fileg (fileg) wrote,

Why am I a sparrow?

I was tagged by kip_00 to answer this:
Write a little about your name, why you chose it, what it means to you, etc. What would you change your name to, if you were changing it?

I've done this before, but it was when I was first out here on LJ.

The strange thing is, I already had a username (powzie) that is all over the internet, and that I seem to share with no one. But I thought it might keep my music life and my *Arda* life discrete, so when I posted my first story, my fingers took over and gave me the name "fileg". I love it because it is simple, easy to use, but meaningful to me, and connects me to Arda in a very strong but not so obvious way.

Fileg is, as most of you know, the Sindarin word for a small bird. I suppose there is no reason it couldn't be a small jewel, like a hummingbird, but since there are words for other particular birds, to me it stood for the ubiquitous little brown birds (or, as aspidites calls them: microaves brunii) - in particular sparrows, -that most people see so often they forget to see them.

I love them, and I find them subtle and beautiful, and they stay with you through the winter when you really need them. There is also a sly connection to the fact that my OFC is a ranger, and I think that sums up just how a ranger should be. What you see, what you don't see, when you don't see them at all -- and how startled you can be when you *do* really see them. *g*.

I've also talked in the past about how lucky I am to have notarysojac, one of the men who doesn't fall into the "Most women want to be pretty instead of smart because most men can see better than they can think" category.

I would never give it up now, but if I had chosen differently at the time I might have chosen North (or Eriol, the Tolkien concept she has her roots in). I didn't intend to expose her at that time, though she is now like secrets kept in anime (everyone knows, and *pretending* nobody else knows has become a family joke)

I'm not big on tagging people, but I'd love to hear your stories.

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