Pronouncing the Gods’ Names

Editor’s Note: Throughout the years, there have been many topics on the pronunciation of the names of the gods. The following is a look at how some of the authors pronounce the names of the gods. The alt.fan.dragonlance newsgroup had responses by two Dragonlance authors on the subject on December 5, 2000. Compiled here are pronunciations from Jeff Grubb (from his original campaign) and Chris Pierson. Also, Tracy Hickman presents his views at the end of this article (taken from the Bronze Canticles boards).

For the official pronunciations of the deities’ names, please see Holy Orders of the Stars.

Pronunciations of the Gods’ Names
Deity’s NameJeff Grubb’s PronunciationsChris Pierson’s Pronunciations
BranchalaBran-CHAH-Lahbran-CHA-luh
ChemoshCHEH-MoshKEH-mosh
ChislevCHIZZ-levKIZ-lev
GileanGILL-ee-enGIL-ee-un
HabbakukHah-bah-COOKHA-ba-kook
HiddukelHID-doo-kellHID-oo-kel
Kiri-JolithKeer-ee-JOE-lithKEE-ree JOE-lith
LunitariLOO-neh-TAR-eeloo-ni-TAR-ee
MajereMah-JER-raymah-JAIR
MishakalMeh-SHACK-calmih-SHAK-ul
MorgionMORE-Guy-onMOR-jee-un
NuitariNWEE-tar-eenoo-ih-TAR-ee
PaladinePAL-ah-dinePAL-uh-dine
ReorxRAY-orcsRAY-orks
SargonnasSar-GONE-Ussar-GON-us
ShinareShih-NAR-ayshih-NAR-ay
SirrionSEAR-ee-onSEER-ee-on
SolinariSOLE-eh-NAR-eesol-ih-NAR-ee
TakhisisTah-KEY-Sistak-HEE-sis
ZeboimZeh-BOW-imZEB-oh-eem
ZivilynZIV-ih-linZIV-ih-lin

Chris Pierson: … and, for bonus points: (E’li: eh-LYE).

Jeff Grubb: Gilean was originally Gilead, and changed as we moved through the book. Takhisis was Trace’s name for the slot I had held for Tiamat (Draco Cerebus in my cosmology), and Paladine was originally called Draco Paladine, the Platinum Dragon.

Tracy Hickman: I honestly believe that the names are, indeed, pronounced exactly the way you hear them in your head. You are, after all, a big part of the creation of the book you read. The author is an evoker; someone whose words strung together evoke images from our imagination. The creation of the story takes place in your head; a completely unique experience as your imagination takes those words and fills in the white space between the words.

Having said that, however, you probably still want to know how I pronounce these names!

Caramon, for ME, has always sounded like a Jamaican ‘Caring man.’ Thus ‘kara-mon!’

About Jeff Grubb

Jeff Grubb is an award-winning author, game designer, and world-builder with a host of credits. He is much calmer in real life.
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