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Edited an improper setting for a city. Originally said Weber's opera premiered in London.France. Corrected to the appropriate nation. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 20:28, 22 August 2010 (UTC)
The meaning of the name Oberon is "Noble Bear". The origin of the name Oberon is German, being a form of Auberon. "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was writen to celebrate festivities at Kenilworth, in 1575, in honour and in the presence of Queen Elizabeth and Leicester,i.e. Robert Dudley, her favourite. Organised by Leicester, this was his final attempt to get her to marry him. A playful frolic, the chief characters represent this couple; Titania (Queen of the fairies) Elizabeth, and Oberon as King. The name Oberon was chosen from the Dudley crest, a bear chained to a rugged tree. As a vicious man, Leicester is alluded to in many plays, including "Winter's Tale" (The famous stage direction "Exit, pursued by a bear"). In the passage quoted in this article, the word-play (Oberon/Leicester desperately wanting a child by the queen)is sexual; 'wanton', 'lack of use', and the contrasting of the phallic pegs of nine-men's morris with female emblems. A quaint-maze was a universal turf-cut running maze; the glossary to the Albion edition defines it as: "Quaint-mazes, a game running the figure of eight". Meaning that the 'eyes' of the maze were shaped like queyntes. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Colcestrian (talk • contribs) 05:06, 11 July 2009 (UTC) this is gay
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- Oberon is the name of the Ice Lord in the Palladium table top RPG Rifts. It is commonly spelled in all caps to emphasize his mightiness, i.e., BEHOLD, OBERON THE ICE LORD.
- OBERON is the name of a revolutionary club theater venue in Harvard Square
- Oberon is the name of a wheat beer ale brewed by the Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
- Oberon is also the name of the space station in the 2001 Planet Of The Apes film.
- Oberon is a town in Australia, located in the Greater Lithgow region in New South Wales.
- Oberon is the name of a very small town in North Dakota, USA.
- In the comic book Mister Miracle, Oberon is the dwarf assistant and companion to the titular character.
- Oberon, with Titania, provides the characters of A Midsummer Tempest, by Poul Anderson, with magical assistance.
- In 2000, the series Lexx portrayed Oberon and Titania in the episode 4.11: "A Midsummer's Nightmare", in which Oberon tries to get first Xev and then Stan to marry him and turns Kai into a happy singing tree.
- Oberon was also a guest character in an episode of Pokey the Penguin.
- In The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny, Oberon is the King of Amber and the father of all of the princes in the series.
- In the Warlock series of Christopher Stasheff, Oberon (alias Brom O'Berin) is the half-human King of Elves on the planet Gramarye, but poses as the Royal Fool to influence the human kingdom. He is also the father-in-law of the titular Warlock.
- In the middle-grade novel The Revenge of the Shadow King, by Derek Benz and J. S. Lewis, Oberon appears in the title role of the all-powerful and malevolent king of the Land of Faerie.
- References to Oberon and Titania appear as two of the mortal names given to the King and Queen of Faerie in Raymond E. Feist's 1988 fantasy novel, Faerie Tale.
- Oberon is a character appearing in Disney's Gargoyles as the ruler of the mystical Avalon and "king" of the Third Race. Also seen in Gargoyles is the Shakespearean trickster Puck, and Oberon's queen Titania
- Oberon has appeared in the comic books Sandman, Hellboy, and The Books of Magic.
- Oberon, along with his wife Titania, appears in the Nickelodeon show Fairly OddParents, and in the video games.
- The sword Firebrand in the video game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night's information is 'Fire sword of Oberon'
- Oberon has also appeared in the novel Magic Street by Orson Scott Card.
- In David A McIntee's 1999 Doctor Who novel Autumn Mist, Oberon, the King of the fairie-like Sidhe, takes his name from the Shakespearean character
- In the PlayStation 2 title Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne by Atlus, one of the attainable demons is Oberon. The game states that his wife is Titania, and a curse set upon him at childhood has stunted his growth.
- King Auberon Quin is the elven monarch of London in G. K. Chesterton's novel The Napoleon of Notting Hill (1904)
- In John Crowley's 1981 fantasy novel Little, Big, Auberon is the name of one of the principal characters, the son of Smokey Barnable and Daily Alice Drinkwater.
- Oberon is mentioned by name in the song "Hollow Hills" by Bauhaus. The song references burial mounds similar to the Barrow-downs in The Lord of the Rings.
- In the Double Edge series by Mercedes Lackey and Roberta Gellis, Oberon is the High King of the Sidhe (elves), and the overall ruler of most things Underhill. It is hinted that he is actually Zeus.
- In the "I've Grown a Costume on Your Face" segment of The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror XVI", Martin dresses as Oberon for Halloween.
- Auberon is the King of the Seely Court in the role-playing game Castle Falkenstein.
