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Pronunciation guide

Pronunciation guide

For the curious, a guide as to how the names of characters, races, and places in my longest works are pronounced. Feel free to ask if something you're curious about got left out.

Go to Pronunciations for Nothing Gold can Stay
Go to Pronunciations for The Furthest Leap
Go to Pronunciations for The Chronicles of Delarun
Go to Pronunciations for The Great Wave
Go to Pronunciations for The Fourth Emissary
Go to Pronunciations for the five Geren books


Hope's Passage

Humans

Alrek: 'all'-'WRECK', emphasis second syllable.
Arun: 'ARE'-'rune', emphasis 1st syllable (but 'real-world' pronunciation emphasis usually second syllable).
Boenn: 'BOW'-'en', emphasis 1st syllable.
Darren: 'DAR'-'wren', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Eban: 'E'-'ban', first syllable rhymes with 'see,' emphasis first syllable.
Gan: Rhymes with 'ran.'
Jered: 'JER'-'red', first syllable like 'Jeremiah,' emphasis first syllable.
Llir: 'Leer', somewhat extended 'l'.
Raen: 'RAY'-'en', emphasis first syllable.
Ren: 'Wren'.
Salnon: 'SAL'-'non', first syllable like 'Sally', emphasis first syllable.
Talran: 'TAL'-'ran', first syllable like in 'talent,' emphasis first syllable.
Thann: Rhymes with 'and.'

Hyarmi

humanized pronunciations
Hadaod: 'had'-'DAY'-'odd', emphasis middle syllable.
Haliuk: 'HALLY'-'uk', first part rhymes with 'tally,' second with 'book,' emphasis first syllable.
Henu: 'HEN'-'oo', emphasis first syllable.
Heruvael: 'hair'-'RUE'-'vay'-'el' third syllable rhymes with 'way,' emphasis second syllable.
Hileko: 'hill'-'ECHO', emphasis second syllable.
Hinek: 'HIN'-'eck', first syllable rhymes with 'in,' emphasis first syllable.
Horru: 'WHORE'-'rue', emphasis first syllable.
Hu-Hael: 'who'-'HEY'-'el', emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Halle: 'who'-'HA'-'lay', emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Harek: 'who'-'HAR'-'wreck', middle syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Harrel: 'who'-'HAR'-'el', middle syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Harru: 'who'-'HAR'-'oo', middle syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Holua: 'who'-'whole'-'loo'-'ah', emphasis third syllable.
Hulik: 'who'-'LICK', emphasis second syllable.

Other

ava: 'AV'-'vuh', first syllable like start of 'average,' emphasis first syllable.
avarii: 'ah'-'VAR'-'ee', second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis second syllable.
avii: 'ah'-'VEE', emphasis second syllable.
aviir: 'ah'-'VEER', emphasis second syllable.
Avarome: 'a'-'var'-'ROW'-'may', first syllable like start of 'average,' second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis third syllable.
Bivord: 'BI'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Bivordian: 'BI'-'vord'-'dee'-'an', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Fynydov: I often say 'FINNY'-'dove,' but the strict hyarmi pronunciation would be 'Fie'-'NIGH'-'dove.' Pronunciation varies by region.
Glashowal: 'GLASH'-'show'-'wall' first syllable rhymes with 'glass,' emphasis first syllable.
Glashwalian: 'glash'-'WALL'-'ian' first syllable rhymes with 'glass,' emphasis second syllable.
hyarmi: 'hi'-'ARMY', emphasis second syllable.
hu-hyarmi: 'WHO'-'hi'-'ARMY', emphasis first syllable, then third.
Vrnyden: 'Ver'-'NIGH'-'den', first syllable rhymes with 'her,' emphasis second syllable (don't ask me how many years it took me to discover the right emphasis!)

Nothing Gold can Stay

Humans

Aarvid: 'ARE'-'vid', second syllable like in 'video', emphasis first syllable.
Arun: 'ARE'-'rune', emphasis first syllable (but 'real-world' pronunciation emphasis usually second syllable).
Avelgar: 'AV'-'el'-'gar', first syllable rhymes with 'have,' last with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Dalon: 'DAL'-'on', first syllable rhymes with 'Hal,' emphasis first syllable.
Fanel: 'FAN'-'el', emphasis first syllable.
Feran: 'FAIR'-'ran', emphasis first syllable.
Garrin: 'GAR'-'in', first syllable rhymes with 'garb,' emphasis first syllable.
Kum: Rhymes with 'boom.'
Laela: 'LAY'-'el-'uh', emphasis first syllable.
Llanoneth: 'Lan'-'ON'-'eth', first syllable rhymes with 'land' but somewhat extended 'l,' emphasis second syllable.
Nonish: 'NON'-'eesh', first syllable like 'non-smoker,' emphasis first syllable.
Ris: rhymes with 'wrist.'
Serinn: 'SAIR'-'in', first syllable rhyme with 'hair,' emphasis first syllable.
Vodah: 'VO'-'dah', first syllable like 'vocation,' emphasis first syllable.

