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Those that don't know him from school call him Hagrid because he tells them to. ‘Call me Hagrid,’ he said, ‘everyone does. An’ like I told yeh, I’m Keeper of Keys at Hogwarts – yeh’ll know all about Hogwarts, o’ course.’ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Presumably those that do know him from school call him Hagrid because it's quite ...


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Hagrid is virtually the only occupant of a 'middle ground' in the Hogwarts hierarchy. The two principal 'classes' (for want of a better word) at Hogwarts are the pupils and the staff. Within the classes everyone calls each other by their first names - Harry calls Ron 'Ron', and Dumbledore calls Snape 'Severus'. But pupils call staff by their last names, and ...


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Out of universe, JKR quite obviously wanted to show their personalities. Albus is the Latin word for white, whose defining visual trait is his white hair and beard Severus coming from severe, he's very severe and strict. As Null points out in the comments, there is also a strong parallel with the Roman emperor Severus Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom,...


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She just really liked the name. Rowling was asked this question in a 2000 live interview on Scholastic.com; her response was: Question: From where did you get the name for Harry Potter? Rowling: 'Harry' has always been my favourite boy's name, so if my daughter had been a son, he would have been Harry Rowling. Then I would have had to choose a ...


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ROTK - No mentions of him being addressed as Gollum (I searched entire book). As per @poke's comment, he was referred to as "Sméagol" instead. Fellowship - obviously no, as we don't see anyone talking to Gollum yet. The Two Towers - Yes. Here are a all the instances I found: But Frodo sprang up, and drew Sting from its sheath. With his left hand he drew ...


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Because it's a bright "star" (it's actually a group of stars, and the 7th brightest in the night sky) and its name is familiar with budding star gazers. It's also enormous and placed in the obvious and well-known constellation of Orion. The star as seen from Earth is actually a triple, quadruple or quintuple star system, with the primary star (Rigel ...


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Who better to ask than the professor himself, here he is reading the opening to the Fellowship of the Ring. At 00:23 he says "'No' said Gandalf..." Tolkien seems to pronounce it as most would expect (or at least as always seemed obvious to me), "gand" as in gander and "alf" as in Alfred or alpha. However, Tolkien seems to split the two syllables as "gan" ...


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You might find this page useful. It details even vague connections, themes and references that each name in The Matrix has, including some for Thomas A. Anderson, those mainly being: Thomas means "Twin", in reference to the fact that he's been "living two lives", one as Thomas and the other as Neo. Thomas is also the name of one of Jesus' disciples, namely "...


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Pure speculation, but I'd like to point out that an in-universe answer may relate to the use of "first" in a context other than to mean chronologically, but instead to mean "primary", or "foremost". It's the first order you should think about when you wake up in the morning, not the first order to ever have existed.


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Primarily, 'moon' is too general. Luna refers to Earth's moon, not other moons, of other planets. People outside SF&F have no reason to think about any other moons, for the most part, so saying 'The Moon' is distinct, and understood. In a setting where you are talking about other planets and THEIR moons, saying 'The Moon' is meaningless, particularly ...


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Assuming the subtitles haven't missed any instances, Harry Potter's full name occurs 134 times in total. 17 times in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 26 times in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 6 times in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 12 times in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 6 times in Harry Potter and the Order of the ...


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The idea of a true name being linked to the essence of an individual or object's being is an ancient philosophical and mystical concept predating the novel, and the fantasy and science fiction genres. @recognizer commented on the notable use of true names in Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea milieu: By the Illusion-Change you can make it look like a diamond—or a ...


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I'm unclear whether it's a case of the tail wagging the dog, but it's notable that Agent Smith's car (in Matrix Reloaded) has the plate IS5416 (Isiah 54:16) "Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals, and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy..." This seems a pretty solid description of Agent ...


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As far as I can tell there's no major etymological connection between them. Obviously Tolkien wrote the languages (Quenya/Sindarin) on which both names are supposedly based but I've seen no evidence that he intended the names to be similar. Sauron - From Saura ('putrid'); literally he is the "Putrid One" Saruman - From Saru ('skill'); literally he is the "...


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"Strider" wasn't an insulting name Aragorn was known to the people of Bree as a stern outsider who kept to himself. That was enough for him to be looked on with suspicion even by good people like Butterbur. When Bill Ferny speaks insultingly of him, he says '‘I suppose you know who you’ve taken up with? That’s Stick-at-naught Strider, that is! Though I’...


