Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme in which we answer a question about books or reading. Go over there and check out the other answers.
Do you have any pet that has a name inspired by your readings?
If not, what would you pick if you DID?
Do any of your friends have book-based names for their pets? (Or their children?)
Oh, yes. Our cat is named Solan Húrin, so there’s two literary references. Solan is after a feisty bird (an antropomorf magpie called Solan Gundersen) in a beloved Norwegian book series called Flåklypa Tidende by Kjell Aukrust. He’s also a movie and theater star. Kjell Aukrust described Solan Gundersen like this: “He’s a morning bird, nonchalant, and was hatced in an aspen tree by the river Glomma. He’s an eternal optimist, always wearing felt slipper and a scarf, and isn’t too bothered by high moral standards.”….so basically he’s a bird shaped cat…. Húrin is from J.R.R. Tolkien and is the name Solan got from his breeders. We kept it of course.
Our old cat, beloved pet for almost 15 years, was named Shevek. He was named after the main character in Ursula K. Le Guin’s great and much awarded science fiction novel “The Dispossessed“.One of my favorite books.
I don’t think any of our friends have named their children after book characters, but some good friends named their cat Gulliver. I think Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift played a part in that particular decision.