Elvish Linguistic Calendar Spring 2001 - Stirring 2002
The Elvish Linguistic Calendar Spring 2001 - Stirring 2002 is a downloadable calendar by Gwaith-i-Phethdain and the Polish Tolkien Society. The calendar features nine illustrations by Karolina Stopa, Małgorzata Pudlik, Gildor Inglorion, and Ryszard Derdziński.
From Ryszard Derdziński's website:
- Its full title is Elvish Linguistic Calendar because it contains 8 short texts in Quenya with commentaries and the 'reconstructed words' dictionaries and seasonal Quenya glossaries...All the dates in the Middle-earth calendars are given in the Fëanorian numerals. The calendar contains the Foreword explaining the Elvish numerals and all the calendar arrangements and the Note on the Calculations by Boris Shapiro. It can be a nice item in your Tolkien collection or calendar collection.
The Calendar treats the Anno Domini/Common Era, as the "Seventh Age", according to Boris Shapiro's interpretation of Letter 211 that "we are actually at the end of the Sixth Age, or in the Seventh": Shapiro preferred to choose the Seventh, with the birth of Christ as an event important enough to signal its beginning, "sure that Tolkien would agree". Interestingly, twenty years later, a later note of Tolkien was published about 1960 being "1960 of the Seventh Age", indicating that the Christian reckoning is the Seventh Age.
- Boris Shapiro, "The Calendars of Imladris, Gondor and the Shire and their adaptation for Gregorian reckoning", (accessed 8 August 2023)
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part One. Time and Ageing: VI. The Awaking of the Quendi", p. 39