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1. Calendars of Middle-earth

Before the Two Trees, there was no reckoning of time. When Telperion began to bloom, the First Day began; but the first hour of its bloom was not counted into the tale of hours, but was called the Opening Hour by the Valar. Thus the Count of Time began. Each day contained twelve hours, in which first Telperion and then Laurelin came to full bloom and then waned again to naught. (The Silmarillion, pp. 38-9.)

A Year of the Trees (or Year of the Valar) was the same length as ten Years of the Sun; a Valian Age was 100 Valian Years, or 1000 of our years. (HoMe vol. 4, p. 312)

After the destruction of the Trees by Morgoth and Ungoliant, and the creation of the Sun and Moon, time was reckoned differently. We do not know with certainty what calendars were used in the First Age by the Eldar, although they were probably the same or similar to the Calendar of Imladris.


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Author: Celandine Brandybuck

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Completion: Complete

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Genre: Research Article

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Last Updated: 04/04/04

Original Post: 09/17/02

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