Hyarmi

humanized pronunciations
Haderr-ik: 'ha'-'DARE'-'ick', emphasis second syllable.
Hanek: 'HA'-'neck', emphasis first syllable.
Hanirr: 'ha'-'NEAR', emphasis second syllable.
Henu: 'HEN'-'noo', last syllable rhymes with 'you,' emphasis first syllable.
Heruvael: 'hair'-'RUE'-'vay'-'el' third syllable rhymes with 'way,' emphasis second syllable.
Hileko: 'hill'-'ECHO', emphasis second syllable.
Hilov: 'HI'-'lov', second syllable rhymes with 'low', emphasis first syllable.
Hilun: 'HI'-'loon', emphasis first syllable.
Hoev: 'HOE'-'ev', emphasis first syllable.
Hu-Harek: 'who'-'HAR'-'wreck', middle syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Hoeval: 'who'-'hoe'-'EH'-'vole', emphasis third syllable.

Other

ava: 'AV'-'vuh', first syllable like start of 'average,' emphasis first syllable.
Avalorn: 'AV'-'vuh'-'lorn', first syllable like start of 'average,' emphasis first syllable.
avarii: 'ah'-'VAR'-'ee', second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis second syllable.
Avarome: 'a'-'var'-'ROW'-'may', first syllable like start of 'average,' second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis third syllable.
Bivord: 'BI'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Bivordian: 'BI'-'vord'-'dee'-'an', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Glashowal: 'GLASH'-'show'-'wall' first syllable rhymes with 'glass,' emphasis first syllable.
Glashwalian: 'glash'-'WALL'-'ian' first syllable rhymes with 'glass,' emphasis second syllable.
hyarmi: 'hi'-'ARMY', emphasis second syllable.
hu-hyarmi: 'WHO'-'hi'-'army', emphasis first syllable.
Sebevord: 'SEH'-'beh'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'set,' second with 'bet,' emphasis first syllable.
Vrnyden: 'Ver'-'NIGH'-'den', first syllable rhymes with 'her,' emphasis second syllable (don't ask me how many years it took me to discover the right emphasis!)

The Furthest Leap

Humans

Adiya: 'ah'-'DEE'-'yah', second syllable rhymes with 'me', emphasis second syllable.
Barin: 'BAR'-'in', emphasis first syllable.
Boenn: 'BOW'-'en', emphasis first syllable.
Eron: 'AIR'-'on', emphasis first syllable.
Evi: 'EE'-'vee', emphasis first syllable.
Gannen: 'GAN'-'en', First syllable hymes with 'ran,' last syllable with 'then,' emphasis first syllable.
Garrin: 'GAR'-'in', first syllable rhymes with 'garb,' emphasis first syllable.
Gerid: 'ger'-'REED' first syllable rhymes with 'hair,' emphasis second syllable.
Jajen: 'JAH'-'jen', first syllable like 'say ah,' second syllable rhymes with 'when', emphasis first syllable.
Jonill: 'JOHN'-'nill', last syllable rhymes with 'ill,' emphasis first syllable.
Kirih: 'CURE'-'ih', second syllable rhymes with 'rid,' emphasis first syllable.
Lirra: 'LEER'-'ah,' emphasis first syllable.
Nadya: 'NOD'-'yah', emphasis first syllable...but there is a slight 'j' sound before the 'y'.
Rennia: 'WREN'-'ee'-'ah', second syllable rhymes with 'me,' emphasis first syllable.
Taneg: 'TAN'-'eg', second syllable rhymes with 'egg,' emphasis second syllable.
Tilnon: 'TILL'-'non', emphasis first syllable.
Tirnah: 'TEAR'-'nah', emphasis first syllable.

Other

Avalorn: 'AV'-'vuh'-'lorn', first syllable like start of 'average,' emphasis first syllable.
avarii: 'ah'-'VAR'-'ee', second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis second syllable.
Avarome: 'a'-'var'-'ROW'-'may', first syllable like start of 'average,' second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis third syllable.
Bimuth: 'BI'-'muth', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable like in 'mother,' emphasis first syllable.
Bivord: 'BI'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Bivordian: 'BI'-'vord'-'dee'-'an', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Crosvord: 'CRAWS'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'claws', second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Fynydov: I often say 'FINNY'-'dove,' but the strict hyarmi pronunciation would be 'Fie'-'NIGH'-'dove.' Pronunciation varies by region.
Glashowal: 'GLASH'-'show'-'wall' first syllable rhymes with 'glass,' emphasis first syllable.
Halin: 'HAL'-'in', emphasis first syllable.
Heruvael: 'hair'-'RUE'-'vay'-'el' third syllable rhymes with 'way,' emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Harek: 'who'-'HAR'-'wreck', middle syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Hilana: 'who'-'hill'-'ANN'-'a', last two syllables like 'anna,' emphasis third syllable.
hyarmi: 'hi'-'ARMY', emphasis second syllable.
Neston: 'NEST'-'ton', emphasis first syllable.
Nestondom: 'NEST'-'ton'-'dum', last syllable rhymes with 'dumb,' emphasis first syllable.
Sebevord: 'SEH'-'beh'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'set,' second with 'bet,' emphasis first syllable.
Vrnyden: 'Ver'-'NIGH'-'den', first syllable rhymes with 'her,' emphasis second syllable (don't ask me how many years it took me to discover the right emphasis!)