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Background: In the comments to this question, Who wrote "Ode to Spot" and Data's other poem? @Praxis questioned why I hadn't accepted his answer yet and it was suggested that that it would move him to poetry when I did. Well, this is my penance. In doing the research to compose the response, and racking my brain over where to post it ...


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The nice thing about e-Books: searches. The phrase "Uncle Ben" does not appear in the Star Wars novelization. There are 55 instances of "uncle" and all of them refer to Uncle Owen. Thanks to Valorum, we know the phrase "Uncle Ben" doesn't appear in any of the 17 official novelisations, nor in any of the new "Journey to the Force Awakens" novels, nor ...


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From the Wookiepedia Red Five was the call sign for the fifth member of Red Squadron. After the Rebel pilot Luke Skywalker who flew as Red Five during the Battle of Yavin destroyed the first Death Star, the name became synonymous with the actual X-wing fighter he flew In many air forces, the designation is based on the craft's position in the formation ...


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Thranduil is, indeed, a name invented by J. R. R. Tolkien himself. There was also a strange Elf clad in green and brown, Legolas, a messenger from his father, Thranduil, the King of the Elves of Northern Mirkwood. And seated a little apart was a tall man with a fair and noble face, dark-haired and grey-eyed, proud and stern of glance. The ...


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The reason why people in a science-fiction future would call the moon Luna is explained in Seeds' answer. If, like most people today, you only know about one moon, you can just call it the moon. If there are lots of moons that play a part in your life—you read about them in the papers, visit them on vacations, go to work on them, etc.—and if all the other ...


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Not the specifics, unfortunately. Much of what we know comes from Unfinished Tales: Mithrandir [T]he last-comer was named among the Elves Mithrandir, the Grey Pilgrim, for he dwelt in no place, and gathered to himself neither wealth nor followers, but ever went to and fro in the Westlands from Gondor to Angmar, and from Lindon to Lórien, befriending all ...


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No, his real name is Harry James Potter, not Henry. There's no evidence that his real name is Henry. Throughout the book he is always called Harry. And his official O.W.L results address him as Harry. Harry James Potter has achieved Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Chapter 5 As this is an official document, it's almost certain that it would use ...


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As far as we know, Maul is Darth Maul's pre-Sith name. He was born a Nightbrother and has brothers with similarly evil-sounding names: Savage Opress and Feral. Maul's last name may be considered "Opress" since that's the last name of his brother Savage; on the other hand Maul's mother, Talzin, doesn't seem to have a last name. Not all Sith change their ...


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There are several areas where Luna stood out in Harry's mind: She was the first person he knew who could also see the Thestrals She was a member of Dumbledore's Army She went with Harry and company to the Ministry of Magic at the end of Order of the Phoenix She was held captive by the Death Eaters as leverage over her father I think that she gave as much ...


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According to George Lucas' retcon Rolling Stone interview in 2005: How did you get the name Darth Vader? "Darth" is a variation of dark. And "Vader" is a variation of father. So it's basically Dark Father. All the names have history, but sometimes I make mistakes -- Luke was originally going to be called Luke Starkiller, but then I realized that wasn'...


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Quite simply because it rhymes. There is no suggestion that Marvin is clinically paranoid anywhere in the series. Zaphod Beeblebrox is the first person to use the epithet in the radio series. Also, he calls Marvin many things as the series progresses. However, it is the Paranoid Android that sticks. Most characters refer to Marvin as a Robot, not as an ...


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Name choices in wizarding families will be different from non-wizarding ones. In addition, names go in and out of fashion, and we can expect different naming trends in different generations. Bear in mind that teachers such as Dumbledore are at least a generation older than Harry's parents. There also appears to be some variation between wizarding families. ...


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TIE stands for Twin Ion Engine - sub-light propulsion technology behind these small fighter/bomber crafts. TIE itself is not initially associated with the Empire, but the Empire commissioned these fighters on such a large scale that it made them their signature craft during the Galactic Civil War. Out-of-universe, the name was coined by George Lucas, ...


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SciFi authors select stars that can be seen in their backyard, are close by, or both. Rigel is featured because it is bright and therefore well known. But it is not close, compared to other bright stars. Let us see how Rigel compares to other celebrities: Top 10 brightest stars in Earth's sky: 1. Sirius: The Patrick Stewart of the sky. "Sirius in fiction" ...


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I have gathered some information but this answer will change in time. Tolkien did indeed intend the name Samwise to be "half-wit" Various times throughout his letters Tolkien discusses the name of Samwise, however, while he did intend to name him the "half-wit" Tolkien had a lot of love for the character. Sam by the way is an abbreviation not of Samuel ...


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