fell on the day after Midyear's Day
at the end of the sixth month Forelithe
and before the first day of Afterlithe
every fourth year. While that Midyear's Day
fell between the 1 Lithe
and 2 Lithe.
To make this simpler I'll put it into our calendar:
And in every fourth year (leap year)
These 3 and a third days plus the 2 days of Yule at the beginning of and at the end of the year, made it possible for each of the twelve Shire months to consist of 30 days. And because these five extra days didn't fall on any of the normally named days of the week, the first day of the month always fell on Saturday and the last day on Friday.
And the best thing about this calander is that the hobbits didn't have to remember the days in the month diddy:
Thirty days hast September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest eat peanut butter,
except for Grandmother,
who drives a new Buick.
Oh yeah, Laurelindhe ilmarin get the pretty bauble this time.
In which year was the first White Tree planted in Minas Anor