[This article is spoiler-free but may indirectly reference the plot and characters. If your radar for foreshadowing and symbolism analysis is top-tier, I suggest you read this another time after you’re done with Blue Lions and Black Eagles.]
Fire Emblem Three Houses is my first entry into the franchise and I’ve been completely charmed by its lore,plot,characters,setting and gameplay. (Basically, everything about it)
And when you’re absorbed by its fandom and content, you get curious and try to associate certain aspects in the game to real life. Also, my intentions in making this article is for fun. I mean no ill, especially when I briefly reference history. In this case, we’ll take a look at name origins and legends related to the house leaders.
(Babynames.com, here we go!)
Edelgard von Hresvelg
The Gemarnic name,Edelgard, when put together means “Noble Protector”. If you split them into two, “gard” literally means ‘fence,enclosure and protection. Sampling the word from Norse Mythology ‘Midgard’ in Old English directly translates to Middle Earth where humans live. The word has evolved into many iterations.
Adel (another variation of Edel) on the other hand has also Arabic origins that means “one who judges fairly.”
Her family name, Hresvelg, has the most connection to her lore as it originates from the giant who takes the form of an eagle in Norse mythology named Hraesvelgr. In Old Norse translation, it means “Corpse Swallower”. Yikes.
Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd
The name Dimitri/Dmitri goes way back to ancient Greece and is related to Demeter, the goddess of agriculture. His first name literally means “devoted to mother earth/demeter”. There is a Christian martyr and a military saint called “Saint Demetrios of Thessaloniki“. Many of his stories revolve around him miraculously defending the city and in one particular picture, he is portrayed as a man riding a horse with his spear piercing through Kaloyan, the emperor of Bulgaria at that time. The history behind the war he was involved in was quite complicated and I haven’t really gotten deep into its history but TLDR; at somepoint, Saint Demetrios’ enemy waged war against the crusaders, the Church’s army, and referred to his place of ruling as the empire.
Meanwhile, Alexandre/Alexander is also derived from Greek which means “Defender of the people” or “Protector of men”. A lot of rulers that date back to the BC timeline up until modern times bear the ‘Alexander’ name. There’s also a ton of variations of the it that has spread through the world.
Blaiddyd/Bladud means “Wolf Lord”. Not exactly what we’re looking for since he’s the house leader of the lions. There’s a tale surrounding King Bladud on how he believed in necromancy or divination through the spirits of the dead. He passed away after thinking he could fly with fake wings. Oof.
Claude von Regan
It’s kinda sad reading ‘Claude/Claudius’ name origins. A lot would lead to the word “lame” but there are at least two prominent Klaúdios in history (Ptolemy and Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) in a sea of people that bear the Claudii “family” name. After researching a bit, it is hard to pin-point a connection to FE Claude but hey, Urban Dictionary says the name means “cool” and I’m satisfied with that.
Thankfully, the name ‘Regan” has a more solid origin story than his first name. It’s a gender neutral Irish name that means “The king’s child”. What’s interesting is that the O’Regans of Meath from Ireland are a part of the Four Tribes of Tara, an alliance formed by different clans. There’s a lot of history involved in their lands and it might be a little tedious to go over them one by one so I’ll link you to the wiki.
My mark is totally off on this next point but I thought of including this still since it just reminds me of Fodlan a bit.
What I would love to highlight is the map that features Meath/Mide, one of the places where O’Regans were based 900 years ago:
Today, the Leinster province is much larger now compared to the past and I can’t help but think the partitions is similar to Fódlan. (Except for the northern area,of course)
I’m sure there’s still more details that I’ve missed but that’s the gist of it! I’ll see if I can do this article again for the other students. Let me know if you’ve enjoyed this article.
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