Aragorn the King Elessar's New Reckoning was the calendar system introduced in Gondor shortly after the War of the Ring and intended to replace the Stewards' Reckoning. It became the common calendar of the Reunited Kingdom during the Fourth Age, except in The Shire where the use of the Shire Calendar continued.
The chief feature of the New Reckoning calendar was that the year began on the anniversary of the destruction of the One Ring.
Its other notable feature was that the birthday of Frodo Baggins, 30 Yavannië in the New Reckoning which corresponded with 22 Halimath in the Shire Calendar, was made a festival in honor of the Ring-bearer. In leap-years 30 Yavannië corresponded with 21 Halimath in the Shire Calendar (due to its Overlithe leap-day at midsummer), so the New Reckoning leap-day was inserted between Yavannië and the Enderi, and Frodo's birthday feast, called Cormarë or "Ringday", was doubled in leap-years.
Structure[edit | edit source]
|Month number||Quenya||Sindarin||Relationship to Shire Calendar|
|1||Víressë||Gwirith||26 Rethe to 25 Astron|
|2||Lótessë||Lothron||26 Astron to 25 Thrimidge|
|3||Nárië||Nórui||26 Thrimidge to 25 Forelithe|
|4||Cermië||Cerveth||26 Forelithe to 22 Afterlithe (21 in leap years)|
|5||Úrimë||Urui||23 (22) Afterlithe to 22 (21) Wedmath|
|6||Yavannië||Ivanneth||23 (22) Wedmath to 22 (21) Halimath|
|Cormarë||22 Halimath[note 1]|
|1 Enderë||23 Halimath|
|2 Enderë||25 Halimath|
|7||Narquelië||Narbeleth||26 Halimath to 25 Winterfilth|
|8||Hísimë||Hithui||26 Winterfilth to 25 Blotmath|
|9||Ringarë||Girithron||26 Blotmath to 25 Foreyule|
|10||Narvinyë||Narwain||26 Foreyule to 23 Afteryule|
|11||Nénimë||Nínui||24 Afteryule to 23 Solmath|
|12||Súlimë||Gwaeron||24 Solmath to 23 Rethe|
- ↑ It's not clear if the last day of Yavannië was still referred to as "30 Yavannië", or if this day, and the leap-day, were simply called Cormarë.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
External links[edit | edit source]
- The Shire Reckoning project, dedicated to simulations and detailed analysis of all the calendars of The Lord of the Rings Appendix D.