Firstly, Is it a hard-and-fast rule that you should not have characters names starting with the same letter? i.e. Sauron/Saruman I realised after much searching/stresssing the names I was happy with for my main characters included three that start with the same letter- does it matter? I remember struggling with Sauron/Saruman when I started TLOTR. Another thing I'm wondering about is must I choose names that are derived from the same language/languages for one people group? And when a lot of the names are made up by me, how do I make them sound like they come from the same group of people? Ditto for town/country names, they have to fit with the feel/sound of the neighboring ones, don't they? How to? Any thoughts appreciated.