In The Wheel of Time Comic-Con @ Home panel, showrunner Rafe Judkins didn’t pronounce the character’s name Moiraine the same way the books suggest.
Like most fantasy and science fiction stories, The wheel of time contains an abundance of invented words and names. When they’re on the page, how these names are pronounced can vary from reader to reader, but how the TV adaptation will approach them is a different matter.
Appearing for an interview on today’s Comic-Con @ Home, showrunner Rafe Judkins discussed the casting of an important character from The wheel of time, Moiraine Damodred. He pronounced his first name with the pronunciation “moy-RAIN”, which is a reasonable assumption of the way it is spelled. However, there is evidence that the creator of Moiraine, author Robert Jordan, wanted it to be said differently.
While Jordan didn’t follow in JRR Tolkien’s footsteps in creating entire fictional languages, he poured a tremendous amount of detail into the world he created for. The wheel of time. This included an appendix in each book, listing the characters, places, and terminology that appeared, often with a guide on how to pronounce the words. In the first volume of the series, Eye of the world, Moiraine has an annexed entry which can be seen below.
So far, none of the cast on the show has been heard saying Moiraine’s name, but Judkins’ interview may imply that the show will deviate from the pronunciation suggested by the books of “mwah-RAIN”. It can also be a matter of individual interpretation: the audio books in the series use a pronunciation somewhere between “mwah” and “moy”.
While how the character’s name is pronounced is a relatively minor concern, fans with a long history of books may be concerned. On the other hand, they may just adapt to the change after hearing it regularly spoken aloud for the first time.
Although The wheel of timeSeason 1 of ‘s faces numerous production delays, Amazon has now confirmed that it will air in November of this year. A trailer is slated for release before the end of the summer, and the show has been renewed early for Season 2, which is currently filming.
Executive produced and written by Judkins, The wheel of time stars Pike as Moiraine Damodred and Daniel Henney as his guardian, Lan. They will be accompanied on their journey by five young villagers played by Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford, Zoë Robins, Barney Harris and Madeleine Madden. The cast continues to grow to accommodate the many characters in the epic book series, which will provide plenty of future opportunities for fans to feud over how to say their names.
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Source: Comic-Con @ Home
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