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Halimath

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)

Halimath or Harvestmath in Bree, was the ninth month of the Shire Calendar, following Wedmath and approximately equivalent to modern September. In fact, it ran from modern 23 August to 21 September in a normal year.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name represents a modernization of the Old English name for September, hāliġmōnaþ meaning "holy month" (referring to pagan sacrifices).[2][3]

[edit] 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 27 December 2014)
  3. Jim Allan (ed.) An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p. 227