Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Names

So I think to myself I’ll call the main character David Spear (second name chosen because of that cool character in Band of Brothers) then I wonder: haven’t I used David before? Of course I have – David McCrooger in Hilldiggers – so I need a rethink. In a piece I wrote off the cuff, prior to starting Penny Royal, I used a Scandinavian name and, glancing at it again, I thought yes, something like that. The first one to pop into my head was Thorvald, and I decided to do a search on it. Now, bearing in mind that this is about the black AI Penny Royal, a monster (sort of), it was interesting to come up with this is relation to the name Thorvald:

Thorvald the slayer of Nidhogg

Then a search of Nidhogg comes up with:

In Norse myth, Nidhogg ("tearer of corpses") is a monstrous serpent that gnaws almost perpetually at the deepest root of the World Tree Yggdrasil, threatening to destroy it.

Also:

(Malice Striker, often anglicized Nidhogg)

And thus the imagination feeds.

6 comments:

Tony Lee said...

Ah, good one... If I had a dog, I'd name it Nidhogg. Or medog, as in where's me dog gone. (Sorry.)

Phil M said...

pity "Nogbad the Bad" has been used already

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

fuk...........yes.

Neal Asher said...

Very good, Tony.

Presently having a spatter-fest with prador and Polity troops.

Tonialb007 said...

Hello.

Two years ago, I myself created a video game campaign in the game "Age of Mythology", and I named it "Thorvald, the slayer of Nidhogg".
The campaign had a story that focused on Thorvald, and how he tried to bring the end to Nidhogg.

Being the creator of the campaign, it is very weird seeing the name here.

Anyway, good luck :)

Tonialb007 said...

Hello.

Two years ago, I myself created a video game campaign in the game "Age of Mythology", and I named it "Thorvald, the slayer of Nidhogg".
The campaign had a story that focused on Thorvald, and how he tried to bring the end to Nidhogg.

Being the creator of the campaign, it is very weird seeing the name here.

Anyway, good luck :)