47. Author's Notes: Character List and Reference Material
~ List of Characters ~
Bachor – bachor – "pedlar", member of the Angle's council
Curudir - curu – "skill", dir - "man" = skilled man, friend of Master Maurus
Elesinda – servant to the Lady Nienelen
Gelir – "merry" – youngest son of Pelara, Ranger
Halbarad – hal – "tall", barad – "tower" = "tall tower", kinsman to Aragorn and Ranger of the North
Herdir – herdir – "master", reeve to Lord Aragorn
Linmir – lin –"to sing," mír – "jewel" = "a jewel as if to sing", wife of the smith of Emyn Unial
Landir – tanner and Elder of the Council
Lothel – loth – "flower", êl – "star" = "star flower", granddaughter to Pelara
Mahtan - A great smith of the Noldor, for which the smith of the Angle was named
Maurus – maur – "gloomy", rusc – "fox" = "gloomy fox", Elder of the council of the Angle
Melendir – "melen" past participle of melant – "to love" –dir - "man" = "loved man", father of Nienelen
Melethron – noun- masculine – "lover", Ranger of the Angle
Nesta – nestad- "healing", Healer of the Angle
Nienelen –grief or mourning as in (nienna – Vala of mourning), (Nienor – "mourning" sister of Turin) Elen – star = "mourning star"
Pelara –Pele "fence", ara – "high/noble" = "noble fence/guard", Master Maurus' daughter, once servant and aide to the Lady Gilraen
Sereg – sereg = "blood" plowman of the wanderers
Tanaes – tân – "maker", aes – "meat" "maker of meat", the butcher of the Angle, former Ranger
Tanril - tân – "maker" , ril – "brilliance" = "maker of brilliance", wife of the Angle's smith, metal worker in her own right
~ Fun Little Factoids about the Middle Ages ~
Newman, Paul. Daily Life in the Middle Ages. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, p 30.
On the use of rushes as insulation on the floor
Finally, beneath it all, the floor of the hall was covered in rushes, but these were not simply loose rushes strewn about the floor. Illuminations, such as those done for the Duke of Berry in the 15th century, show that the rushes were often woven into large mats that completely covered the floor of the hall, providing an absorbent and resilient, yet disposable, carpeting.
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