As With the Shepherd's Panpipe Playing

Plenilune was not done surprising her.

You must excuse my burgeoning curiosity.  I have finished (with a day to spare, but don't tell anyone yet) I have finished Actually Finishing Something July and am looking on beyond my scene to what comes next.  I have a cup of tea, there is a beautiful rain coming down, there is a cat on my lap, and lovely, sleepy music is playing in the background.  It is the perfect situation in which to write.  So you must excuse my curiosity.  I dare swear anything will remind you of your novel when that is all you are thinking about, but now I want to know:

What do you think of when you hear the name "Plenilune"?

As evidenced by my in-progress giveaway, I like names.  I like coming up with them; I like, even more, having come up with a really good one.  I don't always make them up myself, sometimes they are preexisting names: "plenilune," like "adamantine," is not a word of my own invention, but it is one of the most important titles in the whole story.  So tell me what you think!  What images does it conjure for you?  Does it sound odd?  Does it sound pretty?  Does it sound like Bilbo with a head-cold?  I want to see what the readers think! 

12 ripostes:

  1. For me, words are all interconnected, and when I hear an unfamiliar one, I automatically associate its syllables with similar-sounding words. When I think of Plenilune, I think lutes and plenty. Maybe that sounds silly, but it's the mental image that my brain conjures up. It's ethereal somehow, but there's something harder and stronger underneath. It definitely sounds pretty, but it also sounds as if there's far more to it than a merely pretty string of letters.
    Does that make sense? :D

  2. Hmmm...the first thing that the word "Plenilune" reminds me of is the French song "Au Clair De La Lune", merely due to the moon in both. Next, Tolkien said it was one of the loveliest words in the English language; therefore, it reminds me of Tolkien (and by extension, fantasy.) And lastly, it is substantial yet flighting, with the connection to the full moon.

    Oh, and along with #2: it reminds me of cellar doors, because "cellar door" is also one of the prettiest phrases.

    You see, I knew what it meant, so I already have mental connections; but it's a beautiful word.

  3. I'd have to say Plenilune makes me think of a large silvery moon shining on a still lake.

  4. For some odd reason a couple years back I made myself memorise Tolkien's two Man in the Moon poems. The first, The Man in the Moon stayed up too late, is the better known one, as it appears in Lord of The Rings. The second, The Man in the Moon came down to soon is a little longer, but is my favourite as it has a intricate rhyming scheme and he uses such beautiful words as "sanguine", "filigree", "populous", "viands", "phosphorescent", "ingle-nook", "drouth" and, naturally - as this is about the Man in the Moon - "plenilune". It was the first time I heard the word, so naturally when you mention it, I think of that section of the poem:

    At plenilune, in his argent moon
    in his heart he longed for Fire:
    Not the limpid lights of wan selenites;
    for red was his desire,
    For crimson and rose and the ember-glows,
    for flame with burning tongue
    For the scarlet skies in a swift sunrise
    when a stormy day is young.

  5. It makes me think of a white marble castle with turrets...

  6. The name makes me thing of a fairy-tale moon peeping out from behind dark castle turrets. It sounds silvery, but rich and majestic. However, when I think of your novel - what you've said about it - I think of it in warmer tones. One of my perceptions must be mistaken, I suppose.

  7. Plenty, plentiful, horn of plenty
    A horn of plenty with glossy fruit spilling out over a sand-colored floor
    Folds of something dark red and shining and fuzz-furred like velvet
    Intense, mellow sweetness, like summer honey

  8. It makes me think of fantasy. I can't say that it reminds me of anything in particular. But the letters look right together. A sort of beauty. And it sounds very nice in my head, the way that satin? silk? gloves up to the elbows are elegant.

    Oh dear, that probably makes sense. >.<

  9. Plenilune always makes me think "plenty." No wonder there. ;) But it also brings on a flood of memories of your posts, snippets, etc, along with a couple other random things that decide to come along for unknown reasons, and that can't exaclty be put into words. Like a road trip we took a while back (who knows why that is there...). Conversations with Elizabeth Rose in our bedroom late into the night about blogging and those in the blogging world (yep, you've appeared in one or two of those conversations, along with a "I really want to read Plenilune!"). Odd dreams I've had about writing and characters of mine (it's kinda odd that it makes me think of that, too...).
    So yeah, Plenilune brings on a multitude of thoughts, as most words do for me. :)

  10. Opals and gold and crimson velvet and the deep dusky hours of twilight.

  11. Anna, each one of those words got round my heart and squeezed it tight. Are you sure it is your eyes you are looking out of, and not mine?

    Tolkien's poem was the first time I came across the word "plenilune," and aren't I glad I found it! You all seem to have generally the same picture, and it interests me that your mental images are almost universally vague, or rich, or mellow. You all seem to like it, and you all seem to be comfortable with it - though perhaps not sure you ought to be comfortable.

    For myself, the word sounds like the way velvet purrs when you touch it, or the laugh of light on a knife when you draw it - both together, really. :)

  12. I awarded you!