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Danish Placename Generator

Danish Placename Generator

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Places need names. They might be small villages or mighty city-states – but all have their designations that ring in the hearts of their inhabitants, and often beyond.

In this work, we provide a random placename generation system that has a distinct Danish or Norse flavour that the English speaker will feel comfortable with.

Indeed, there are a large number of words in the English language that have arrived here via Danish and old Norse. Some examples include (but are by no means limited to): eye, head, ice, small, snake, toe and wind. This is not limited to words either. Parts of words -- especially those contained in the names of places -- have a lot in common with their English counterparts. For example, in the United Kingdom (and elsewhere in the so-called Anglo-sphere), there are many places ending in `by'.

This is the same in Danish. Other examples of placename endings that are in common include -holm, -ing, and -sted. There are plenty more as well, but many have slightly altered spellings such as: -borg, -feld, and -havn. The recognition of these placename elements is straight-forward for a native English speaker and, combined with the (relative) ease of comprehending Danish placenames, this makes for an excellent generator to use in roleplaying games.

With 180 distinct elements, and two random tables, this work enables the user to generate a large number of authentic sounds placenames, plus some real ones (e.g., København – i.e. Copenhagen). To be clear from the outset, the author is not a native Danish speaker, but with classical training plus quality research, coupled with an interest in toponymy, this generator can create names that have an excellent Norse and Danish flavour to the English-speaker’s ear.

We expect the contents of this work will give playing groups narrative strength in such locations and many memorable events.

Wait there's more!

We include in this work a beginner's guide to Danish pronounciations as well. Although there's a lot in common with English, we highlight some of the key differences, such as the letters Æ, Ø and A and how the native English speaker might pronounce these letters.

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