Whatever you think of J.R.R. Tolkien’s opus The Lord of the Rings, I hope you’ll agree that it could have been worse. How? Well, the names that Tolkien had for three of his major characters were quite different than the final version that we got to read.
Frodo Baggins was originally going to be called Bingo. I don’t know how seriously you can take the name Frodo, but I would have to take Bingo less seriously.
Gandalf was originally going to be the does-not-trip-off-the-tongue Bladorthin. Who wants to revisit the battle between the Balrog and Bladorthin?
Strider/Aragorn was originally going to be called Trotter. Nope. Impossible.
And this is a completely unsubstantiated rumor, but I have heard from the word on the street that Sauron was originally going to be called Sir Gloppy.
No, I won’t tell you which street.