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Talk:Þingvellir National Park

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To those contributing to this article: Please see our naming conventions. It seems to me that "Þingvellir National Park" can not be an English word as the initial character is not in our alphabet. I see that the article was at one time moved to the anglicized version and then later moved back. I propose to move it back to the English version unless dissuaded here. -- OldPine 10:32, 1 September 2008 (EDT)

Sorry, I saw this comment after moving the article again... in Iceland and in guidebooks the park is called "Þingvellir", and while there are references to "Thingvellir" on the web I think it is more confusing to a traveler to try to Romanize this one. Having just visited Iceland myself, I would not necessarily have recognized that "Thingvellir" referred to the same place as the national park name I saw on maps and highway signs. Unlike Thai, Chinese, or a language which has a completely unique alphabet Icelandic is mostly the same as English, so the "Romanized" versions of place names aren't in common usage. As a result, Romanizing the name seems more likely to hinder a tourist than to help so long as we make sure to create redirects for the non-Icelandic versions of the destination names. -- Ryan • (talk) • 00:01, 6 September 2008 (EDT)
For further reference, have a look at Talk:Ærø - I can't type that name on my keyboard, but per Jani it's more correct than Aero. I admit to being rather confused by the naming conventions both in the case of Þingvellir and Ærø. -- Ryan • (talk) • 11:20, 6 September 2008 (EDT)
Ah, OK, that makes sense. Wish someone had put the reasoning here on the talk page the first time they went non-Roman. OldPine 13:01, 6 September 2008 (EDT)