Jon Flowers, on 01 March 2012 - 08:55 AM, said:
Names taken from real life, like Melisendre (mel-i-sond) for example or those with obvious phonetic pronunciations (at least to english speakers) like Edmure (ed-myoor) are simple enough, but I do wish he would clarify some of the others. It would be nice at least to point out how he wants certain vowel combinations pronounced, particularly the oft used ae, whether that is subject to change based on the letters surrounding it and whether or not it changes based on the language in which the name is given. The situation with which we're left kind of leaves me with the impression that the names are mostly arbitrary, sometimes chosen based on how they sound or look and are almost never based upon their meaning (meaningless names are a huge pet peeve for me in real life).
I believe somewhere he said we can pronounce the names however we like, so I would say yes, you are right, the pronunciation is somewhat arbitrary.
But I got a laugh out of you saying "obvious phonetic pronunciation" and your examples, because I say Melisandre "mel-is-AHN-druh" and edmure "ed-murr-aye".
Arya Nymeria Stark, on 10 June 2012 - 01:15 AM, said:
I have to say I had the same issue with the Harry Potter books (before the movies). I remember pronouncing Hermione's name as HER-mee-own, before hearing it in the movies as her-MY-oh-nee. BUT, once I started watching the movies, I grew accustomed to saying her name their way.
The only names I really said differently were Catelyn (as the way we know it in this world, vs. KAT-lyn) and Ilyn Payne (pronouncing it as EYE-lin, not IH-lin).
HOWEVER, like the Harry Potter names, I've grown used to pronouncing them as said on the show.
The alternative to GRRM letting us choose our own pronunciation, is to do what JKR did for having so many people ask her how Hermione's name was pronounced. There's a part in Goblet of Fire where Hermione teaches her date how to pronounce her name.
Hermione is a real Greek name, though, so it's more important the readers knew how to pronounce that than that we get these random fantasy names "correct" whatever that means.
Edit: I want to add that I think there is no pronunciation key because there are several languages in the books, so my interpretation was that the pronunciation varies from region to region.
I like this thread because I like reading everyone's completely arbitrary pronunciations which are usually so different from mine own.
Edited by KhaleesiDany, 12 June 2012 - 02:55 PM.