... There s a full date list in Appendix B for LOTR, but briefly the main tale starts in autumn, goes through winter to spring, with the hobbits returning homeMessage 1 of 3 , Mar 13View SourceOn Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 09:46:27AM -0400, Mich wrote:
> Hi all. I just was wondering in what months of the year do theThere's a full date list in Appendix B for LOTR, but briefly the main
> events in lotr and the hobbit take place?
tale starts in autumn, goes through winter to spring, with the hobbits
returning home the next fall.
_The Hobbit_ is not quite so clear with dates, but it looks as if
Bilbo leaves with the Dwarves in springtime, crosses the Misty
Mountains in summer, and reaches Erebor in fall.
> I just was sitting eating breakfast and thinking of this. I onceI'd have some trouble with that -- would want to keep reading,
> knew some one who talked about reading lotr at different months of
> the year coinciding with the different parts of the quest. from Mich.
rather than stop and wait a month at various parts o the tale.
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Briefly: Frodo & companions leave Bag End on September 22, and reach Rivendell just under a month later (Frodo awakens on Oct 24). The Fellowship departsMessage 2 of 3 , Mar 14View SourceBriefly: Frodo & companions leave Bag End on September 22, and reach Rivendell just under a month later (Frodo awakens on Oct 24). The Fellowship departs Rivendell on Dec 25 and arrive in Lorien in the evening of January 15. They stay a month and leave Lorien on February 16, the battle of the Pelennor and Frodo's escape from captivity happen on March 15th, and Barad-dur falls on March 25. These are all dates according to the Shire-reckoning, but the span of equinox to Christmas/solstice to Lady Day/equinox/Julian New Year was not an accident.
The Hobbit begins at the end of April, Thorin & Co are in Rivendell at midsummer, they reach Lake-town on Bilbo's birthday (Sept 22), and the death of Smaug and the Battle of Five Armies occur *probably* in mid- to late November (Tolkien's pretty vague on this, and doesn't seem to allow enough time for Bilbo and Gandalf to reach Beorn's hall by Christmas).