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Astron

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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)

Astron or Chithing in Bree, was the fourth month of the year according to the Shire Calendar, approximately equivalent to modern April.[1]

Etymology

The name represents a modernization of the Old English name for the Easter, ēastre.[2] The actual name for April was ēastermōnaþ

Chithing represents ciðing "germinating".[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
  2. Arden R. Smith, "The Shire month-names" , Mellonath Daeron - The Language Guild of the Forodrim (accessed 18 September 2014)
  3. Jim Allan (ed.) An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p. 228