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LOTR Lunar Readalong for the month of S.R. 1419 Winterfilth, Book VI Chapter 6 - 8: Departing Rivendell and returning to The Shire


Sep 27 2018, 2:16pm

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LOTR Lunar Readalong for the month of S.R. 1419 Winterfilth, Book VI Chapter 6 - 8: Departing Rivendell and returning to The Shire Can't Post

This post is a continuation of my last Lunar Readalong post.

What's the LOTR Lunar Readalong all about? See The Lord of the Rings Lunar Readalong project page for more info.

Today's Readalong post has also been posted to Reddit.

We have a waning gibbous moon for this week's Readalong, ending about a day before the moon's 3rd quarter (though in this year's schedule it will come a day later).

So our travellers will have some moonlit evenings initially on their journey from Rivendell, but the moon is rising later and later each night this week. After this week, it won't rise until midnight or later.

This week also marks the last known Rivendell Reckoning date corresponding with a Shire-reckoning date. The first of the Enderi (Middle-days) of the Calendar of Imladris that year fell on S.R. 1419 Winterfilth 4 (T.A. 3019 'October' 4). We know there were at least 3 that year, ending on Winterfilth 6, but if it happened to be a leap-year in that Elvish calendar, there would have been 3 more after that (each leap-year has 3 leap-days since the Calendar of Imladris has a leap-year only once every 12 years). This is because the only known correspondence of a Rivendell Reckoning date to the Shire Calendar was the Elves' New Year on S.R. 1419 Astron 6 (T.A. 3019 'April' 6), but we don't know when the Calendar of Imladris started reckoning, so we don't know when its leap-years were during the Third Age (or before or after).

It's interesting that the hobbits decided to leave Rivendell during the Enderi, which were likely holidays and a time of celebration for the Elves. The story doesn't mention anything about this holiday (so this part could have already been written before Tolkien finalized the Calendar of Imladris). Still I could speculate that the holiday might have played a part in their decision to leave: Maybe they wanted to leave then because the Elvish holiday reminded them of the holidays they were missing at home? Or maybe they decided to leave in the middle of the Enderi since that's how they wanted to remember Rivendell, during a time of festival?


Oct 16 2018, 2:44pm

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LOTR Lunar Readalong the week of 1419 Winterfilth 23: Gandalf and the Hobbits reach Weathertop, then Bree. [In reply to] Can't Post

For this week's Readalong, Gandalf and the hobbits reach Weathertop this evening, S.R. 1419 Winterfilth 23 (T.A. 3019 'October' 23) according to Tolkien's scheme as quoted in The Reader's Companion. This was the evening after the moon's 1st quarter (although in this year's schedule the 1st quarter comes about 1/2 a day later).

By the end of the week they will reach Bree, just a couple of nights before the full moon. Then there will be a reading every day next week through Saturday for the Battle of Bywater and the end of the War of the Ring!


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