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How is Caledon pronounced?

As a Sylvari, I'm naturally curious about how Caledon Forest's name is supposed to be pronounced.

I believe it's like in this video:

Is there any audio dialogue in the game that would confirm it? The names of the maps (except for cities) are rarely used by inhabitants of Tyria, probably because they are there more for game play than lore purposes.

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  • Ayrilana.1396Ayrilana.1396 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Here’s one that I was able to find which you’ll have to check out in game. It’s near the bottom.

    https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Trader's_Green#Ambient_dialogue

  • @Ayrilana.1396 said:
    Here’s one that I was able to find which you’ll have to check out in game. It’s near the bottom.

    https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Trader's_Green#Ambient_dialogue

    Thanks! I checked it out and that character pronounces it differently than in the video. It's more like "Cal-a-dawn", that is, the vowel at the end is different and longer.

  • When it comes to in-game names, there are a variety of pronunciations. My head canon for this is: not everyone in our world shares the same accent, not even people born in the same city. So I think at best you can answer, "how does this NPC or that pronounce the name of the area?"


    As a case in point, I'm listening to an audio book and the reader pronounces Adidas (as in the shoe) different from how it's pronounced around here. Presumably, the company has an official version (and they do), and nevertheless, Americans have decided to emPHAsize the syllables differently.

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  • Ayrilana.1396Ayrilana.1396 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @kumiponi.6047 said:

    @Ayrilana.1396 said:
    Here’s one that I was able to find which you’ll have to check out in game. It’s near the bottom.

    https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Trader's_Green#Ambient_dialogue

    Thanks! I checked it out and that character pronounces it differently than in the video. It's more like "Cal-a-dawn", that is, the vowel at the end is different and longer.

    That’s how I pronounce it

  • ugrakarma.9416ugrakarma.9416 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 5, 2019

    im my mother language(portuguese) is, using english equivalent is CA(like ca-r or like ca-roline) LE(like La-iser or le-ad or le-arn) DON(something between like doom and don-ation).

    "It's a testament to the folly of the humans and their gods. They say Arah was sacred, but all I see is one big dragon nest."(Rytlock Brimstone)

  • Konig Des Todes.2086Konig Des Todes.2086 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Ayrilana.1396 said:

    @kumiponi.6047 said:

    @Ayrilana.1396 said:
    Here’s one that I was able to find which you’ll have to check out in game. It’s near the bottom.

    https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Trader's_Green#Ambient_dialogue

    Thanks! I checked it out and that character pronounces it differently than in the video. It's more like "Cal-a-dawn", that is, the vowel at the end is different and longer.

    That’s how I pronounce it

    More or less, same.

    @ugrakarma.9416 said:
    im my mother language(portuguese) is, using english equivalent is CA(like ca-r or like ca-roline) LE(like La-iser or le-ad or le-arn) DON(something between like doom and don-ation).

    If I'm getting your examples right, that sounds a lot like Khazaduum from LotR, just an l instead of z and n instead of m.

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  • Ayrilana.1396Ayrilana.1396 Member ✭✭✭✭

    At the 10 second mark.

  • ugrakarma.9416ugrakarma.9416 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 6, 2019

    its like this video ^^

    i wonder if the name is inspired in New Caledonia(FRA);
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Caledonia

    "It's a testament to the folly of the humans and their gods. They say Arah was sacred, but all I see is one big dragon nest."(Rytlock Brimstone)

  • Randulf.7614Randulf.7614 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Cal-eh-don is how I’ve always thought of it

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  • Reincarnatie.7254Reincarnatie.7254 Member ✭✭✭
    edited August 10, 2019

    ^^Same!
    I've always pronounced it as "KAL-uh-DAWN" forest. Definitely influenced by a nearby road called "KAL-uh-DOH-nee-uh".

    "KAL-uh-DIN" sounds so posh :lol:

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  • shouldn't it be pronounced something like Kale (that salad)Don (like Don Giovanni)?

  • mercury ranique.2170mercury ranique.2170 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 11, 2019

    @Konig Des Todes.2086 said:

    @Ayrilana.1396 said:

    @kumiponi.6047 said:

    @Ayrilana.1396 said:
    Here’s one that I was able to find which you’ll have to check out in game. It’s near the bottom.

    https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Trader's_Green#Ambient_dialogue

    Thanks! I checked it out and that character pronounces it differently than in the video. It's more like "Cal-a-dawn", that is, the vowel at the end is different and longer.

    That’s how I pronounce it

    More or less, same.

    @ugrakarma.9416 said:
    im my mother language(portuguese) is, using english equivalent is CA(like ca-r or like ca-roline) LE(like La-iser or le-ad or le-arn) DON(something between like doom and don-ation).

    If I'm getting your examples right, that sounds a lot like Khazaduum from LotR, just an l instead of z and n instead of m.

    I do not recall a Kazaduum in LotR. There is one in WoW as well as Z'ha'dum in the Babylon 5 universe.
    I personally think that Caledon might be a reference to Lord of the Rings Caras Galadhon (the big tree of Lorien). That one is pronounced ˈkaras ˈɡalaðon It would mean that it would be ˈKaleðon.

  • Ayrilana.1396Ayrilana.1396 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 11, 2019

    @mercury ranique.2170 said:

    @Konig Des Todes.2086 said:

    @Ayrilana.1396 said:

    @kumiponi.6047 said:

    @Ayrilana.1396 said:
    Here’s one that I was able to find which you’ll have to check out in game. It’s near the bottom.

    https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Trader's_Green#Ambient_dialogue

    Thanks! I checked it out and that character pronounces it differently than in the video. It's more like "Cal-a-dawn", that is, the vowel at the end is different and longer.

    That’s how I pronounce it

    More or less, same.

    @ugrakarma.9416 said:
    im my mother language(portuguese) is, using english equivalent is CA(like ca-r or like ca-roline) LE(like La-iser or le-ad or le-arn) DON(something between like doom and don-ation).

    If I'm getting your examples right, that sounds a lot like Khazaduum from LotR, just an l instead of z and n instead of m.

    I do not recall a Kazaduum in LotR. There is one in WoW as well as Z'ha'dum in the Babylon 5 universe.
    I personally think that Caledon might be a reference to Lord of the Rings Caras Galadhon (the big tree of Lorien). That one is pronounced ˈkaras ˈɡalaðon It would mean that it would be ˈKaleðon.

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  • Randulf.7614Randulf.7614 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @mercury ranique.2170 said:

    @Konig Des Todes.2086 said:

    @Ayrilana.1396 said:

    @kumiponi.6047 said:

    @Ayrilana.1396 said:
    Here’s one that I was able to find which you’ll have to check out in game. It’s near the bottom.

    https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Trader's_Green#Ambient_dialogue

    Thanks! I checked it out and that character pronounces it differently than in the video. It's more like "Cal-a-dawn", that is, the vowel at the end is different and longer.

    That’s how I pronounce it

    More or less, same.

    @ugrakarma.9416 said:
    im my mother language(portuguese) is, using english equivalent is CA(like ca-r or like ca-roline) LE(like La-iser or le-ad or le-arn) DON(something between like doom and don-ation).

    If I'm getting your examples right, that sounds a lot like Khazaduum from LotR, just an l instead of z and n instead of m.

    I do not recall a Kazaduum in LotR. There is one in WoW as well as Z'ha'dum in the Babylon 5 universe.
    I personally think that Caledon might be a reference to Lord of the Rings Caras Galadhon (the big tree of Lorien). That one is pronounced ˈkaras ˈɡalaðon It would mean that it would be ˈKaleðon.

    Khazad-dum is the original dwarves name for Moria

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