The Chronicles of Delarun

Humans

Adya: 'ODD'-'yah', emphasis first syllable...but there is a slight 'j' sound before the 'y.' Don't try too hard, she won't mind.
Ahril: 'ah'-'RILL', second syllable rhymes with 'will,' emphasis second syllable.
Alrek: 'ALL'-'wreck', emphasis first syllable.
Arun: 'ARE'-'rune', emphasis first syllable (but 'real-world' pronunciation emphasis usually second syllable).
Branek: 'BRAN'-'neck', first syllable rhymes with 'ran,' emphasis first syllable.
Caenn: 'KAY'-'en', emphasis first syllable.
Cemmia: 'CEM'-'ee'-'ah', first syllable rhymes with 'gem,' emphasis first syllable.
Darek: 'DAR'-'wreck', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Daresh: 'DAR'-'esh', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' second with 'fresh,' emphasis first syllable.
Darrah: 'DAR'-'rah', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Derlik: 'DER'-'lick' first syllable rhymes with 'her,' emphasis first syllable.
Evi: 'EE'-'vee', emphasis first syllable.
Faril: 'FAR'-'ill', emphasis first syllable.
Fennen: 'FEN'-'en', first syllable rhymes with 'when', emphasis first syllable.
Feria: 'FAIR'-'ee'-'ah', second syllable rhymes with 'me,' emphasis first syllable.
Ganil: 'GONE'-'ill', emphasis first syllable.
Gannen: 'GAN'-'en', First syllable hymes with 'ran,' last syllable with 'then,' emphasis first syllable.
Geren: 'GER'-'wren', first syllable rhymes with 'hair,' emphasis first syllable.
Garid: 'GAR'-'read', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Giria: 'GEAR'-'ee'-'ah', second syllable rhymes with 'read,' emphasis first syllable.
Ilka: 'ill'-'cah', no strong emphasis.
Ilkay: 'ill'-'KY', second syllable rhymes with 'die,' emphasis second syllable.
Jajey: 'JAH'-'jay', first syllable like 'say ah,' emphasis first syllable.
Jonel: 'JOHN'-'el', emphasis first syllable.
Kirih: 'CURE'-'ih', second syllable rhymes with 'rid,' emphasis first syllable.
Kuill: 'COO'-'ill', emphasis first syllable.
Laela: 'LAY'-'el-'uh', emphasis first syllable.
Laneah: 'lah'-'NAY'-'ah', second syllable rhymes with 'day,' emphasis second syllable.
Laell: 'lay'-'EL', second syllable rhymes with 'well,' emphasis second syllable.
Lirek: 'LEER'-'wreck', emphasis first syllable.
Lirenn: 'LEER'-'wren', emphasis first syllable.
Llao: 'LAY'-'oh', somewhat longer 'l,' emphasis first syllable.
Nered: 'NER'-'red,' first syllable rhymes with 'hair,' emphasis first syllable.
Novann: 'NO'-'van', weak emphasis first syllable.
Raina: 'RAIN'-'ah', emphasis first syllable.
Ranesh: 'RAN'-'esh', second syllable rhymes with 'fresh,' emphasis first syllable.
Reg: Rhymes with 'egg.'
Rilah: 'WRY'-'lah', emphasis first syllable.
Ronnen: 'ROW'-'nen', second syllable rhymes with 'hen,' emphasis first syllable.
Rovell: 'RAH'-'vel', second syllable rhymes with 'well,' emphasis first syllable.
Salnon: 'SAL'-'non', first syllable like 'Sally', emphasis first syllable.
Sanneh: 'SAH'-'neh', first syllable rhymes with 'ah', second syllable rhymes with 'neck,' emphasis first syllable.
Sannil: 'SA-'nill', first syllable rhymes with 'saw,' emphasis first syllable.
Sennia: 'SEN'-'i'-'uh', first syllable rhymes with 'when,' second syllable with 'knee,' emphasis first syllable.
Septurn: 'SEP'-'turn', first syllable rhymes with September, emphasis first syllable.
Serrea: 'SAIR'-'i'-'uh', first syllable rhymes with hair, second with 'knee,' emphasis first syllable.
Tarlah: 'TAR'-'lah', emphasis first syllable.
Tarlin: 'TAR'-'lin', second syllable rhymes with 'in,' emphasis first syllable.
Tasek: 'TAH'-'seck', first syllable rhymes with ',' second syllable rhymes with 'neck,' emphasis first syllable.
Thimron: 'THIM'-'ron,' first syllable rhymes with 'thin,' emphasis first syllable.
Tawa: 'TAH'-'wah', emphasis first syllable.
Timred: 'TIM'-'red,' emphasis first syllable.
Vannir: 'Van'-'near', no strong emphasis.
Varinnah: 'Var'-'RIN'-'nah', first syllable rhymes with 'far,' second syllable rhymes with 'bin,' emphasis second syllable.
Wrane: 'Rain.'
Yava: 'YAH'-'vah', emphasis first syllable.
Yavil: 'YAH'-'vill', second syllable rhymes with 'hill,' emphasis first syllable.

