What’s In a Name for Literary Characters

by Rachel Baker on September 1, 2013

Here’s a list of literary character names that almost wasn’t.

“Bladorthin the Grey” just doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Gandalf the Grey,” does it? Good thing J.R.R. Tolkien decided to do some name swapping. Turns out he’s in good company: here’s the story of Gandalf and other famous characters who experienced an identity change before publication.

http://mentalfloss.com/article/31145/17-famous-literary-characters-almost-named-something-else

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