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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)

Wedmath is the eighth month of the Shire Calendar, following Afterlithe and approximately equivalent to modern August. In fact, it ran from modern 24 July to 22 August in a normal year.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name represents a modernization of the Old English name for August, Wéodmónaþ, meaning "grass-month" (cf. weed).[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 21 September 2014)
  3. Jim Allan (ed.) An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p. 227