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Months in the Shire Calendar
  1. Afteryule (January)
  2. Solmath (February)
  3. Rethe (March)
  4. Astron (April)
  5. Thrimidge (May)
  6. Forelithe (June)
  7. Afterlithe (July)
  8. Wedmath (August)
  9. Halimath (September)
  10. Winterfilth (October)
  11. Blotmath (November)
  12. Foreyule (December)

The third month of the Shire Calendar, lying between Solmath and Astron, and approximately equivalent to modern March. In fact, it ran from modern 21 February to 22 March.[1]


The name represents a modernization of the Old English name for March, Hreþmōnaþ, meaning "rough-month".[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
  2. Arden R. Smith, "The Shire month-names", Mellonath Daeron - The Language Guild of the Forodrim (accessed 10 October 2015)