19 Mar 05 11:44 PM
Reply To: 39246
Elcalion, this is an interesting question, and I hope I can justify your confidence in me. Even better if someone else can shed more light, it is certainly confusing!
I take this as meaning that the attack occurred in Jan/Feb 1974
Agreed - Winter of 1974 means Jan and Feb of 1974.
However, Arvedui drowns in March 1975,
This is the confusing part. In Appendix A, The Realms In Exile, The Northern Line - Heirs of Isildur
, his date of death is given as 1974.
Yet Appendix B,The Tale of Years
, says 1975. In Peoples of Middle-earth, the date of Arevedui's death is usually given as 1974; but in one instance, The Heirs of Elendil
(p 195) he has both dates, with 1975 in parentheses. Generally Christopher Tolkien explains any contradictions and points out errors, but I can't find an explanation here.
As for the warning coming in Autumn 1973, and the final blow over a year later, I can see that as reasonable. They could know he was preparing, gathering men and forging weapons way in advance. With continuing attacks and vigorous defense, the process could last a year or more.
Putting all this together, I think the missing year is in the contradiction between the date given in Appendix A and the one given in Appendix B. Which might not help much.