Other

ava: 'AV'-'vuh', first syllable like start of 'average,' emphasis first syllable.
avarii: 'ah'-'VAR'-'ee', second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis second syllable.
Avarome: 'a'-'var'-'ROW'-'may', first syllable like start of 'average,' second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis third syllable.
Bimuth: 'BI'-'muth', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable like in 'mother,' emphasis first syllable.
Bivord: 'BI'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Bivordian: 'BI'-'vord'-'dee'-'an', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Delarun: 'dell'-'ARE'-'rune', emphasis second syllable.
Enderon: 'END'-'er'-'on', emphasis first syllable.
Glashowal: 'GLASH'-'show'-'wall', first syllable rhymes with 'glass,' emphasis first syllable.
Gulrim: 'gull'-'rim', slight emphasis first syllable.
Harai: 'HAR'-'ay'-'i', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' second with 'day,' third with 'I,' emphasis first syllable.
Hadin: 'HAD'-'in', emphasis first syllable.
Haemev: 'HEY'-'AYE'-'mev', last syllable rhymes with 'eh,' two first syllables run together and emphasized.
Heruvael: 'hair'-'RUE'-'vay'-'el', third syllable rhymes with 'way,' emphasis second syllable.
Hileko: 'hill'-'ECHO', emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Haanik: 'who'-'HAH'-'nik', last syllable rhymes with 'wick,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Harek: 'who'-'HAR'-'wreck', middle syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Havenn: 'who'-'HAH'-'ven', last syllable rhymes with 'when,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Hovingen: 'who'-'HOV'-'ing'-'gen', second syllable rhymes with 'off,' last syllable rhymes with 'hen,' emphasis second syllable.
Hurrim: 'her'-'rim', no strong emphasis.
hyarmi: 'hi'-'ARMY', emphasis second syllable.
Idgton: 'IDG'-'ton', first syllable rhymes with 'ridge,' emphasis second syllable.
Lansend: 'LAN'-'send', first syllable rhymes with 'ran,' emphasis first syllable.
Neston: 'NEST'-'ton', emphasis first syllable.
Nestondom: 'NEST'-'ton'-'dum', last syllable rhymes with 'dumb,' emphasis first syllable.
Rosend: 'ROW'-'send', emphasis first syllable.
Ruarek: 'rue'-'ARE'-'wreck', first syllable rhymes with 'you,' emphasis second syllable.
Sayretfel: 'SAY'-'ret'-'fell', second syllable rhymes with 'red', emphasis first syllable.
Sebevord: 'SEH'-'beh'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'set,' second with 'bet,' emphasis first syllable.
Sutherule: 'SUTH'-'er'-'rule', first syllable like in 'southern,' emphasis first syllable.
Sutherulian: 'SUTH'-'er'-'rule'-'ian', first syllable like in 'southern,' emphasis first syllable.
Vrnyden: 'Ver'-'NIGH'-'den', first syllable rhymes with 'her,' emphasis second syllable (don't ask me how many years it took me to discover the right emphasis!)

The Great Wave

Humans

Alrek: 'ALL'-'wreck', emphasis first syllable.
Anih: 'ON'-'nih', second syllable rhymes with 'it,' emphasis first syllable.
Arun: 'ARE'-'rune', emphasis first syllable (but 'real-world' pronunciation emphasis usually second syllable).
Brann: Rhymes with 'ran.'
Daren: 'DAR'-'wren', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Davron: 'DAV'-'ron', first syllable rhymes with 'have,' emphasis first syllable.
Fannin: 'FAN'-'in', emphasis first syllable.
Jerra: 'JER'-'rah', first syllable rhymes with 'hair,' emphasis first syllable.
Kiran: 'CURE'-'rad', emphasis first syllable.
Laell: 'LAY'-'el', emphasis first syllable.
Llawrik: 'LAW'-'rick', emphasis first syllable, last syllable rhymes with 'brick.'
Lihnah: 'LIH'-'nah', first syllable rhymes with 'lid,' second syllable like 'knock,' emphasis first syllable.
Narid: 'nar'-'READ', first syllable rhymes with 'far', emphasis second syllable.
Narill: 'nar'-'ILL', first syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis second syllable.
Ren: 'Wren'.
Salih: 'SAW'-'lih', second syllable rhymes with 'lid,' emphasis first syllable...or don't even try and just say 'Sally!'
Sehid: 'SEH'-'hid', first syllable rhymes with 'set,' emphasis first syllable.
Tarish: 'TAR'-'ish', second syllable rhymes with 'fish,' emphasis first syllable.
Vonil: 'VON'-'ill', first syllable rhymes with 'on,' emphasis first syllable.

Hyarmi

humanized pronunciations
Harru: 'HAR'-'oo', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Harek: 'HAR'-'wreck', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Heruvael: 'hair'-'RUE'-'vay'-'el', third syllable rhymes with 'way,' emphasis second syllable.
Holinn: 'HOE'-'linn', second syllable rhymes with 'in,' emphasis first syllable.
Hu-Hael: 'who'-'HAY'-'el', emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Halla-ik: 'who'-'HA'-'LA'-'ick', emphasis middle syllables.
Hu-Hana: 'who'-'HON'-'nah', middle syllable rhymes with 'on,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Henal: 'who'-'HEN'-'al', last syllable rhymes with 'pal,' emphasis second syllable.
Hurr: 'Her'.

