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Solmath

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)

Solmath was the second month of the Shire Calendar. Approximately equivalent to modern February, it in fact ran from our 22 January to 20 February.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name represents a modernization of the Old English name for February, Solmónaþ, meaning "mud-month" (cf. soil).[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 1 October 2014)
  3. Jim Allan (ed.) An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p. 227