24698RE: Shire-reckoning development
- Nov 27, 2013
Mich, you may be thinking of his 24 April 1944 letter to Christopher in which he says "At this point I require to know how much later the moon gets up each night when nearing full, and how to stew a rabbit!"
The moon question prob was associated with knowing at what time Frodo would see the moon set over the Forbidden Pool the night after the stewed rabbit episode (answer: about 5 am)
---In email@example.com, <michv@...> wrote:wasn't there also some wear that he Tolkien I mean talked about going out side and looking up at the moon to judge where it was in the sky? I seem to remember something where he talked about that and the year 1948 seems to be sticking in my memory I think it was having to do with the part in the 2 towers where they are traveling at night. from Mich.----- Original Message -----From: John RateliffSent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 2:03 PMSubject: Re: [mythsoc] RE: Shire-reckoning developmentThanks, Merlin, for the nice gathering together of material. The only thing I can add is that Tolkien is still using our calendar when he wrote the timeline for THE HOBBIT which I reproduce on pages 821-822 of THE HISTORY OF THE HOBBIT. But unfortunately we don't have an exact date for that manuscript page, other than it's associated with material dating from 1944 then revisited in 1947.Interestingly enough, Tolkien's attempt to impose the Shire Calendar on THE HOBBIT seems to have been the key factor that brought work on 'The 1960 HOBBIT' to a halt. Switching a work from one calendric system to another seems to have defeated even his gifts as at retro-fitting. Alas.--JDR
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