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That would be interesting if it was intentional. He ended up being an infidel in the end, technically.

 

That would be really cool, actually. Like Raoden's name was kind of a prophecy for the (since it's the Elantris forum I don't have to put things in spoilers, right?) ending with Elantris being a giant Aon Rao, Hrathen's name was kind of a prophecy for him going heathen at the end of the book.

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Huh. It would be interesting as a coincidence; if it were intentional, it'd be downright brilliant.

Can anyone name any ways in which Sarene can be said to be serene?

I can't think of anything that makes her serene but I always found it funny that queen and Sarene rhyme and she becomes queen of Arelon in the end.
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I can't think of anything that makes her serene but I always found it funny that queen and Sarene rhyme and she becomes queen of Arelon in the end.

 

Actually Sarene and queen don't rhyme, in-world it would be pronounced "sar-EE-NEE" (or sar-AY-NAY, but that is more an artifact of the fact that her name used to be Sarana, based of Aon Ana instead of Aon Ene).

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Actually, they do rhyme. The audio book clearly says Sarene is pronounced like serene. Which reminded me of Serenity and I marveled at how amazing that movie was.

 

That doesn't mean the audiobook reader is saying it correctly.  Author's sometimes give a pronunciation guide but there is no guarantee that reader will follow it. H

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Aye, Elantris probably has the most strict rules or specific guidelines about how names should be pronounced. Brandon had a blog on his old website about it, but if I recall correctly:

  • Arelish names are derived from one Aon each (e.g. Raoden, Sarene, Eventeo, etc.)
  • The first vowel of the syllable with the Aon is stressed (e.g. REI-o-den, not rei-O-den or rei-o-DEN)
  • The Aon's vowels are pronounced as long sounds (e.g. sar-EE-nee, not sar-EEN)

 

Pronunciation geeks, don't murder me for butchering your proper rules, please.

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I was at a signing once where he told us there was one irregular rule.. that the letter E in an Aon could be pronounced as either the hard E sound or the hard A sound. The example he gave was that technically Sarene is "sar-AY-nay".

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