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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, was the fourth month of the year according to the Shire Calendar, approximately equivalent to modern April. This month was called Chithing in Bree and the Eastfarthing.[1]


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


  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 21 March 2018)