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Víressë was the name for the month of the year (asta) that followed the month Súlimë and preceded the month Lótessë. It was the fourth month in the King's Reckoning and the Stewards' Reckoning; in the latter calendar, it was preceded by the feast-day of Tuilérë. After the introduction of New Reckoning, Víressë became the first month.[1]

Víressë was approximately equivalent to Astron (though in fact running from modern 23 March and 21 April in the King's Reckoning or 24 March and 22 April in the Stewards' Reckoning).

[edit] Etymology

This Quenya name is related to words such as virya "fresh" and perhaps derives from an Elvish root having to do with freshness or youth.[2] Víressë was the Quenya name inherited from Númenor and traditionally used by the Westron-speaking peoples. The Dúnedain themselves however used the Sindarin name of the month, Gwirith.[1]

[edit] Inspiration

As the Númenorean calendars seem to be based on the French Republican Calendar, the name and meaning of the month corresponds to the month Germinal, meaning "seed-time".[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
  2. Helge Fauskanger, "Quettaparma Quenyallo", Ardalambion (accessed 23 April 2018)
  3. Jim Allan (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, Elvish loanwords in Indo-European, p. 151