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A matter of linguistics: which language is canon?

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Disclaimer: This blog post is not diplomatically sensitive in any way and should not therefore be sent to Wikileaks or published in the New York Times, Guardian or Der Spiegel. Anyway, back to where I was...

The problem

To begin my adminship with a very Wyvern Rex. sort of question, I turn to page 76 of the paperback edition of Brisingr. Eragon has taken Sloan to the place that elves and Riders named Mírnathor, the dwarves referred to as Werghadn and the humans named the Gray Heath. I would rather like to create an article on this, but what should it be named? Arguably, the Ancient Language is the "correct" version, the dwarvish version may have been the first and the human version would be the one actually used. In this case I am not sure what to call it. However, maybe this should be adopted:

Map: If it appears this way on the map, it stays like that save errors in cartography.

Ancient Language: If it is not on the map, the "True name" should take precedence over others.

Human Language: If there is no known Ancient Language name and no appearance on the map, the most commonly used human language should be deployed.

Dwarvish: If none of the above three apply, use Dwarvish.

Urgal: The Urgal language hardly appears as it is, so this shouldn't cause problems.

Under this scheme, the heath does not appear on the map but is Mírnathor in the Ancient Language, so it will be named Mírnathor. However, Ithrö Zhâda would have to become Orthíad, as it appears this way on the map. It could therefore be possible to create two articles, one for Orthíad as the Dwarf city and the other as Ithrö Zhâda for the later Imperial/Urgal fortification.

So, is this a good idea?

--Wyvern Rex. 12:46, December 11, 2010 (UTC)

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