There Is a Balm in Galahad

I find little etymological notes like this interesting. This brief post gives the background behind Sir Galahad’s name.

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If you read older sources, the older name for Galahad is “Galaad.” That’s the Latin Vulgate spelling of “Gilead.” Sometimes you see people adding an extra H for their pronunciation convenience, and that probably would be where the H in Galahad came from.

Of course, Gilead probably came in as a Latin/English/Frenchification of his original name, Gwalchavad, which is super-Welsh and would be way too hard to say if you weren’t from Wales or Brittany. Defaulting to a nice Biblical name would have been a good compromise. It may have led to Galahad becoming more saintly of character, too.

Anyway, I’ve known this for a while, but it’s not something obvious or well-known, so I thought I’d throw it up there for the Internet’s sake.

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100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write

Raging Biblio-holism

ruhlessaysThe Short Version: Sarah Ruhl, author of impossibly beautiful plays, brings us a collection of short essays on the theatrical experience, on motherhood, on writing, and on creativity in general.

The Review: My last performance in college was in Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice. (Incidentally, it was one of the first book reviews on this blog.)   And it was in college that I developed an abiding love for Ms. Ruhl’s plays – for their oddity, their beauty, their poignancy, and eventually for their wonderful difficulty.  As a performer, I’ve only ever been challenged so much one other time – and as a theatergoer, I can count on Ruhl to provide a theatrical experience made all the stronger by knowing just how difficult those actors are working to make the show float like a cloud across the several hours traffick of the stage.

It turns out Ruhl’s gift with language extends…

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