(ETA: made this post public, in the case there are some passers-by who're curious about my username.)zhelana
asked me about the story behind my user name. I don't know how much of a story there is really, but let's see.
I think it was around the year 2000 when I found fanfiction.net, started reading fanfics, and after a while also leaving reviews. Soon I realized I should come up with a consistent nick, instead of using some random name that popped in my mind at the time of writing the review. I've never had any nicknames, really, and I considered even using my real name... but the trouble with it is that people would think I'm a German boy. >_>
So, I thought a name from the Finnish mythology would be nice. The first ones coming to my mind (Mielikki, Vellamo) were abandoned right away (they sound like middle aged women to me.) Then I thought of Tuulikki, Mielikki's daughter, and decided that it's fine. As it is, Tuulikki also was my mother's middle name. (I honestly didn't think too much about this then. I just wanted a name to sign off my reviews, that's all, and didn't then think I'd be using the same name for years to come everywhere online.)
Mielikki is the mistress of forest, wife of Tapio. I once did a bit of research about them for a fairytale I was writing (the lark story, if you remember) and realized that it's pretty impossible to say anything exact about their family. They might have two daughters (or one, or more) who are Tuulikki and Tellervo, and one son (who occasionally is a girl) Nyyrikki. Whatever.
Tuuli means wind, and -kki is an ancient ending for girl's name (in which sense, it'd sound like Nyyrikki's a girl too...) After a while I started using just Tuuli (Tuulikki is very prone for misspellings among foreigners. Of course, Tuuli too every now and then changes form, usually to "Tulli"... which, btw, means customs (you know, the kind of customs you have to pay). Now, if you don't remember where the double letter is, just write Tuli (which means fire). Better than customs...)
Back when I got myself a livejournal, I would have used either tuulikki or tuuli as username there, but they were both taken. Again, I didn't think much of it - and as about half of my f-list back then consisted of people having usernames that ended -chan, I too picked tuuli_chan
as my username. At some point I grew a bit tired of it, but not enough to do something about it. I think that if tuulentupa had been free on LJ, I might
have got a rename token and changed it, but as it wasn't...
Tuulentupa, literally translated, means... well, tupa is cottage, or, originally, the main room of a farmhouse. So, it's something like wind's cottage. Basically it's the same as a castle in the air. Heh, I guess we Finns just are a bit more modest, we only have cottages, no castles. ^~ (I wonder if it's called that in Finnish just because of the alliteration, though. Finns like alliteration.)
As for why I picked this username on DW... well, I just like the word. And I figured that if I'm Tuuli, then my journal, i.e. my main room, is my tupa, and therefore this is Tuulen tupa. Hmm, now that I came to think of it, I might have written the words separately in the user name too, but... all the same, really.
My writing journal I named tuulikannel (wind harp, though to be exact kannel is the Finnish harp
). I think I chose that name because I had right then read Eino Leino's poem Tuulikannel
. It's a long poem, and rather sad. A part of it goes like this:
Mun syömmeni tuulikannel on,
sen kielissä laulu on lakkaamaton,
se yössä, päivässä, yksinään
soi ilmahan ijäti väräjävään.
My heart is a harp of the wind,
its strings in a ceaseless song,
in night, and in day, all alone,
it sounds to the ever-shivering air.
You can still give me more prompts! On DW
or on LJ
.This entry was originally posted at http://tuulentupa.dreamwidth.org/887051.html.