This is related to the thread about plagiarism and references, but it's more specific, focusing on names.
Apparently, there was a cartoon called Visionaries: Knights of The Magical Light in the 1980s, about two groups of magic knights.List of characters
The one woman in the main group, the spectral Knights, who could use healing magic, was called Galadria, basically Galadriel with a at the end instead of e and l.
Here what's the average person, familiar with Tolkien, would think of a character named "Galadria". "Hmmm, has a name very, very similar to Tolkien character, and also has healing magic and blonde hair."
Now, I have a dwarf character in the thing I'm drafting right now, the same guy I mentioned in the plagiarism thread, who is not only named Thorin, but a distant relative of the newly-elected dwarf king, so everyone he meets in this world that hears this fact keeps on saying, "When are you
going to be king?" or "Why aren't you
So the situation is pretty much the same. "Hmm, very similar name to a Tolkien character, connected to a dwarven king..." Am I allowed to say that this character's father's name is Draupnir Oakshield?
edited 26th Jan '13 11:23:54 PM by MorwenEdhelwen