Largo, Not Profundo

The poor guy in the trailer who had to do a line reading of “Our hearts even bigger ‘n our feet” is Dylan Smith, who is playing “Largo Brandyfoot.”

We all know that “Brandyfoot” is a terrible, terrible misuse of Hobbit name particles, because the “brandy-” in Brandybuck is from the River Baranduin, aka the Brandywine. It’s a river in the Shire, where these Hobbit tribespeople have not yet been.

If you wanted to turn it into a real Hobbit name, it would be Brandifoot, burnt-foot, fire-foot. Kinda sinister, guys. Eventually “brand” in its meaning as a burning stick turned into a kenning for sword. So sword-foot, which is not any less sinister.

But… “Largo.” Not Brego or Drogo, or any of the other reasonable Hobbit names, or translations of Hobbit names. Nope. Largo.

Lango would make sense. But no.

Lar and laer do mean “learning” or “lore.” But that would usually not be how it worked; it would be a girl’s name, like Largundis. It could be a name like Hamico, maybe.

It could be a worn-down version of Lodowic or Leowic, ending up as Largo.

I just don’t like it, overall. It’s lazy again, the work of somebody who doesn’t understand name construction or its importance to worldbuilding.

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7 responses to “Largo, Not Profundo

  1. Well, considering the wokelings running it, is there any chance of competence, much less care?

  2. Ah! I was wondering what this was about.

    Apparently, it’s from that “Rings Of Power” thing. 😉

  3. Peter Floriani

    Carissima Banshee: Nice little bit of a Knox like analysis. (Did you ever see his Bible-scholar study on Sherlock Holmes with his Deutero-Watson? I’m still laughing)

    I am waiting for someone to try pseudoparsing names like Ian Kajinak or Marty Felsen or maybe even Bernie Brown.

    Or (God help us) Mike, Matt, and Mark Weaver.

    Thank God the Ama-frown will never notice my 24+ volumes of the Saga…they can’t even manage their own catalog/search thing.

    And if anyone wants to hear MY take on “data mining” first read what Biringuccio had to say about those who try to invoke, ah, those ‘green fumes of depravity” when they’re trying to do real mining. (Durin’s folk would rejoice.)

    • I just bought and received my latest package of your books from Amazon. A pleasure as always!!

      I feel like I’ve already been boycotting Amazon Video/Studios, which is a different division from the books.

  4. Peter Floriani

    I bow gratefully to your kind words.
    The work is proceeding, as I am sure you will be glad to hear.

    Next up: ANNOTATED GKC’s St. Francis of Assisi

    And also one called TECH AND THE CHURCH
    with some juicy bits of tech Latin…
    For example: did you ever notice that for certain important feasts the Priest does not say the Preface WITHOUT dragging in Trigonometry? Also cool stuff on stereochemistry and air speed and the Gloria, stuff in the Pentecost Sequence and the five Eucharistic hymns of St. Thomas Aquinas!
    but for now I am trying to continue work on the Growing End of the Saga where we find Bernie and the guys in Canada…

  5. BarnabyRudge

    I beg to differ: Largo is a perfectly reasonable hobbit name, or at least Tolkien thought so; you can find Largo Baggins (1220-1312) in the Baggins family tree in Appendix C of The Lord of the Rings. He was actually Frodo’s great-grandfather.
    As to the origin of the name: the Baggins male names appear to be a mixture of Latin-looking (Largo, Longo, Balbo), monothematic Anglosaxon (Frodo, Drogo, Dudo) and just nonsense names (Bilbo, Bungo, Bingo – these either predate the LotR or represent an early stage of the development of the nomenclature). In earlier drafts Tolkien had used actual Latin names in the nominative (Flavus, Fulvus and note especially Magnus, Crassus) but explicitly avoided them later; maybe Largo and Longo are a last reflection of those.

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