Having trouble pronouncing some of those names in Night Bells? Have no fear! I have created a handy pronunciation guide for you! This guide will be linked in the Night Bells page on the website for those who need to reference it again. Without further ado:

ANNAR— An-ahr (“an” as in “fan” and “ahr” as in “are”)

ARNA— AHR-nah (the “a” acts more like the sound “a” makes in “father”)

ASMUND— AZ-muhnd (the “a” is prounounced like the “a” in “cat”)

DERIK— Derr-ik (think “err” as in “to ere is human”)

FANNDIS— (FAN-dis (“fan” sound just like a “fan” you would use to cool yourself)

FENRIS— Fen-riss (“fen” rhymes with “pen)

FREY— Fr-ay (“ay” as in “say”–the long “a” sound)

IVAN— Ai-vuhn (“ai” like the sound of the “y” in “sky”)

JORDIS— Yore-diss (again, “j’s” are pronounced like “y” sound)

JORI— Yore-ee (“j’s” in the book are pronounced with a “y” sound. “I’s” are usually prounounced with the “ee” sound like in “tree”)

KIMBLI— KIM-blee (again, “i” makes the long “ee” sound)

LIV— Li-v (easy one)

LIZBET— LIZ-bet (the “bet” is very short and clipped–much emphasis on the first syllable)

MASLYN— MAZ-lin (the “a” is short like in “cat” // the “i” is short like in “grin”)

MIKA— Mee-kuh (“i” is pronounced like a long “e”)

NAR— Nahr (again, “ahr” pronounced like the word “are”)

NEW KRISTIANSAND— Nyoo (or Noo) Kris-chian-sand

NORA— Nore-uh (again, you can use “uh” or “ah” for the final syllable)

OLAN— Oh-luhn

SABLE— SAY-buhl (long “a” sound on the first syllable)

SEIDH— SAY-th ( long “a” sound on the first syllable and the “th” is pronounced softly like in the word “slither”)

STIGG— Stigg (simple one :-))

ULLA— OO-luh (think “oo” as in “food” and the “luh” can also be pronounced “lah”)

ULF— Uhll-ff (think “u” as in “full”)

VALKYRIE— VAL-kuh-ree (“a” is short like in “cat” and the “y” makes a shwa sound (“uh”))

VRIK— Vri-k (this is a difficult sound for some English speaking natives. The “vr” combination is very similar to the beginning sound in the sound word “vroom”)

I’ll bet your wondering at some of the “inconsistencies” with the pronunciation of the “a” vowel” in some of these names. Well, maybe you’re not if you aren’t a language geek like me. My short answer is this: vowels like “a” are pronounced many different ways in most languages. Because Niflheim is a planet that was colonized by people from many different language backgrounds, they brought all of their various word pronunciations to the table. “A” is sometimes pronounced “ah” and sometimes as a short “a”. The language spoken by many people on Niflheim is a combination of Ancient Earth Finnish, Danish, and Norwegian called Nyrtala. Some minorities on the world have their own privately derived languages.

Hope it was helpful and that you enjoyed it! Haven’t read Night Bells yet? If you’d like to, it is available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Nobles.com.

Have a great day!

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