Her surname, on the other hand, hints at other interests, though we will not learn more about those until Mockingjay Part 2. She saved a stray cat (whom Katniss tried to drown the second Prim brought him home) and named him Buttercup, insisting his muddy yellow coat matched the bright flower. Sound like a stretch? While he feigns loyalty to the Capitol, he’s more than a bit like his namesake, Mestrius Plutarchus, an essayist and historian who wrote about the virtues and vices of Coriolanus (also the name of Panem’s president) and Caesar (the name of Panem’s master of ceremonies). Upon presenting the weak, near-dead nanny to Prim, medical attention was given to her immediately. Primrose is the only named District 12 citizen who was a part of the rebellion that died. Like before, Katniss was always trying to protect her. Willow Shields was born on June 1, 2000 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. But if you have a better idea, let me know in the comments. Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) is a whiz with electronics. When Katniss is about to give up and let things happen with Snow in control, she thinks of Prim which gives her the strength to go on. In Mockingjay, Katniss and Prim's relationship grew much deeper and the two become closer than ever when Katniss struggled with her fear for Peeta's safety while he was being held at the Capitol. In the film Katniss gives Prim the mockingjay pin she got from Madge, the mayor's daughter, but when Katniss volunteers for the Games Prim gives it back to her for good luck. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. At the reaping in The Hunger Games, it was Prim's name that was originally pulled out of the girls' reaping bowl, but Katniss volunteered to take Prim's place, to Prim's horror. “Heavensbee” may hint that Plutarch’s true nature is more virtuous than he initially appears—and it’s a fitting descriptor for the gamemaker, as he’s the heavenly character looking over everything and orchestrating behind the scenes. When she wore clothing, from her reaping outfit to her medic uniform, Prim continuously had a "duck tail," one that earned her "little duck" as a nickname. Fin, short for Finnick, may also allude to his district’s specialty: fish. Cressida appears in retellings of the Trojan War starting in the 12th century and including Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida. (Wiress died at the end of Catching Fire.). When Prim's cat Buttercup comes back to District 12 looking for her, Katniss finally lets out her grief for her sister and starts to recover. Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson): Ralph Abernathy was a leader in the Civil Rights movement, and is a fitting namesake for the revolutionary Haymitch. His last name, Flickerman, evokes both the bright (but flickering?) Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields): In The Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers as tribute in place of her younger sister, who is also named for a plant. Against all odds, Prim's name is selected at the reaping. According to Johanna Mason, after Katniss Everdeen won the 74th Hunger Games along with Peeta Mellark, all of Panem adored her. Prim sees Katniss seconds before the secondary explosion. These Hunger Games quotes will have you flashback to reading the books or watching the movies. Prim's goat, Lady, was first adopted into her family when Katniss was browsing and trading in the Hob on Prim's birthday. Her father's death in a mining accident several years ago left he… An old goat herder had a sick nanny goat, mauled by a dog, the wound was swollen with infections, and after much haggling and bargaining, Katniss bought the goat and a pink ribbon for her neck. She had not allowed Prim to take any tesserae and did everything she could to prevent Prim from being thrown into the 74th Hunger Games, as she knew her little sister would not have lasted long in the competition, but in the end, she was reaped. Prim dreamed of becoming a doctor and showed her proficiency at healing as she helped the injured during her time in District 13. Characters from the poor, depleted districts are named after plants or other earthy items; those from the regal capital have a Roman influence. Later on, Peeta comes back holding what Katniss thinks are just roses, and is about to yell at him because she thought that was just another one of his hijacked actions, meant to break her, but before she does she realizes they are not normal roses but evening primrose, the flower that Prim was named for. Primrose CummingEnglish novelist. Both Beetee and Wiress are from District 3, the technology district. Other than her animals, Prim also had household chores and helped to take care of patients that people brought to her mother, the local healer. Katniss also notices Prim giving her coat to a small child. Snow also has a preference for white and an icy cold demeanor. Height Katniss only notices Prim when she sees her plait down her back and her untucked shirt at the back, just as it was on the day of the reaping. While the names may seem as random as the reaping, I think there’s order in them. She volunteers to take the place of Prim… StudentHealer Johanna Mason (Jena Malone): Johanna is of Hebrew and Latin origins and translates to something like grace of God. And the two are the nuts and bolts of the tributes’ escape plan at the end of Catching Fire. This botanical name is also a coincidental double word name, meaning "regret" in English and "street in" French. Prim is small, delicate and timid but is a natural at helping heal people and is clever and determined. Book Appearances Primrose "Prim" Everdeen, character in the Hunger Games. Nevertheless, Katniss remarks in "Catching Fire," that Primrose is nearly