling's ability to create Towerlight. She was a spren of Roshar before Odium Corrupted her, and Roshar was created by Adonalsium, so I don't think she was his enemy.

Adonalsium does sound like a godmetal name but it seems to refer to the individual and his godmetal appears to have been called 'Dragonsteel'.

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Thanks! Very helpful. I forgot that the meaning of Ado was actually given.

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2 minutes ago, RadiantThought said:

Thanks! Very helpful. I forgot that the meaning of Ado was actually given.

Devil's Advocate: Take that with a grain of salt because that's a case where it's given in one specific in-world language and culture.  We have similar instances (such as the common "Shash" glyph on both Roshar and Nalthis) that are confirmed to be coincidence of his own naming and not any in-world connection.  

 

 

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1 hour ago, Honorless said:

We were told 'Ado', in the case of Roshar, meant 'light' (and 'Lin' means 'born unto'). Given that Ba-Ado-Mishram was apparently integral to all Roshar and its spren, since her imprisonment is suspected to have played a part in the Recreance spren to turn into Deadeyes and possibly also affected the Singers' ability to hear the Rhythms. She was a spren of Roshar before Odium Corrupted her, and Roshar was created by Adonalsium, so I don't think she was his enemy.

Adonalsium does sound like a godmetal name but it seems to refer to the individual and his godmetal appears to have been called 'Dragonsteel'.

Just FYI, this topic was not in the RoW boards, so this can't be posted here. I have moved the topic to the RoW boards, but do be careful about this.

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