- In Garry Kilworth's 1996 fantasy novel A Midsummer's Nightmare Oberon appears as king of the elves, which have to leave Sherwood Forest in an old bus to find a new home. Their travel wakes up old fairy and magic folk, good and sinister ones, and as Titania falls in love with a human baby and steals (or borrows) it, their adventure becomes even more turbulent and funny.
- Oberon and Titania are a king and queen in Gene Callahan's novel PUCK.
- Oberon was the name of a British prog-folk band who released the album a Midsummer's Night Dream in 1971.
- In the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game there is a card named "Yousei-Ō Oberon" meaning "Fairy King Oberon". Oberon was changed to Truesdale for American audiences.
- Oberon is the name of one of the seven heroes in Overlord (2007 video game). He is a sleeping elf hero whose nightmares haunt the forest of Evernight.
- In "The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke", a song by English rock band Queen, one line says "Oberon and Titania, watched by a harridan, Mab is the Queen and there's a good apothecary man". The song takes it name from the painting of the same, which it describes.
- In the eroge Yume Miru Kusuri, a girl who believes herself to be a fairy claims to be a servant of Oberon.
- In the video game King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride, Queen Valanice meets Oberon and Titania in Etheria at the end of chapter 5.
- The line "Oberon, Miranda and Titania" is included in the lyrics of Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine", though it most likely refers to the satellites of Uranus.
- Oberon and Titania also appear in Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 as Persona that the main character can acquire and use. Oberon is in the Emperor Arcana and Titania is in the Lovers Arcana.
- Oberon and Titania appear in Voyage of the Unicorn.
- Oberon and his wife Titania also appear in the video game "The Sims 2"
- Oberon and Titania appear (although not mentioned by name) in Terry Pratchett's book Lords and Ladies where he defeats the queen of the elves. He is described as having goats legs and stags horns.
- Oberon and Titania also appear in Frewin Jones's novels The Faerie Path, The Lost Queen, and The Sorcerer King.
- In the song "Metal Church" by the band Metal Church, Oberon is referenced, "By the hand of Oberon, dark into the deep".
- Oberon is a demon found in Shibuya in the popular multiplayer online game Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine.
- Oberon is the name of a brand of fine men's dress socks.
- Oberon is the name of the fictional character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, "Fragments from the Journal of a Solitary Man" (1837).
- Oberon is mentioned in the novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell as a Faerie Overlord to the Raven King, John Uskglass. In the book, it is mentioned that he is the overlord of the Daoine Sidhe, "The Fairy Host", a grand army of Faeries that the boy Uskglass uses to conquer Northern England. It is also noted that he has a particularly long and complicated Sidhe name, and that Oberon is a "Christianised" (human) translation.
- Zepia Eltnam Oberon AKA Night of Walachia is an antagonist from Melty Blood.
- Oberon/Auberon is also the name of a band that released three albums, The Take of Balack (bmcd 103) 98, Crossworld (bmcd 145) 2001 and Scum of the Earth (pregal media records) in 2004. Still active in 2010.
- Oberon is a fairy deity in the Dungeons & Dragons game, as well as his wife and their court.
- Oberon is mentioned in Dead Poet's Society, during the play where Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard) plays Puck, Oberon's mischievous servant.
Removing silly "Gaelic Etymology" section
Etymologically, the name translates in Gaelic as Og "young", breach "beautiful", aon "one" or ob-rea-on which means “the beautiful young man”. Oberon is likely related to Gwyn ap Nudd, the Welsh Fairy/Goblin King, and possibly not derived all from Alberich, which is the common assumption."
I have removed that section as it is
unsourced completely unaccepted and ridiculous. There is no evidence for "Oberon" in Ireland. Oberon is a character from French literature derived most likely from a Frankish name. This is really just the editors preferred "origin", hence its inclusion as fact at the top. I'm sorry my dear "Wiccans" but not all words related to fairies, elves, ghosts, demons and any other "supernatural" character are derived from Gaelic or Welsh (which are not identical anyway) no matter what some book published by Llewellyn says, especially ones from the literature of other countries. I am trying to assume good faith but this sort of vandalism is becoming very common on folklore and supernatural literature related articles.
I was incorrect as saying it was all unsourced, the source was given by Charles MacKay, a man whose etymological theories weren't taken seriously during his lifetime and certainly not now. However the part about Gwyn ap Nudd isn't even mentioned by MacKay.
I shall try to re-add McKay's view but not as fact as he is regarded universally as a fantasist. Even the article on this site says as much and will give you links to articles by etymologists about his work. You can also view his work and see it in all its glory for yourself. Sigurd Dragon Slayer (talk) 23:57, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
King of what?
The article originally said "Oberon, King of the Fairies," and " "Oberon" as king of the elves has an earlier history, as Alberich (elbe "elves" reix, rex "king")".
Since 2010, it says "Oberon (also spelled Auberon) is a king of the fairies" and "Oberon's status as king of the fairies comes from the character of Alberich (from Old High German alb- "elf" and -rîh-, "ruler", "king"),".