Solmath was the second month of the Shire Calendar. Approximately equivalent to modern February, it in fact ran from our 22 January to 20 February.
The name represents a modernization of the Old English name for February, Solmónaþ, meaning "mud-month" (cf. soil).
In colloquial hobbitish, the month was pronounced, and sometimes spelled, Somath.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
- ↑ Arden R. Smith, "The Shire month-names" , Mellonath Daeron - The Language Guild of the Forodrim (accessed 20 December 2014)
- ↑ Jim Allan (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p. 227