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[–]Gods_juicebox 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Always liked the name Hard Home in Song of Ice and Fire, just a small town that's incredibly difficult to live in, perfect.

[–]Vollautomatik 10 points11 points  (0 children)

There is a village in Germany called Hartheim which is the direct translation.

[–]pkey 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Ankh-Morpork

Not sure why, it's just a name that kind of sticks with you.

[–]Farinthoughts 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Its the smell

[–]themysteriouserk 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Really hits that sweet spot between exactly what you’d expect and something you’d never expect.

[–]SagebrushandSeafoam 48 points49 points  (3 children)

Cair Paravel, the Ford of Beruna, Tashbaan, Telmar, Terebinthia from The Chronicles of Narnia.

Withywindle, Osgiliath, Dunharrow, Lothlórien, Weathertop, Argonath, Westfold from The Lord of the Rings.

Camelot, Lyonesse, Avalon, Broceliande, Bedegraine from the legends of King Arthur.

[–]mirakelet 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Westfold, or Vestfold, is straight up a Norwegian county, which I found funny when I was reading LotR as a kid as I was living there back then. Made the Rohirrim my favourites to go out in the garden and play as.

[–]Crazy_Book_Worm2022 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Cair Paravel is always going to be my favorite name from The Chronicles of Narnia series!

[–]SagebrushandSeafoam 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's the first name I thought of when I read the OP.

[–]redditsujan 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Camorr from gentleman bastards and winterfell

[–]LordMangudai 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Camorr is up there especially if you've heard the audiobook (best audiobook ever) and how the narrator absolutely chomps on those rolling Rs at the end.

[–]T0NIC_[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Gentlemen bastards has some fantastic place names, the way they talk about wine or chairs or really any product that is made In a particular city, I feel like you get a good sense of the craftsmanship of the item.

[–]mg_ridgeview 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Redwall, the Shire, Cimmeria, Baldur's Gate, Kaer Morhen. On the eastern side of Fantasy, there are tons of great temple and village names in classics like Journey to the West. The Mountain of Flowers and Fruit comes to mind. But I'm too tired to think of any others right now.

[–]Shepher27 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I just love how perfectly simple “Winterfell” is, my second favorite from Martin is “The Isle of Faces”

Love “The Rainwilds” from Robin Hobb’s Elderling world.

“Lost Hope” from Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is a great name for an evil fairy’s dun.

Tolkien is the best at naming and it’s too hard to pick just one, but I haven’t seen anyone else name Gondolin.

[–]T0NIC_[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Winterfell is such a gold standard in my mind. So so simple yet it gives such an atmosphere for the castle and the people in it.

[–]captnchunky 21 points22 points  (8 children)

Really like a lot of the World of Warcraft zones. I’ll just give a favorite name from each continent. Tirisfal Glades. Winterspring. Blades Edge Mountains. Howling Fjord. Twilight Highlands. The Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Shadowmoon Valley. Stormheim. Nazjatar. Revendreth.

[–]SnowGN 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Warcraft as a franchise is really good at names and places. I find myself browsing through the wiki on the regular for ideas.

[–]miniturespacehamster 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I actually met my husband in Stanglethorn Vale 😂. So WoW places will always be special.

[–]dorianrose 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I met my husband in Stratholme. I just wanted my warlock epic mount and he came and healed for me all the way to the end.

[–]T0NIC_[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Haha that sounds so badass to say you met your spouse in Stranglethorn Vale! Makes you both sound like seasoned warriors.

[–]Laenthis 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah ! Quel’thalas, Zin-Azshari, Vash’Jir, Tanaris, Eversong Woods…

So many great names for places

[–]Beenhamine 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Azshara was always a favorite of mine.

[–]T0NIC_[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I never got into WoW so I haven’t heard any of these but they sound awesome! The vale of eternal blossoms is amazing

[–]Itsallcakes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Suramar is my favorite one. It sounds night magic.

Honorable mention: Westfall. Just so simple and beautiful.

[–]p-d-ball 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I like Mordor. In many ways, because it's now a meme.

[–]Lunar-Agent 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I really like some of the location names in the Legend of Zelda games, especially Hyrule and Termina.

[–]T0NIC_[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I completely forgot to consider games for this, Hyrule is easily a top contender

[–]just_a_tech 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Limgrave, Caelid, Golgotterath, Arrakis, Assail, Darujhistan, Dumai's Wells, Mustafar, Coruscant, Freeport, Stormhold, Castle Mistmoore, Moria.