Other

ava: 'AV'-'vuh', first syllable like start of 'average,' emphasis first syllable.
avarii: 'ah'-'VAR'-'ee', second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis second syllable.
Avarome: 'a'-'var'-'ROW'-'may', first syllable like start of 'average,' second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis third syllable.
Bimuth: 'BI'-'muth', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable like in 'mother,' emphasis first syllable.
Bivord: 'BI'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Bivordian: 'BI'-'vord'-'dee'-'an', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Deketurn: 'DECK'-'a'-'turn', emphasis first syllable.
Delarun: 'dell'-'ARE'-'rune', first syllable rhymes with 'tell,' emphasis second syllable.
Glashowal: 'GLASH'-'show'-'wall', first syllable rhymes with 'glass,' emphasis first syllable.
Glashwalian: 'glash'-'WALL'-'ian', first syllable rhymes with 'glass,' emphasis second syllable.
Hafturn: 'HALF'-'turn', emphasis first syllable.
hyarmi: 'hi'-'ARMY', emphasis second syllable.
hu-hyarmi: 'WHO'-'hi'-'army', emphasis first syllable.
Kuarturn: 'QUART'-'turn', emphasis first syllable.
Kuinturn: 'QUINN'-'turn', first syllable rhymes with 'inn,' emphasis first syllable.
Lansend: 'LAN'-'send', first syllable rhymes with 'ran,' emphasis first syllable.
Neston: 'NEST'-'ton', emphasis first syllable.
Nestondom: 'NEST'-'ton'-'dum', last syllable rhymes with 'dumb,' emphasis first syllable.
Noventurn: 'NO'-'ven'-'turn', second syllable rhymes with 'when,' emphasis first syllable.
Octurn: 'OCT'-'turn', first syllable rhymes with 'block,' emphasis first syllable.
Sebevord: 'SEH'-'beh'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'set,' second with 'bet,' emphasis first syllable.
Septurn: 'SEP'-'turn', first syllable like 'except,' emphasis first syllable.
Sutherule: 'SUTH'-'er'-'rule', first syllable like in 'southern,' emphasis first syllable.
Vrnyden: 'Ver'-'NIGH'-'den', first syllable rhymes with 'her,' emphasis second syllable (don't ask me how many years it took me to discover the right emphasis!)

The Fourth Emissary

Humans

Alrek: 'all'-'WRECK', emphasis second syllable.
Arnin: 'ARE'-'nin', second syllable rhymes with 'pin.'
Narenn: 'NAR'-'wren', first syllable rhymes with 'car.'
Vakenid: 'VA'-ken'-'id', first syllable rhymes with 'ah', third syllable rhymes with 'hid', emphasis first syllable.

Hyarmi

humanized pronunciati'ons
Haelir: 'HAY'-'el'-'leer', emphasis first syllable.
Hened: 'HEN'-'ed', second syllable like the name 'Ed,' emphasis first syllable.
Heruvael: 'hair'-'RUE'-'vay'-'el', third syllable rhymes with 'way,' emphasis second syllable.
Hileko: 'hill'-'ECHO', emphasis second syllable.
Holenn: 'HOE'-'len', second syllable rhymes with 'when', emphasis first syllable.
Hu-Hael-ik: 'who'-'HAY'-'el'-'ick', emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Harek: 'who'-'HAR'-'wreck', middle syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Holua: 'who'-'hoe'-'LOO'-'ah', third syllable rhymes with 'true', emphasis third syllable.
Hu-Hovingen: 'who'-'HOV'-'ing'-'gen', second syllable rhymes with 'off,' last syllable rhymes with 'hen,' emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Hurean: 'who'-'HER'-'ee'-'an', third syllable rhymes with 'me', emphasis second syllable.

Other

avarii: 'ah'-'VAR'-'ee', second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis second syllable.
Avarome: 'a'-'var'-'ROW'-'may', first syllable like start of 'average,' second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis third syllable.
Bivord: 'BI'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Brilewek: 'BRIL'-'eh'-'wesk', first syllable rhymes with 'trill', last syllable like 'wreck' without the 'r', emphasis first syllable.
Glashowal: 'GLASH'-'show'-'wall', first syllable rhymes with 'glass,' emphasis first syllable.
Glashwalian: 'glash'-'WALL'-'ian', first syllable rhymes with 'glass,' emphasis second syllable.
hyarmi: 'hi'-'ARMY', emphasis second syllable.
Nestondom: 'NEST'-'ton'-'dum', last syllable rhymes with 'dumb,' emphasis first syllable.
Sebevord: 'SEH'-'beh'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'set,' second with 'bet,' emphasis first syllable.
Shado: 'shah'-'doe', first syllable like 'say ah,' no distinct emphasis.
Sutherule: 'SUTH'-'er'-'rule', first syllable like in 'southern,' emphasis first syllable.
Vrnyden: 'Ver'-'NIGH'-'den', first syllable rhymes with 'her,' emphasis second syllable (don't ask me how many years it took me to discover the right emphasis!)

