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Afteryule

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Months in the Shire Calendar
  1. Afteryule (January)
  2. Solmath (February)
  3. Rethe (March)
  4. Astron (April)
  5. Thrimidge (May)
  6. Forelithe (June)
  7. Afterlithe (July)
  8. Wedmath (August)
  9. Halimath (September)
  10. Winterfilth (October)
  11. Blotmath (November)
  12. Foreyule (December)

Afteryule or Frery (in Bree) was the first month of the Shire calendar, thirty days immediately following the holiday of Yule (hence its name). It ran from modern 23 December to 21 January.

Etymology

The name represents a modernization of the Old English name for January, æfterra ġēola.[1]

Frery represents Old English frēorig meaning "freezing".[2]

References

  1. Arden R. Smith, "The Shire month-names" , Mellonath Daeron - The Language Guild of the Forodrim (accessed 5 July 2015)
  2. Jim Allan (ed.) An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p. 227