Gandalf leaves a letter for Frodo with Barliman Butterbur (approximate date)
Event Type: General
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: June 30, 3018
An event in the prelude to Gandalf's Imprisonment in Isengard; see that entry for an overview:
'... I wrote a message to Frodo, and trusted to my friend the innkeeper to send it to him.'
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 2, Ch 2, The Council of Elrond
'Where was I?' said the landlord, pausing and snapping his fingers. 'Ah, yes! Old Gandalf. Three months back he walked right into my room without a knock. Barley, he says, I'm off in the morning. Will you do something for me? You've only to name it, I said. I'm in a hurry, said he, and I've no time myself, but I want a message took to the Shire. Have you anyone you can send, and trust to go? I can find someone, I said, tomorrow, maybe, or the day after. Make it tomorrow, he says, and then he gave me a letter.
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 10, Strider
The actual date of this event is Mid-year's Day 3018, but that cannot be represented using modern date software. In the Middle-earth calendar, three days fall between 30 June and 1 July in non-leap years; in order, they are: 1 Lithe, Mid-year's Day (Midsummer), and 2 Lithe.
Elena Tiriel 16Jul07