Does anybody have any insight into what "Rura Penthe" means? Apart from "rura" being the Latinesque indicator that this is land of some sort, that is. Land of pain? Land of penalty? Land of the fifth sort of hell? Penthouse land?
If it's explained anywhere, it'll probably be in War and Peace
(but I never did get through that one, so I can neither confirm nor deny.) Jules Verne apparently never used the name, though; it seems to have been introduced into the 20,000 Leagues
story by the Disney folks who made the 1954 movie adaptation.