Is there any way to properly name the pair of a King and Queen, other than saying "King and Queen" (i.e. "cattle" for more than one cow)?

Because if there is a better way to say "Rohan's King and Queen" in a paper, I'd like to.

closed as off-topic by phantom42, Stan, Moogle, The Fallen, DVK-on-Ahch-To May 8 '14 at 15:07

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    The English Language SE may be a better fit for this. – phantom42 May 8 '14 at 14:31
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about general writing and language advice rather than a question about any existing works. – phantom42 May 8 '14 at 14:32
  • Hint: since much of the language and culture (but not all of the latter) of Rohan was derived from Anglo-Saxon England, a quick dive into a history book should give you the appropriate answer. It may be different for other Tolkien cultures of course. – user8719 May 8 '14 at 15:49
  • @phantom42 I was sure to add the bit about Rohan and Middle-earth, so it should qualify. – PartyKingThrandeezy May 8 '14 at 16:29
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    Ehh.. I don't know that I'd agree. If you focused it as, "is there an in-universe word that describes this", I might be able to get behind it. Currently, it reads as though you're looking for writing advice that anyone could provide from your closest thesaurus/dictionary. – phantom42 May 8 '14 at 16:35

Mr. Thesaurus is your ally.

  • Royals
  • Rulers
  • Sovereigns (or Sovereignty)
  • Monarchs (or Monarchy)

I would probably say Rohan's Monarchy, which infers the ruling class (King and Queen together).

  • It won't let me make such a small edit, but that should be Sovereigns (for both King and Queen) and Monarchs (ditto). Sovereignty and Monarchy are both correct as-is; note that these two in general refer to the station/position, as opposed to the particular individuals, however in many (most?) instances that distinction is irrelevant. – Kromey May 8 '14 at 14:35
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    Hmmmm...to me, Monarchy would refer to the royal Structure, as opposed to the persons. Sovereigns seems to be the better answer to me – The Fallen May 8 '14 at 15:05

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