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Events that occurred on 22 September.

[edit] On Earth

[edit] In Arda

[edit] Cultural significance

As this day was the birthday of the Ring-bearer Frodo Baggins it became significant to the New Reckoning after the War of the Ring; corresponding to 30 Yavannië, it was made a festival in honor of Frodo. See also: Cormare


[edit] Notes

As Frodo and Sam ride through the Shire in 3021, the text tells us that "the Moon went westward" above them[6]. According to astronomy, in that date of that year, no moon should have been visible.[7]

Tolkien fans celebrate Frodo's birthday as Hobbit Day, after a suggestion by the American Tolkien Society; the week containing 22 September each year is called Tolkien Week.

Despite this, how the Shire Reckoning, and consequently the date of Bilbo's and Frodo's birthday, corresponds with our calendar is a matter of debate. Appendix D says that our New Year's Day (1 January) corresponds "more or less" to the Shire's "9 January", and in standard years our 14 September corresponds to the Shire's "22 September" (256 days later). However, Appendix D also says that the Shire calendar's "Midyear's Day" is "intended to correspond as nearly as possible to the summer solstice." In the Shire calendar, 22 Halimath is 83 days after Midyear's Day. If we take the summer solstice to be our June 21, then Bilbo's and Frodo's birthday must be 83 days later, which is our September 12.

Notes

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Second Phase: XIV. Return to Hobbiton"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, The Grey Havens
  7. http://shire-reckoning.com/moon.html