The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings, of the familiar terms on today’s maps of the World, Europe, the British Isles and the United States. For instance, where you would normally expect to see the Sahara indicated,the Atlas gives you “The Tawny One” derived from Arab el-sahra “the fawn coloured, desert”.
Etymology (OGr. etymon “true sense” and logos “speech, oration, discourse, word”) is the study of the origin and history of words.
Once the names have been taken back to their roots and translated into English, it is immediately apparent that our world has an extraordinary affinity with Middle-earth, the mythical continent where the events of Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ are played out. Middle-earth’s evocative “Midgewater”, “Dead Marshes” and “Mount Doom” are strikingly similar in nature to Europe’s “Swirlwater”, “Darkford” or “Smoky Bay”, as revealed by the Atlas of True Names.
Many geographical names are clearly rooted in Man’s observation of his natural environment; the physical location of a settlement: “At the Foot of the Mountain” – Piedmont, the character of an important water course: “The Gentle One” – The Seine or even just the local vegetation: “Under the Oaks” – Potsdam.
Unsurprisingly, countries and landscapes often derive their names from the characteristics of the people who lived there: “The Great Land of the Tattooed” –Great Britain, whilst mythology and regional rulers also frequently leave their legacy: “Isle of the Monster’s Eve” –Peleponnese.
.The Atlas of True Names restores an element of enchantment to the world we all think we know so well. It takes the reader on a journey into the unknown — a unique exploration of uncharted territory in that familiar place we all know as ‘home’
.Take a look at the world through fresh eyes!
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