her height. Female His Roman inspiration (spelled with one L) appears in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and is loyal to Brutus after he kills Caesar, just like Messalla is loyal to Cressida when she abandons the Capitol. Katniss Everdeen's hunting partner, Gale Hawthorne, also flees to District 2. Prim was one of the people President Snow threatened to kill if Katniss didn't prove that she was insanely in love with Peeta and that the suicide threat was an act of love and not rebellion. The series revolves around Katniss Everdeen and her brave act of volunteering as a tribute for the 74th Hunger Games in place of her sister Prim. She avenges her sister by shooting President Coin when she is supposed to publicly execute President Snow. With some help from Peeta Mellark, her fellow District 12 tribute, and Rue, a twelve year old District 11 female tribute, she accomplishes this goal. The calling of the tributes for the Hunger Games. Variation on the name PETER. She has a twin sister, actress Autumn Shields, and an older brother, actor River Shields. Dorothea Primrose CampbellScottish poet ADVERTISEMENT. Unlike her sister in many ways, Prim was the opposite of Katniss in both looks and character; having blonde hair like their mother, a gentle personality (unlike Katniss' prickly one) and a talent for healing, as opposed to Katniss' talent for hunting. During the reaping, Katniss was chosen since she is the only living female victor of District 12. Movie Appearances All contents © 2021 The Slate Group LLC. Prim's last word ever in the book is Katniss. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. The The Hunger Games quotes below are all either spoken by Primrose Everdeen or refer to Primrose Everdeen. Willow Shields. Why did Katniss think that Prim's name wasn't going to be drawn? Although Katniss and Prim love one another the two are very different, personality wise. Katniss Everdeen? What did Primrose wear on the Reaping? You’ve run out of free articles. She reminded herself Prim is the reason why she must go on. It's one of the earliest flowers of the season, making the pale yellow primrose a perfect way to welcome Spring. Castor (Wes Chatham) and Pollux (Elden Henson): These are Cressida’s two cameramen. The only other known event of her early life was mentioned in Mockingjay, as Katniss recalls when her father was singing "The Hanging Tree" in their house when Prim was only a toddler as she watched Katniss make rope necklaces. Fate After Mrs. Everdeen leaves for the first aid station, Prim and Katniss bond together. Also an English surname. Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman): Taking the place of the executed Seneca Crane, Plutarch is the head gamemaker in Catching Fire. She is named for an aquatic plant with edible underwater tubers, and lives with her mother and younger sister, Primrose Everdeen (nicknamed "Prim"). Prim would always comfort and listen to Katniss and give her some advice on her problems. Shields also portrayed Lisa Rogan (also known as Lisa Royal) in a 2009 episode of the USA Network drama In Plain Sight , entitled In My Humbolt Opinion , and the voice of a girl watching a gun fight in the 7-minute 2008 Western film short, Las … Once you let that sink in, though, you can absorb the craziest part of the trilogy: the characters’ names. She is 16 years old at the beginning of the first book and is quiet, independent, and fierce. Who was Cinna? Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin): The District 4 victor known for his dashing good looks, Finnick can, of course, be finicky about his appearance. Several months later, Peeta Mellark plants primroses in front of Katniss' house in memory of Prim. Commander Paylor (Patina Miller): The leader of the rebels in District 8 has one of the more cryptic names in the book. Katniss volunteers to take the place of her younger sister and becomes District 12's girl tribute for the 74th Hunger Games. Of course, there was some debate over whether he made the bomb that killed her. When District 13 is attacked by the Capitol, Prim nearly gets trapped out of the safe quarters because she went back to rescue Buttercup, but makes it back with Gale just in time. Peeta Mellark, a boy Katniss' age and the son of the baker, is selected as the other tribute. In fact, that's how it was named, from prima rosa, meaning "first rose." One could even read the name as “ever dean”: Katniss always has to serve as a leader. Where it grows wild it is often one of the very first flowers of spring, and is plucked before others even appear. During the war, she would work with her mother in the hospital and then go out to help the injured in the midst of battle. The name has become symbolic of an unfaithful lover. The Hunger GamesCatching FireMockingjay The name Peeta means Rock and is of American origin.Peeta is a name that's been used primarily by parents who are considering baby names for boys.. Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci): The host of the Hunger Games is one of the more flamboyant Capitol dwellers. Messalla (Evan Ross): As part of Cressida’s film crew, Messalla deserts his place in the Capitol to help her film the rebellion. She is very delicate, as Katniss said, "The community home would squash her like a bug." *Correction, Nov. 20, 2014: This post originally misstated that the Roman Emperor Claudius was given his name because of a physical deformity. The sustenance provided by the goat helped Prim and her family to survive in the poor region of District 12 called the Seam.Other than her animals, Prim also had household chores and helped to take care of patients that people brought to her mother, the local healer. The names can be roughly divided into two groups. Willow Shields is an American actress who portrayed Primrose "Prim" Everdeen in The Hunger Games film, which was her big screen feature film debut. Note: There are some spoilers ahead for for those who have not read the books, though I have tried to avoid spoiling much from the final two movies in the series. When Castor was killed, Pollux asked Zeus (his father) if he could share his immortality with Castor to keep them together, and that’s how they became the constellation Gemini. But the movie’s writers knew a thing or two about how to create a Hunger Games name: According to mythology, Egeria was a nymph who served as a divine counselor to the second king of Rome—her name has become eponymous for a female adviser. Katniss Everdeen is the main protagonist in the Hunger Games. Also, Katniss tried taking Prim hunting once but she was afraid of the woods and also would talk about how they could heal a shot animal. She was born on May 11th, and it is obvious from the beginning that Prim loves all living creatures. Buttercup had a smashed-in nose and was the ugliest cat Katniss had ever seen. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence): The heroine of the trilogy has what initially seems like a not-so-heroic moniker. Slate is published by The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company. Prim watched the Games with her mother and hoped Katniss would survive. Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth): Katniss’ best friend shares his name with a strong wind—but some fansites suggest that it’s actually derived from the Old English word gaile, meaning jovial. In The Hunger Games, Cressida betrays the Capitol to direct Katniss’ propo spots. Prim is a more prominent character in the sequel, helping her mother with patients and keeping off the Capitol's toes. She explains that when alarms sounded in their school after the mining incident occurred, she went to Prim's classroom and found her waiting for her. In the 74th Hunger Games, Primrose Everdeen is first chosen for District 12. Portrayed by When Prim's cat, Buttercup travels all the way from District 13 to 12 just to find Prim, Katniss yells at him "She's dead!" Like the character, primrose flowers are not all that hardy—they're not at the Games either. Everdeen rhymes with evergreen, of course—and Katniss is responsible for those around her year round. Katniss cares about Prim above anything else in the world, and when Prim is killed in Mockingjay she is devastated to the point that she loses her voice temporarily. Victors' Village in District 12District 13 (briefly) Australian girl's name. Because her name has only been entered once, so her chance was like 1 in thousands. He continued to protect her over the night and slept by her. When Gale is whipped, along with Katniss having an injury from blocking a lash of it, Prim and her mother treat Gale and Katniss's injuries. Prim makes Katniss promise not to try on any dresses until she gets home from school. In Greek mythology, they are the twin sons of Leda and brothers of Helen of Troy. Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields): In The Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers as tribute in place of her younger sister, who is also named for a plant. Rue has gone from Golden Girls actress to Hunger Games heroine. She competes in the 75th Hunger Games and is taken captive by the Capitol with Peeta. It said in The Hunger Games that every morning she would clean off the layer of coal dust on her dead father's shaving mirror because he hated the dust. She entered the capitol innocent and unsuspecting, but when the games begin, could the capitol be successful in changing her into someone she is not, someone who will stop at nothing to win the games, someone who would kill. A character in Susan Collin's "The Hunger Game", Primrose (or just Prim) is the younger sister of the heroine, Katniss. Having so much money, they first thought to get Prim a hairbrush or cloth for a dress, but decided instead to buy a goat that had been injured. After the Capitol children barricaded at President Snow's mansion were injured by explosions caused by a hovercraft dropping parachutes (identical to the ones used by tributes' sponsors during the Games) carrying bombs that the Rebels made, Prim runs in with other District Thirteen medics, to help injured children and hears Katniss calling her name. Prim relays to Katniss the information she was taught during orientation for new citizens and surmises that it was probably just a bunker missile. Prim being held back, yelling for Katniss. You can cancel anytime. The Hunger Games names. But what about that crazy first name? As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called "The Hunger Games." Prim has a goat named Lady who provided milk and cheese. Prim says, "Next time we see each other, we'll be free.". Like a strong wind, however, the mostly absent, brooding Gale is barely visible for much of the series, and yet his presence can have dramatic effects. lights of the big city and the filming of the games (a movie is also a flick). As of Katniss' later years, she is the only Everdeen living in District 12. Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland): The evil president is named for another Roman, one who was immortalized in the Shakespeare play with the same name. He is vital to the revolution, which is also described as a civil war. Actress Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche in The Golden Girls, was born Eddi-Rue, named … When Prim’s name was called Katniss never volunteered: Young and alone, Prim had to enter a world of violence, hunger, and dangerous games. Prim continued to go to school and lived in her new house in the Victor's Village with her mother and Katniss. 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