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Tylnor Cultural Glossary

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Tylnor Cultural Glossary

Cross-references are in italics.


Aegom [aek(>aeg)+ om = "of the land"] "Lord of the Land," another name for Olmanum.

Aekaedum [akad + um = sea-god/lord. -aed is used as a negative suffix. i.e. aekaed = "not the land"] "Lord of the Sea, the lord/god of the sea and storms.

Ailenaek [aylen + ak = gate-land] "Land of the Gate," the Tylnorish realm at the northern end of the great sea where the Tronailenu, "The Three Gates," have been built by the Tylnor. The Three Gates are named Mogailen "First Gate," Ailengar "The Guardian Gate," and Galailena "Little Gate" (Sometimes colloquially referred to as Gai (pronounced "guy"), Gar ("gair"), and Gal).

Ailenkyn [aylen + kyn. lit., "gate-clan"] The Ailenkyn are the hereditary keepers of the gates of Ailenaek. Legend has it that they are descendants of Vaelund.

Broegaen [broek(>g) + aen. lit., "one who speaks."] The broegaen of a tronulumdaed is the "speaker." He or she is the one who pronounces the official decrees of the council, records them in the annals of the kyn, and serves as the "memory" of the clan. This person also serves as the supreme judge in legal disputes. This post emulates the position of Broegaenumon in the divine tronulumdaed.

Broegaenumon [broek(>g) + aen + um + on = speak - nominalizer -of the gods/lords, lit. "the one of the gods who speaks"] Often shortened to Broegaen. One of the Tronulumdaed. He is the god/lord of speech, language, and writing. He manifested himself as Frogar, the "Serpent Guardian," and thus gave the Tylnor their written language.

Bruhyl [brukh(>h) + yl = "because of a desire/wish"]. Bruhyl's parents desired a child and were given one. Bruhyl is the heroine of a number of legends including the Tronogdavu.

Dolgaenaek [dolk(>g) + aen + aek = dead - nominalizer -land, lit. "The land that is a dead one"] "Realm of the Dead," the realm of the unworthy dead ruled by Ogdolgaen.

Dorumirgom [dor + um + irk(>g) + om = lit., "battle-lord-of the North"] "Battle-Lord of the North," another name for Fylga.

Drushek [lit., "being of stillness/quiet," i.e., quiet being] A loan word from the Drushek (trw.ck.) One of the other native beings of Krslan (with the Tylnor and the Ersylan). They are originally from the island of Akstan but were driven out by the Varalsans and have migrated throughout Kryslan, especially east of the Great Sea. A number of Tylnor are members of the Drushek order.

Ersylae [ersi + l + aen = to be strange or foreign + nominalizer. lit., "those that are strange" i.e. foreigners, outsiders, "those who don't belong"] The name of the tribe that Fylga and the Tylnor drove out of the Ogdafyl as their second test of worthiness.

Fenaegaen [fenaek (>g) + aen. lit., "One who is knows/understands"] A spiritual master of the Tylnor.

Fylga [fyl + ga. lit., "light/day/beacon + great." -ga is a superlative marker] He formed the first Tronulumdaed of the Fylgakyn with Vaelund and Tronuld. Fylga was the first umwold, chief among equals in that first Tronulumdaed. Many legends are told of Fylga and his tales fill a large cycle of the stories of the Dumfaru Tylnoron "The Sagas of the Tylnor."

Fylgakyn [Fylga + kyn. lit., "Fylga-house/family/clan"] The predominant tribe of the Tylnor. Other prominent clans include the Wolmakyn, Broegarkyn, Ailenkyn, and Gylgakyn. Gylga, for example, was Fylga's brother who ventured farther north into Tylnorak and established the cities deep in the mountains.

Fylirnogom [fyl + ir + nok(>g) + om. lit., "of the light and of the dark, of the day and night." ir is a conjunction] "The Tale of Day and Night," a legend of Mognokum and Galyluma.

Froegar [froe + gar. lit., "serpent-guardian"] The great serpent that was waiting at the end of the pass through the Garuzolnei mountains for Fylga and the rest of the Tylnor. Fylga attacked the serpent, mortally wounding it. As it lay dying, it used its own blood to write symbols on the surrounding ground and rocks while uttering cries. In this way, the Tylnor obtained their writing system when Vaelund understood what the Serpent was doing. The Serpent vanished after it died. The writing system, called the Froedumu "the serpent letters," was refined by Vaelund. Froegar was, in fact, a manifestation of Broegaenumon.

Gahara [ga + gar(>har) + a. lit., "little guardian." ga+--+a is a way of forming the diminutive] A nickname of Bruhyl.

Galyluma [ga + l + yl + um + a. lit., "little cloak god/lord." Diminutive of "yl-um"] This "goddess" is said to cover the land with her cloak at night, the stars being seen through the weave. She is patron of the night, rest, and healing. She is the sister/female counterpart of Mognokum.

Gylnorburaenom [gylnor + bur + aen + om. lit., "dwellings - of those who protect."] Dwellings of the gods, accessible to mortals only by permission of the Tronulumdaed.

Garuzolnei [ga + ru(a) + zol + nei. lit., "little (something) - some of the mountains."] The portion of the mountain range that stands at the entrance to Tylnoraek. Also called the Morgylzolu (see Morgaenumon).

