- bad luck → worse bloody end → rory end
- Joyce's letter to Harriet Shaw Weaver of 15 November 1926: "rory = Irish = red; rory = Latin, roridus = dewy; At the rainbow's end are dew and the colour red: bloody end to the lie in Anglo-Irish = no lie"
- rory: (obsolete, rare) dewy → from roridus: (Latin) dewy → Mildew Lisa
- bloody end to the lie = no lie → hence, "rory end to the..." means "no end to the..." → the cyclical history of FW goes on and on
- rory: (dialect) (1) loud or gaudy in colour; rory-tory; (2) noisy, boisterous → FW 041.28: roaratorios
- Rory, Ruaidhrí, Roderic: variants of an Irish name which means "red-haired"
- Rory O'Connor, or Ruaidhrí Ua Conchubair: High King of Ireland when Henry II came from the East; he was the last native King of Ireland, hence "Rory end" → according to the Black Book of Howth, Sir Amory (or almeric) Tristram dies fighting against Rory O'Connor in Connacht
- nary an end: (Scots) never an end
- bloody end to the...: (Anglo-Irish) damn the..., to hell with the...
- orient: the east, where the rising Sun signifies the start of a new cycle, and from whence the invading Henry II came to put an end to Rory's reign
- gory: bloody → red
- gorri: (Basque) red
- Rosy: red (or pink)
- Roderic: the last Visigothic king of Spain