The Geren books

Humans

Aarvid: 'ARE'-'vid', second syllable like in 'video', emphasis first syllable.
Adya: 'ODD'-'yah', emphasis first syllable...but there is a slight 'j' sound before the 'y.' Don't try too hard, she won't mind.
Ahrilah: 'ah'-'RILL'-'lah', second syllable rhymes with 'will,' emphasis second syllable.
Anih: 'ON'-'nih', second syllable rhymes with 'it,' emphasis first syllable.
Arun: 'ARE'-'rune', emphasis first syllable (but 'real-world' pronunciation emphasis usually second syllable).
Barillan: 'BAR'-'ril'-'an', second syllable rhymes with 'will,' emphasis first syllable.
Boenn: 'BOW'-'en', emphasis first syllable.
Brann: Rhymes with 'ran.'
Caenn: 'KAY'-'en', emphasis first syllable.
Cem: Rhymes with 'gem.'
Cera: 'CARE'-'ah', emphasis first syllable.
Danich: 'DON'-'ick', first syllable like 'on,' emphasis first syllable.
Daresh: 'DAR'-'esh', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' second with 'fresh,' emphasis first syllable.
Davron: 'DAV'-'ron', first syllable rhymes with 'have,' emphasis first syllable.
Derlin: 'DER'-'lynn' first syllable rhymes with 'her,' last syllable with 'in,' emphasis first syllable.
Ebann: 'EE'-ban', first syllable rhymes with 'me,' emphasis first syllable.
Ehenn: 'EE'-'hen,' first syllable rhymes with 'me,' emphasis first syllable.
Eriem: 'AIR'-'ree'-'em', middle syllable rhymes with 'me,' emphasis first syllable.
Eron: 'AIR'-'ron', emphasis first syllable.
Evael: 'EH'-'vay'-'el', middle syllable rhymes with 'way,' emphasis first syllable.
Evi: 'EE'-'vee', emphasis first syllable.
Felir: 'feh'-'LEER', emphasis second syllable.
Feria: 'FAIR'-'ee'-'ah', second syllable rhymes with 'me,' emphasis first syllable.
Ferill: 'FAIR'-'ill', emphasis first syllable.
Finni: 'FIN'-'knee', emphasis first syllable.
Gan: Rhymes with 'ran.'
Ganil: 'GONE'-'ill', emphasis first syllable.
Garid: 'GAR'-'read', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Garro: 'GAR'-'row', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Geren: 'GER'-'wren', first syllable rhymes with 'hair,' emphasis first syllable.
Ilgan: 'ill'-'GAN', second syllable rhymes with 'ran,' emphasis first syllable.
Ilka: 'ill'-'cah', no strong emphasis.
Ilkalia: 'ill'-'CAH'-'lee'-'ah', emphasis second syllable.
Ilkara: 'ill'-'CAR'-'ah', emphasis second syllable.
Ilkaun: 'ill'-'CON', emphasis second syllable.
Ilkay: 'ill'-'KY', second syllable rhymes with 'die,' emphasis second syllable.
Ilkesh: 'ill'-'kesh', second syllable rhymes with 'fresh,' no strong emphasis.
Illonn: 'ill'-'lon', second syllable rhymes with 'on,' no strong emphasis.
Ilraen: 'ill'-'RAY'-'en', emphasis second syllable.
Ilyava: 'ill'-'YAH'-'vah', emphasis second syllable.
Imro: 'IM'-'row', first syllable rhymes with 'him,' emphasis first syllable.
Irek: 'EAR'-'wreck', emphasis first syllable.
Jajey: 'JAH'-'jay', first syllable like 'say ah,' emphasis first syllable.
Jalan: 'JAL'-'an', first syllable rhymes with 'Al,' emphasis first syllable.
Jerra: 'JER'-'rah', first syllable rhymes with 'hair,' emphasis first syllable.
Jamelon: 'JAM'-'meh'-'lon', middle syllable rhymes with 'men,' last syllable with 'on,' emphasis first syllable.
Jereah: 'jer'-'RAY'-'ah', first syllable like 'Jeremiah,' emphasis first syllable.
Jered: 'JER'-'red', first syllable like 'Jeremiah,' emphasis first syllable.
Jerek: 'JAIR'-'wreck', first syllable rhymes with 'hair,' emphasis first syllable.
