20 Unique Tough Dog Names Inspired By Literature

Literature is great source for dog names, and you can find various kinds of names by different categories. Here we pulled together a list of tough dog names inspired by those bold literature characters. Check out the below list and select your favorite name for your boy or girl guarding canines.

Alastor: Alastor, or The Spirit of Solitude is a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Peacock suggested the name Alastor which comes from Roman mythology. Peacock has defined Alastor as "evil genius." The name does not refer to the hero or Poet of the poem, however, but instead to the spirit who divinely animates the Poet's imagination.


Arwen: Arwen is well known as princess of the Elves in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Arwen is one of the half-elven who lived during the Third Age.
Balrog: Fictional creature who appear in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. The Balrog is a huge shadow. In the middle of the shadow is the shape of a fierce-looking man. The Balrog seems at home with flame; in fact, in its right hand, it carries a blade "like a stabbing tongue of fire". In its left hand, it carries a whip. This creature comes to fight the Company as they attempt to flee through Moria.
Beldam: The primary antagonist, also known as the "Other Mother"' in the Neil Gaiman novella Coraline and its 2009 film adaptation. Beldam is the creature that created much of the Other World and the main villain of the novel. She looks similar to Coraline's real mother but taller and thinner, with long black hair that seems to move by itself, black button eyes, paper-white skin, and extremely long, twitchy fingers with long dark red nails. The name Beldam is an archaic word meaning "hag" or "witch", may also refer to an old woman, particularly an ugly one.
Beowulf: A legendary Geatish hero in the epic poem named after him, one of the oldest surviving pieces of literature in the English language.
Draco: The last remaining dragon in the film Dragonheart, who shared his heart with Einon, and through this connection, any pain inflicted upon one is also felt by the other.
Fenris: Fenris is a Norse mythological wolf. The Fenris Wolf is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, he is a creature of Asgardian origin, said to be offspring of Loki and the giantess Angrboda.
Grendel: Grendel is one of three antagonists in the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. Grendel is usually depicted as a monster or a giant, although this is the subject of scholarly debate. In the poem, Grendel is feared by all but Beowulf.
Iago: Iago is a fictional character in Shakespeare's Othello. Iago is the play's main antagonist, and Othello's standard bearer. He is the husband of Emilia, who is in turn the attendant of Othello's wife Desdemona. Iago hates Othello and devises a plan to destroy him by making him believe that his wife is having an affair with his lieutenant, Michael Cassio.
Inigo: A playable character from Fire Emblem Awakening. He is the son of Olivia, and a character from the future. In Awakening, he can be the brother of Lucina or Morgan, depending on if Olivia marries Chrom or the Male Avatar. The name Inigo means "my little love" in Basque language.
Jekyll: Dr. Jekyll is a "large, well-made, smooth-faced man of fifty with something of a slyish cast", who occasionally feels he is battling between the good and evil within himself, thus leading to the struggle between his dual personalities of Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde.
Morlock: Morlocks are a fictional species created by H. G. Wells for his 1895 novel, The Time Machine. After thousands of generations of living without sunlight, the Morlocks have dull grey-to-white skin, chinless faces, large greyish-red eyes with a capacity for reflecting light, and flaxen hair on the head and back. They are smaller than humans.


Mowgli: Mowgli is a fictional character and the protagonist of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book stories. He is a feral child from the Pench area in Seoni, India. In the stories, the name Mowgli is said to mean "frog", describing his lack of fur.
Nazgul: The Nazgul are characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. They were nine men who succumbed to Sauron's power and attained near-immortality as wraiths, servants bound to the power of the One Ring and completely under the dominion of Sauron. The book calls the Nazgul Sauron's "most terrible servants".
Sauron: Sauron is the title character and main antagonist of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien noted that the "angelic" powers of his constructed myth "were capable of many degrees of error and failing", but by far the worst was "the absolute Satanic rebellion and evil of Morgoth and his satellite Sauron."
Scylla: In Greek mythology, Scylla was a monster that lived on one side of a narrow channel of water, opposite her counterpart Charybdis.
Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes is a fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Known as a "consulting detective" in the stories, Holmes is known for a proficiency with observation, forensic science, and logical reasoning that borders on the fantastic, which he employs when investigating cases for a wide variety of clients, including Scotland Yard.
Sirius: Sirius Black, nicknamed Padfoot because his Animagus form takes the shape of a dog, is the last heir to the House of Black, a once notable pure-blood Wizarding family. He rejected his family's pure-blood elitism and reverence for the Dark Arts. In contrast to his home life, Sirius greatly enjoyed life at Hogwarts.
Snape: Severus Snape is a fictional character in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. He is characterised as a person of great complexity, whose coldly sarcastic and controlled exterior conceals deep emotions and anguish.
Spade: Sam Spade is a fictional private detective and the protagonist of Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel, The Maltese Falcon. The character is widely cited as a crystallizing figure in the development of hard-boiled private detective fiction.

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