In the Shire Calendar, Yule referred to two days (the last of the previous and the first of the new year). Due to a peculiarity of the Calendar, the 2 Yuledays were "between" and outside the formal months of Foreyule and Afteryule. They always fell on the same days of the week: the last day of the year, 1 Yule, was always a Highday (Friday), while the first day of the following year, 2 Yule, was always a Sterday (Saturday).[note 1]
- "Very best wishes for Yule - J. R. R. Tolkien"
- ― Tolkien to Richard Jeffery in Letter 347, (dated 17 December 1972)
However it's possible that it derives from a form of Northern Mannish and later used in Rohirric. Since Gondorians of the Third Age were in part Northmen, the word was recognisable as a 'northern name' for the midwinter festival.
Other versions of the legendarium
- Main article: Turuhalmë
- On a modern calendar, they fell approximately on 21 and 22 December.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Shire Calendar"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 781
- Letter to Jonathan Hepworth (referenced here)
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), pp. 31, 69