Cormarë

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Cormarë
Event
Other namesRingday
LocationReunited Kingdom
Date22 September of the Fourth Age
Part ofNew Reckoning calendar
ReferencesThe Return of the King, "Appendix D"

Cormarë (Q.Ringday) was a festival honoring the birthday of Frodo Baggins, destroyer of the One Ring.

History[edit]

In Aragorn the King Elessar's New Reckoning calendar, 30 Yavannië was made a festival in honor of the Ring-bearer, since it corresponded with Frodo's birthday, 22 September in the Shire Calendar. Except in leap-years 30 Yavannië corresponded with 21 September in the Shire Calendar (due to its Overlithe leap-day at midsummer), so the New Reckoning's leap-day was inserted between Yavannië and its Enderi and Frodo's birthday feast was doubled in leap-years.[1] It's not clear if the last day of the month of Yavannië was still referred to as "30 Yavannië", or if this day, and the leap-day, were simply called Cormarë.

Etymology[edit]

Cormarë is a Quenya word glossed as "Ringday", apparently being a compound of corma ("ring")[2] and the suffixal form of ("day").[3]

Outside the legendarium[edit]

22 September is a popular "ceremonial" date for founding Tolkien societies. Unquendor (the Netherlands), Eredain (Switzerland), Imladris (Denmark) and several others were founded on this day. Another ceremonial day is 3 January, the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Among fans, 22 September is also commonly observed as the Hobbit Day.

External links[edit]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
  2. Helge Fauskanger, "English-Quenya Wordlist (Quettaparma Quenyanna)", Ardalambion (accessed 25 June 2011)
  3. Paul Strack, "Q. Cormarë pn.", Eldamo (accessed 13 September 2022)