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Sterday

Days in the Shire Calendar
  1. Sterday
  2. Sunday
  3. Monday
  4. Trewsday
  5. Hevensday
  6. Mersday
  7. Highday

Sterday (archaic form Sterrendei) was the first day of the week in the Shire Calendar. It was dedicated to the stars, representing the Númenórean day Orgilion.[1]

After the time of Isengrim Took II, Sterday was also the first day of each year, falling always on 2 Yule (and 2 Lithe).[1] As such, 1 April and 1 October always fell on Sterday.

[edit] Etymology

Sterday represents an archaic Hobbitish form "Sterrendei", a word preserved in the Yellowskin. It is dedicated to the stars.[1]

It is translated as "Saturday" in The Lord of the Rings but as it was the first day of the week, it corresponded more to our Monday. For this reason, The "Saturday" referred in the poem The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late, actually refers to the Hobbitish Thursday.[1][2]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
The Days of the Week in Arda
 Elvish week (Quenya):  1. Elenya 2. Anarya 3. Isilya 4. Aldúya 5. Menelya 6. Valanya (Tárion)
Elvish week (Sindarin):  1. Orgilion 2. Oranor 3. Orithil 4. Orgaladhad 5. Ormenel 6. Orbelain (Rodyn)
Númenórean week (Quenya):  1. Elenya 2. Anarya 3. Isilya 4. Aldëa 5. Menelya 6. Eärenya 7. Valanya
Númenórean week (Sindarin):  1. Orgilion 2. Oranor 3. Orithil 4. Orgaladh 5. Ormenel 6. Oraearon 7. Orbelain
Hobbit week (archaic):  1. Sterrendei 2. Sunnendei 3. Monendei 4. Trewesdei 5. Hevenesdei 6. Meresdei 7. Hihdei
Hobbit week (late T.A.):  1. Sterday 2. Sunday 3. Monday 4. Trewsday 5. Hevensday (Hensday) 6. Mersday 7. Highday