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One of the elements of these books that appeals to me is the magic of names. The idea that knowing someone/something’s true name gives you some measure of power/control over it seems to be more prevalent in fantasy than I had once thought. I find myself thinking about it as my girlfriend is watching a TV show about Rumplestiltskin. The girl in that story would gain power over him (ie. escape) if she figured out his name. I remember Bilbo being very careful too to make sure Smaug didn’t learn his name. True names are also a central concept in The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (highly recommended btw). Is anyone familiar with other stories that mention this concept or know where they came from? I wonder if Le Guin was influenced by any of those older stories or if she influenced people like Rothfuss to include the idea in their modern works.
Anyway, I just started the Farthest Shore, Earthsea book 3, today. Great stuff. Did you know her publishers have been pressuring her lately to write something more like Harry Potter?