I have another related question about naming your characters; is it possible to find any new names, [that sound ok], and should I even be endeavoring to find entirely original names? There seem to be so many fantasy books out there, some of them filled with huge numbers of invented names, and more than I can read in my life time. So, I can't know all the names that have been used, and does it really matter if my names are apparently borrowed from other books? I thought I had thought of a great name for one of my characters, but it was a subconscious borrowed one from Tolkien [Elrohir, one of Elronds twin sons], oops! Before I had read much I thought it was 'against the rules' to use known place/character names for your own books. ie Gilead, a bible place name used in Christopher Paolinis' Eragon series], a cool word by the way, love the way it rolls across my tongue! Any way, interested to hear your thoughts!