Jonill: 'JOHN'-'nill', last syllable rhymes with 'ill,' emphasis first syllable.
Kaliah: 'cah'-'LIE'-'ah', emphasis middle syllable, but I'd be very happy if everybody mangled it just to piss him off!
Kalle: 'CAH'-'lay', emphasis first syllable.
Karill: 'CAR'-'ill', emphasis first syllable.
Kavan: 'CAV'-'van,' first syllable rhymes with 'calf,' emphasis first syllable.
Khaleg: 'CAW'-'leg', emphasis first syllable.
Kinnon: 'KIN'-'on,' emphasis first syllable.
Kir: 'Cure.'
Kiran: 'CURE'-'ran', emphasis first syllable.
Kirlin: 'CURE'-'lin', second syllable rhymes with 'in,' emphasis first syllable.
Kirnah: 'CURE'-'nah', second syllable like 'knock,' emphasis first syllable.
Kirram: 'CURE'-'ram', emphasis first syllable.
Kirun: 'CURE'-'run', emphasis first syllable.
Kuill: 'COO'-'ill', emphasis first syllable.
Lirek: 'LEER'-'wreck,' emphasis first syllable.
Lirra: 'LEER'-'ah,' emphasis first syllable.
Llao: 'LAY'-'oh', somewhat longer 'l,' emphasis first syllable.
Llaowrin: 'lay'-'oh'-'WRINN', somewhat longer 'l,' last syllable rhymes with 'inn,' emphasis last syllable.
Llawthenon: 'LAW'-'then'-'on', somewhat longer 'l,' emphasis first syllable.
Nania: 'NON'-'ee'-'ah', first syllable like 'non-smoker,' emphasis first syllable.
Nanich: 'NON'-'ick', first syllable like 'non-smoker,' emphasis first syllable.
Naroul: 'nar'-'RULE', first syllable rhymes with 'far', emphasis second syllable.
Nered: 'NER'-'red,' first syllable rhymes with 'hair,' emphasis first syllable.
Novann: 'NO'-'van', weak emphasis first syllable.
Raen: 'RAY'-'en', emphasis first syllable.
Raina: 'RAIN'-'ah', emphasis first syllable.
Ranesh: 'RAN'-'esh', second syllable rhymes with 'fresh,' emphasis first syllable.
Reg: Rhymes with 'egg.'
Ren: 'Wren'.
Renell: 'WREN'-'el', emphasis first syllable.
Renil: 'WREN'-'ill', emphasis first syllable.
Renna: 'WREN'-'ah', emphasis first syllable.
Risan: 'REE'-'san', first syllable rhymes with 'reed,' second syllable with 'sand,' emphasis first syllable.
Ris: Rhymes with 'grease.'
Saenna: 'say'-'EN'-'ah', second syllable rhymes with 'hen,' emphasis second syllable.
Sarid: 'sar'-'REED', first syllable rhymes with 'star,' emphasis second syllable.
Savon: 'SA'-'von', first syllable rhymes with 'sat,' second with 'on,' emphasis first syllable.
Sira: 'SEAR'-'rah', emphasis first syllable.
Talben: 'TAL'-'ben', first syllable rhymes with 'Al,' emphasis first syllable.
Talich: 'TAL'-'lick', first syllable rhymes with 'Al,' emphasis first syllable.
Tamaresh: 'TAM'-'are'-'resh', last syllable rhymes with 'fresh,' emphasis first syllable.
Tanih: 'TON'-'nih', first syllable rhymes with 'on,' second rhymes with 'it,' emphasis first syllable.
Tarek: 'TAR'-'eck', second syllable as in 'echo,' emphasis first syllable.
Tarlin: 'TAR'-'lin', second syllable rhymes with 'in,' emphasis first syllable.
Teg: Rhymes with 'peg.'
Thani: 'THAN'-'knee', first syllable rhymes with 'and,' emphasis first syllable.
Thann: Rhymes with 'and.'
Therih: 'THERE'-'ih', second rhymes with 'it,' emphasis first syllable.
Thimron: 'THIM'-'ron,' first syllable rhymes with 'thin,' emphasis first syllable.
Timred: 'TIM'-'red,' emphasis first syllable.
Varnik: 'VAR'-'nick', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Vedrossor: 'VED'-'dross'-'sore', first syllable rhymes with 'bed,' emphasis first syllable.
Vonna: 'VON'-'ah', first syllable rhymes with 'on,' emphasis first syllable.
Wrane: 'Rain.'

