Thursday, November 18, 2010
On the Etymological Sources in Some of EGG's Fictional Names
In going over the text I noted at least 3 interesting names that Gary had chosen, one of which only, out of courtesy to the ongoing research being done, will I post here.
One side has a giant leader named Verdurmir, which I recognized right off, and I actually laughed at the joke-reference EGG was using here:
Etymology of "verdur-" is simply a foreshortened "verdure" meaning "green" or lush.
"-mir" has Germanic and many other cognates, but overall may be translated as "leader," "lord," or grosse (large) or "big," etc.
So we have a giant named Verdurmir whose name means: "Big & Green Leader," or a variation of such.
This is where I laughed at the exposed matter, as the most popular giant in media during those days was of course the Jolly Green Giant.
Once again exposing Gary's proclivity (and creativity) in adapting what was around him into whatever matter he was treating with at the time. It also exposes his tounge-in-cheek manner and disguised punning for which he was famous.