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Solmath

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)

Solmath was the second month of the Shire Calendar, with thirty days approximately corresponding to modern 22 January through 20 February.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name represents a modernization of the Old English name for February, Solmónaþ, meaning "mud-month" (cf. soil).[2][3]

In colloquial hobbitish, the month was pronounced, and sometimes spelled, Somath.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 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 19 July 2018)
  3. Jim Allan (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p. 227