Kryslaen [krysl + aen. lit., "that which nourishes, sustains, nutures."] The world inhabited by the Tylnor, Elasin, Drushek and all other beings.

Kyn House, clan, tribe. The descendants of an illustrious ancestor (Fylgakyn) or traditional inhabitants of a particular region (Ailenkyn).

Muraeskraegaen [mur + aes + kraegaen. lit., "stone-cleaver."] Stone Cleaver, the sword of Fylga, forged by Vaelund.

Mognokum [mog + nok + um. lit., "first-night-lord."] "Lord of the First Night. The god who created the Tronulumdaed from its thumb and two fingers (He had only three digits.). He also covered the world in his cloak (yl), shielding the land from the harsh rays of the sun. The cloak was subsequently given to Galyluma, who continues the task of tucking the world in at night.

Morgaen [mork(>g) + aen. lit., "one who is strong"] One of the members of a kyn's tronulumdaed, usually the war-leader, but also the head of the security forces that keep the peace.

Morgaenumon [mork(>g) + aen + um + on. lit., "the one who is strong among the gods."] Often shortened to Morgaen. One of the Tronulumdaed. Morgaenumon is the personification of strength, the war leader. He is a patron of war, but also of peace, for it is he who maintains peace against the forces of chaos. His test for Fylga and the Tylnor was the traversing of the Garuzolnei mountains. The Garuzolnei were formed by Morgaen from earth scooped from the coastline of Tylnoraek. This is the origin of the land's deep fjords and irregular coastline. Morgylzolu "The Mountains (built) as a result of strength" is another name for the Garuzolnei.

Ogdafyl [ogdaev(>f) + yl. lit., "as a result of the victory."] The central plain of Tylnoraek, conquered by the Tylnor in the battles against the Ersylan. This is the area settled by the Fylgakyn.

Ogdolgaen [ogdolk(>g) + an. lit., "one who knows the way out of defeat," the cunning one] The wrathful female deity who rules the unwanted dead. Her name comes from the legend that she was banished and considered beyond redemption by the Tronulumdaed but found a way out of her predicament and set herself up as the ruler of the realm of Dolgaenaek. Murderers, thieves, and other criminals (and related undesirables) are tended to by Ogdolgaen in Dolganaek. This is the last resting place for those who have passed the point of redemption (according to the other realms). Ogdolgaen punishes those deserving of punishment (in which she delights) and uses others to do her bidding. She is notorious, but is a popular subject in art, since any number of weapons and attributes have been ascribed to her over the centuries.

Olmaenum [olm + aen + um. lit., "the god who farms/tends plants"] God of crops, the land, and of plenty/fertility. He is the son of Brogaenumon. Olmaenum's other name is Aegom.

Shekstaen [lit. "stillness/quiet (of) mind," i.e., still mind] A loan word from the Drushek (ck.stx:n.). The philosophy expounded by the Drushek and followed by a number of other races within Kryslaen.

tong-shur [lit. "hand-offering/sacrifice"] The ceremony whereby a Tylnor is given final confirmation into the priesthood of Mognokum. Mognokum is said to have used his fingers and hand to create the beings of Kryslan. In the tong-shur, the initiate cuts off his or her left hand in an act of obeisance to Mognokum and to signify their readiness to steward that which Mognokum created. Followers of Shekstan interpret Mognokum's three digits metaphorically and are thus considered heretics by the priests of Mognokum.

Tronailenu [tron + ailen + u. lit., "the three gates"] The system of gates, arches, bridges, and barricades built by the Tylnor across the straits leading to the Great Sea.

Tronogdaevu [tron + ogdaev + u. lit., "the three victories"] The Tale of the Three Victories, a cycle within the large set of sagas that relate the exploits of Bruhyl Gahara. The Tronogdaevu are sometimes referred to as the Dorong Bruhyl Gaharalom "Some of the Battle of Bruhyl Gahara."

Tronulumdaed [tron + u + l + um-daed. lit., "Divine/Royal Council of the Three."] In mythology, this refers to Woldumon, Broegaenumon, and Morgaenumon. In practical terms, each kyn is ruled by a tronulumdaed made up of a broegaen, umwold, and morgaen. Fylga was the first umwold of the Fylgakyn, Vaelund was the first broegraen, and Tronuld was the first morgaen. The Tylnor originally wanted to let Fylga serve as all three, but he declared this would upset.

Tylnor [tylnor, plural of tuld. "nomads"] The collective name of the nomads who were part of the great band that was led by Fylga.

Tylnoraek [tylnor + ak. lit., "nomads-land."] The land mass in the northwest of Kryslaen, home of the Tylnor.

Vaelund ["smith"] Fylga's smith, forger of Muraeskraegaen, broegaen of the first tronulumdaed of the Fylgakyn.

Woldum [lit., "wisdom/cunning-lord"] One of the offices of a kyn's tronulumdaed. He or she is usually the "first among equals." It is he that sets the direction of policy, inititates laws and decrees (agreed upon by the broegaen and morgaen), and negotiates treaties and other international and inter-kyn settlements (The broegaen settles intra-kyn disputes). Fylga was the first woldum of his kyn.

Woldumon [wold + um + on. lit., "wisdom/cunning/ingenuity of the gods/lords"] First among equals of the divine tronulumdaed. His test for the Tylnor was the driving out of the Ersylaen.

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