Handshakes 21: Merry and Pippen 10 Comments Merry and Pippin! I nearly squealed in delight! There are quite a group of people born around the 60′s/70′s with the name Merry and Pippin. Very popular among hippies. In 10 years time we’ll probably have a bunch of “Arthas”‘s and “Kane”‘s. Now there’s a frightening thought! Then again, if I ever have kids I’m planning on mining Arthurian legend and other mythological sources for names, so I guess I can’t point too many fingers. There’s a bunch of “Bellas” and “Edwards” being born. Not Isabella but Bella. Terrifying that they’re breeding, but at least the kids have somewhat normal names so they won’t be mocked in school as much. A word of advice; never underestimate the versatility of schoolyard mockery. Lord of the Rings reference…? Highly and hilariously likely…then again, I’d imagine those nicknames saw at least SOME use before Tolkien’s books were published. Well, the whole thing is, for Jon’s middle name to be from LOTR, ‘Merry’ is just the shortened version from Meriadoc. I actually kinda like that name… I’ve wondered for nearly 23 years why anybody would want to be NORMAL. Silly humans half-humans and thing-creatures. I love the way Jim’s ear pricks up backwards like that. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * Website Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.