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Events that occurred on 7 March.


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J.R.R. Tolkien wanted this night to have a full moon (seen both by Frodo and Pippin, and the muster of Rohan) and adjusted other dates and routes around it. At first, Tolkien thought that time "froze" while the Fellowship of the Ring stayed in Lothlórien, and in the first drafts of The Forbidden Pool, Frodo was witnessing the full moon on the night of 6 February. Later Tolkien changed his mind about Lothlórien, and also invented the Shire Reckoning. To accommodate the full moons, and the new calendar, he adjusted the Fellowship's departure on 16 February.[1]


  1. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pp. xlvi, xlvii