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Shire Calendar reformed (estimated date)

Event Type: Cultural/Social

Age: 3rd Age - The Stewards

Year: 2700


The Shire-folk introduced [to their calendar] one small innovation of their own (eventually also adopted in Bree). which they called Shire-reform. They found the shifting of the weekday names in relation to dates from year to year untidy and inconvenient. So in the time of Isengrim II they arranged that the odd day which put the succession out, should have no weekday name. After that Mid-year's Day (and the Overlithe) was known only by its name and belonged to no week.... In consequence of this reform the year always began on the First Day of the week and ended on the Last Day; and the same date in any one year had the same weekday name in all other years, so that Shire-folk no longer bothered to put the weekday in their letters or diaries. They found this quite convenient at home, but not so convenient if they ever travelled further than Bree.

The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, The Calendars

The date is an estimate, set during the reign of Isengrim II, 2683-2722 Third Age.

Elena Tiriel 8Oct08

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