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Hallo!

Today I wish to speak of two Albic names I have recently discovered.

The first name is _Madar_, which means 'middle island' in Old Albic,
and has been used for two different islands.  The first is the one
now known as the Isle of Man; obviously, it was named so because it
lies in the middle between the two major British Isles.  The second
of the two islands named thus is Madeira, which lies in the middle
between the Azores and the Canary Islands.  In the highly
conservative Madeirese language, the name has essentially stayed
the same into modern times, and the Madeirese speakers still refer
to their island as _Madar_.  Of course, _Madar_ sounds much like
_Madeira_, the latter meaing 'wood' in Portuguese; apparently, we
are dealing with a folk etymology here.

The second name is _Olias_.  Progressive rock aficionados may
recall the album _Olias of Sunhillow_ by Jon Anderson, which relates
the tale of a hero, named Olias, who builds a spaceship and leads
his people out of their doomed homeland into a new world.  For quite
a while, I have suspected an Albic source here, given the presumed
Ivernic (Irish Elvish) descent of Jon Anderson.  Of course, _Olias_
cannot be a personal name in Old Albic: the /i/ would be umlauted
by the following /a/ to /e/, and personal names always end in /o/
for males and /e/ for females.

But the name is from a modern Albic language, namely the Ivernic
language spoken by Jon's forebears.  Its Proto-Albic etymon is
*walajasawa; in Classical Old Albic, the name is _ValÍso_.  This
name consists of the Proto-Albic roots *wal- 'heart' (Old Albic
_vala_, Ivernic _ol_) and *jas- 'to boil' (Old Albic _jasa_).
Apparently, the bearer of this name (if one assumes that it is a
chosen name, as to be expected for names adult Elves are known
by) was a highly energetic individual!

So who is or was this ValÍso/Olias?  He is a mythological hero
- the man who told the Elves of the new land beyond the Sundering
Sea, called them to build ships and led them from the war-torn
continent into their new homeland in the British Isles.  This is
quite similar to Anderson's story of Olias of Sunhillow - he just
put the hero and his people into space, as was fashionable in the
1970s.  It helps that the ValÍso of Old Albic mythology is said
to hail from a place named _Aredon_, which can be translated as
'Sunhillow'!

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