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Lótessë

Lótessë was the name for the month of the year (asta) that followed the month Víressë and preceded the month Nárië. It was the fifth month in the King's Reckoning and the Stewards' Reckoning. After the introduction of New Reckoning, the year started with Víressë so Lótessë became the second month.[1]

Lótessë in the Kings' Reckoning (and for the most part in the Stewards' Reckoning) corresponded to Thrimidge in the Shire Calendar (approximately modern 22 April through 21 May).

[edit] Etymology

The word includes the word lótë, "blossom". Lótessë was the Quenya name inherited from Númenor and traditionally used by the Westron-speaking peoples. The Dúnedain themselves however used the Sindarin name of the month, Lothron.[1]

[edit] Inspiration

As the Númenorean calendars seem to be based on the French Republican Calendar, the name and meaning of the month corresponds to the month Floréal, meaning "flowery".[2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
  2. Jim Allan (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p. 151