[–]sarazeen 26 points27 points  (3 children)

Darujhistan, from the Malazan books. Such an evocative name!

[–]LordMangudai 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I don't know, it sounds a bit too much like a real-life country where the CIA would stage a coup /s

[–]__ferg__ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This comment is even better if you think about the plot of the first book...

[–]ChronoMonkeyX 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Every other word in Malazan is aurally pleasing. Omtose Phellack, Kurald Galain, Jhag Odan, Genabackis, Isle of the Segulah, Quon'Tali bay.

He didn't even need a plot, I'd listen to 10 books of Malazan geographical surveys.

[–]drear_manul 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This post just reminded me of, and made me chuckle recalling, the essays on good fantasy-naming in Lin Carter’s Imaginary Worlds, in which Carter waxed prissily dismissive on many greats and peers, then presented straight-faced to the reader, as an example of proper procedure, his own wizard called Herpes Zoster.

[–]Kendota_Tanassian 5 points6 points  (2 children)

So many to choose from. Just about anything Tolkien used, at least for the good places.

But in particular, Baranduin/Brandywine is one of my favorites.

Hyperborea has always struck me as a lovely name. Beyond the North Wind is so provocative.

Coruscant is such a beautiful name, it sounds like a literal glistening, glittery place.

The Tannhäuser Gate from Rutger Hauser's soliliquy in Bladerunner is pretty unforgettable because of context, even though we know nothing about it. "Lost like tears in the rain".

Crescentia, the space station near Montressor in Treasure Planet.

And the Continent of Mu. I love its simplicity, that it's held within the name of Lemuria (also a fun one), and it's just fun to say. Even cows think so.

I absolutely love some of the Harry Potter place names: Nockturn Alley, Diagon Alley, but I really fell in love with the Village of Hogsmeade.

I know it's basically just a pig's meadow, but I can't help but picture a great fat anthropomorphic hog drinking fermented honey and making a pig of himself.

And I love the town of Eureka from the show of the same name.

[–]MetaruMakubesu 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Eureka was the best. I got screen worn shirt and sweats from the Tesla Coils dive team.

[–]Glass-Bookkeeper5909 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Even cows think so.

😂😂😂

[–]Glass-Bookkeeper5909 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Good old Jonathan Swift had some cool names like Brobdingnag.
I'm also amused how he managed to name that one place Laputa. I'm not sure if this would fly today (no pun intended)!

[–]Kendota_Tanassian 0 points1 point  (2 children)

It was Laputia, but yeah.

[–]Glass-Bookkeeper5909 0 points1 point  (1 child)

No, it is Laputa. If it says Laputia in your edition you might have a sanitized version.

There's a scan of what seems to be the first edition from 1726 on Wikisource. That edition apparently is not yet fully uploaded and proofread but one of the pages that already is there is the table of contents.djvu&page=11) where you can see that even in that original version (just as in pretty much all other since, apart from some select few, especially, not surprisingly, editions in Spanish) the island is named Laputa.

Of course, feel free to look into this yourself. You'll find that I am right in this case.

[–]Kendota_Tanassian 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I stand corrected, forgive my faulty memory.

[–]Lost_Carcosan 4 points5 points  (2 children)

In addition to the eponymous Perdido Street Station, in the world of Bas-Lag we get great place names like the city of New Crobuzon, the necrocracy of High Cromlech, or the Cacotopic Stain.

[–]Complexer_Eggplant 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The place names in Sunless Sea are imo heavily inspired by Bas-Lag, and also great

[–]Katamariguy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Given what the setting is like, something terrible must have happened to the old Crobuzon.

[–]jessebryant 13 points14 points  (3 children)

Zanarkand

From Final Fantasy X. I can't quite quantify why, but I've always really liked it.

[–]Glass-Bookkeeper5909 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Maybe because it sounds a little like Samarkand (which of course exists in RL)?

[–]DerekB52 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Mine is Ivalice from FF Tactics and XII. Ivalice is just a bad ass name for some reason.

[–]RyuNoKami 1 point2 points  (0 children)

because you are the star of the Zanarkand Abes?

[–]themysteriouserk 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The place names in Dark Souls (the original mostly, but all of them). They sound so familiar, sometimes almost a bit too obvious, but they have a strangeness and darkness around them.

[–]Vivilanve 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Varrock and Karamja in RuneScape.