Hyarmi

humanized pronunciations
Haarlek: 'HAR'-'lek', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' last syllable sounds like beginning of 'echo', emphasis first syllable.
Haarun: 'HAR'-'roon', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Haavel: 'HA'-'vey'-'el', second syllable rhymes with 'way,' emphasis first syllable.
Hadarek: 'HAD'-'dar'-'wreck', second syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis first syllable.
Haelir: 'HAY'-'el'-'leer', emphasis first syllable.
Hallen: 'HAL'-'len', second syllable rhymes with 'end,' emphasis first syllable.
Harai: 'HAR'-'ay'-'i', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' second with 'day,' third with 'I,' emphasis first syllable.
Haranu: 'HAR'-'ron'-'noo', first syllable rhymes with 'car,' second syllable with 'on,' third syllable wih 'you,' emphasis first syllable.
Hened: 'HEN'-'ed', second syllable like the name 'Ed,' emphasis first syllable.
Hennum: 'HEN'-'num', second syllable rhymes with 'numb,' emphasis first syllable.
Henu: 'HEN'-'noo', second syllable like 'noose,' emphasis first syllable.
Heove: 'HEY'-'oh'-'vey', first and third syllables rhyme with 'way,' emphasis first syllable.
Heruvael: 'hair'-'RUE'-'vay'-'el', third syllable rhymes with 'way,' emphasis second syllable.
Hiarmintar-ik: 'hi'-'ARE'-'min'-'tar'-'ick', emphasis second syllable, secondary emphasis fourth syllable.
Hileko: 'hill'-'ECHO', emphasis second syllable.
Hovan: 'HOE'-'van', emphasis first syllable.
Hu-Haar: 'who'-'HAR', second syllable rhymes with 'car.'
Hu-Hadenn: 'who'-'HOD'-'den', middle syllable rhymes with 'odd,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Haedil: 'who'-'HI'-'ed'-'dill', emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Hael-ik: 'who'-'HAY'-'el'-'ick', emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Hana: 'who'-'HON'-'nah', middle syllable rhymes with 'on,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Hanik: 'who'-'HON'-'ick', middle syllable rhymes with 'on,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Harek: 'who'-'HAR'-'wreck', middle syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Haril: 'who'-'HAR'-'rill', middle syllable rhymes with 'car,' last syllable rhymes with 'will,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Harra: 'who'-'HAR'-'rah', middle syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Harrim: 'who'-'HAR'-'rim', middle syllable rhymes with 'car,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Havenn: 'who'-'HAH'-'ven', last syllable rhymes with 'when,' emphasis middle syllable.
Hu-Heru: 'who'-'hair'-'RUE', emphasis last syllable.
Hu-Hilael: 'who'-'HI'-'lay'-'el', emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Hiokol: 'who'-'HE'-'ole'-'coal', emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Hiviel: 'who'-'HIV'-'ee'-'el,' second syllable rhymes with 'give,' emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Holak: 'who'-'HOE'-'lack', emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Hov: 'who'-'HOV', second syllable rhymes with 'off,' emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Hovingen: 'who'-'HOV'-'ing'-'gen', second syllable rhymes with 'off,' last syllable rhymes with 'hen,' emphasis second syllable.
Hu-Hua: 'who'-'who'-'ah', no strong emphasis.
Hu-Huttare: 'who'-'HUT'-'tar'-'ray', emphasis second syllable.
Hurekol: 'her'-'WRECK'-'col', last syllable rhymes with 'hole,' emphasis second syllable.
Hurlek: 'HER'-'lek', last syllable sounds like beginning of 'echo', emphasis first syllable.

Other

ava: 'AV'-'vuh', first syllable like start of 'average,' emphasis first syllable.
Avalorn: 'AV'-'vuh'-'lorn', first syllable like start of 'average,' emphasis first syllable.
avarii: 'ah'-'VAR'-'ee', second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis second syllable.
Avarome: 'a'-'var'-'ROW'-'may', first syllable like start of 'average,' second syllable rhymes with 'far,' emphasis third syllable.
avii: 'ah'-'VEE', emphasis second syllable.
Bimuth: 'BI'-'muth', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable like in 'mother,' emphasis first syllable.
Bivord: 'BI'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Bivordian: 'BI'-'vord'-'dee'-'an', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Bivordton: 'BI'-'vord'-'ton', first syllable rhymes with 'bit,' second syllable with 'ford,' emphasis first syllable.
Blesbayove: 'BLES'-'bay'-'ove', first syllable rhymes with 'west,' third syllable with 'cove,' emphasis first syllable.
Blestriel: 'BLES'-'tree'-'el', first syllable rhymes with 'west,' emphasis first syllable.
Chenbleswal: 'CHEN'-'bles'-'wall', first syllable rhymes with 'hen,' emphasis first syllable.
Ebonfel: 'eh'-'BON'-'fell', second syllable like in 'bonfire,' emphasis second syllable.
Enderon: 'END'-'er'-'on', emphasis first syllable.
Fynydov: I often say 'FINNY'-'dove,' but the strict hyarmi pronunciation would be 'Fie'-'NIGH'-'dove.' Pronunciation varies by region.
Glashowal: 'GLASH'-'show'-'wall' first syllable rhymes with 'glass,' emphasis first syllable.
Glashwalian: 'glash'-'WALL'-'ian' first syllable rhymes with 'glass,' emphasis second syllable.
hyarmi: 'hi'-'ARMY', emphasis second syllable.
hu-hyarmi: 'WHO'-'hi'-'army', emphasis first syllable.
Lansend: 'LAN'-'send', first syllable rhymes with 'ran,' emphasis first syllable.
Nestondom: 'NEST'-'ton'-'dum', last syllable rhymes with 'dumb,' emphasis first syllable.
Rosend: 'ROW'-'send', emphasis first syllable.
Sebevord: 'SEH'-'beh'-'vord', first syllable rhymes with 'set,' second with 'bet,' emphasis first syllable.
Secwur: 'SEC'-'wier', first syllable like in 'second,' second like in 'wierd,' emphasis first syllable.
Shado: 'shah'-'doe', first syllable like 'say ah,' no distinct emphasis.
shadowe: 'shuh'-'DOW'-'way', first syllable rhymes with 'shut,' emphasis second syllable.
Sutherule: 'SUTH'-'er'-'rule', first syllable like in 'southern,' emphasis first syllable.
Sutherulian: 'SUTH'-'er'-'rule'-'ian', first syllable like in 'southern,' emphasis first syllable.
Vrnyden: 'Ver'-'NIGH'-'den', first syllable rhymes with 'her,' emphasis second syllable (don't ask me how many years it took me to discover the right emphasis!)

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