ec2-18-232-38-214.compute-1.amazonaws.com | ToothyWiki | RecentChanges | Login | Webcomic Most obviously used in the pern books - but I don't know if that's actually where it was started.
Annie is the earliest usage for lots of characters that I can think of. She's pretty moderate about what she does with it though. -- Senji
To differentiate main characters from everyone else, those who ride dragons get names with a single letter, then an apostophe, then four or five letters, which may contain a verb.
Surely you mean 'vowel'. Also, some of them are longer than that (F'lessan springs to mind, the brat). -- Senji
Such a F'nar and T'lon.
How you are supposed to pronounce these is left as an excercise for the reader. My personal opinion is "You aren't" (Oh, ok - I think it as a long syllable of the letter, then the next part. So Fff-Gnarr and Tuh-Lon, not Phnarr and Talon.)
The background would suggest that the answer is 'whatever is quickest to think'. -- Senji
Long time since I read the books, but isn't it a contraction? e.g. T'lon used to be Talon or T___lon and when becoming a dragon rider, the name is contracted. - Kazuhiko
Aye. But the origin (according to the prequels) of the contraction was that the Dragons used shortened forms of names because they were easier to think easily. -- Senji
As an aside - in the dreamcast "Dragon Riders of Pern" game - there is a character named Anne, who wonders aloud why the names are done so strangely, and who laments that she cannot write books because she must spend her whole life making porridge - but she will get her friends to help her and they'll say the books were all written by the same person. (Ok, I made that last bit up - but the names books and porridge bit are real)