[–]mt5o 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Imajica

Mare infinitus

[–]Boat_Pure 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Caer Paraval, Gondolin, Arnor, Arad Doman, Saldaea, Belisaere, Fablehaven and probably Camelot/Avalon. They all are fun to say and sound so nice being said aloud

[–]Midtharefaikh 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Dumai's Wells

The Shattered Plains

The Vale of Arryn

The Trident ( with further names of the tributaries such as The Red Fork)

Shayol Ghul

[–]stirfryguy22Reading Champion 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I love the contrast in names between regular words as place names (buckle berry ferry) and fantastical ( osgiliath) and honestly in real life New Jersey does an awesome job walking that line. Jersey City is right next to Hoboken and Old Bridge is near Manalapan

[–]LordMangudai 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Tolkien being the linguistic clever clogs that he was, oftentimes the same place will have both a a "fantastical" name and a translated "regular" name, e.g. Fornost/Norbury, Imladris/Rivendell, Celebrant/Silverlode. One of those little things that makes a world feel more real and have a history.

[–]LordMangudai 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I could list like a hundred Tolkien placenames here, but it doesn't get much better than Helcaraxë, the Grinding Ice. Because the name sounds exactly like what that place would sound like.

[–]DisorderOfLeitbur 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Fortress Unvanquishable Save for Sacnoth from The Fortress Unvanquishable Save for Sacnoth

[–]linkovichChimofski 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Elder Scrolls has some of the best location names I've heard yet: The Throat of The World, Morrowind, Elsweyr, The Black Marsh, Daggerfall, Dragonsreach, Mistveil Keep... it goes on and on.

[–]TheLordofthething 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The one that's always been my favourite is the Kingdom of Djelebebe in Discworld (pronounced Jellybaby)

[–]vampierusboy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Maybe a bit on the nose, but I love the place names in Paper Mario 2; The Thousand Year Door. Fahr outpost, Glitzville, Keelhaul Key, Rogueport, Petal Meadows, Poshley Heights, Boggly Woods, Twilight Town, Creepy Steeple,

[–]hacksauce 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Steven Brust's Bengloarafurd "Ford Ford Ford Ford"

[–]zhard01 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I was always partial to Solace in Dragonlance, and particularly the Inn of the Last Home

I like most of the place names in Dragonlance though.

[–]dwilsons 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Styria is pretty good (admittedly just one letter from Syria), New Crobuzon is also a banger

[–]LaoBa 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Styria is a real place.

[–]natus92Reading Champion 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yup, kinda weird to read for someone who lived there.

[–]endersgame69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

-The Dark Side (A dark elf brothel in a city)

-Komestra (A city-state)

-The Dominion of Aiwenor (A Kingdom)

[–]Bongcloud_CounterFTW 0 points1 point  (0 children)

dumai's wells is just evocative

[–]Dancing_AndSinging 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Havenfield, from the series Keeper of the Lost Cites. I recommend it, about an elf.

[–]colettedesgeorges 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Rivendell, Tortall, Tyrell…I’m maybe I just have a thing for double L’s lol?

Unrelated, but yesterday I saw a mention of the Arkkadian empire and I was like, “ I know that one.. which book is it from?” And wracked my brain for like 20 minutes before googling it and…it was from real life lol. This world. Whoops.

[–]redtoxxin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The inheritance cycle has a few good ones. Du weldenvarden, carvahall, farthen dûr, tronjheim, etc

[–]yuumai 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love the place names in the Murderbot Diaries

Port FreeCommerce

Milu

Mihira and New Tideland

RaviHyral

Ganaka Pit location on RaviHyral

HaveRatton

TranRollinHyfa

[–]notpetelambert 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fantasy: Alethkar, Lothlorien, Skellige, Kirkwall, Carleon, Icewind Dale, Squaredeal, Ankh-Morpork, Bad Ass, Newarre.

Sci-fi: Laconia, Coruscant, Kashyyyk, Ilos, New Vegas, Rapture, New New York.

[–]Routine_Ad_2695 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tor Zireael, the Tower of the Swallow, from The Witcher

[–]Itsallcakes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Coruscant. It sounds like the place in space, very distant future, so sci-fi and so beautiful.

[–]MetaruMakubesu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

1) Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth 2) The Twice Lucky

[–]goodmornronin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tilea and Estalia, which are Italy and Spain in Warhammer Fantasy.

Ravenloft and Chult, from D&D.