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Reviews For Linguistic Foolery
Again, a lovely and handy resource for lazy people like me who don't want to look everything up but still want some kind of "but it's in the books!" explanation handy when the canatics come and tear things up ;)
Nost-na-Lothion seems to be a tricky case, though. Your reasons for placing it in early May (in the spot of Beltane/Walpurgis, so to say?) are all valid, but I'm still wondering. The Nost part makes me think more of the time of year when the first flowers appear (pushing Nost-na-Lothion more towards Easter) than of the time of year when there are lots and lots of flowers everywhere. The description of melting snow also suggests March rather than May to me...
Of course, what the question probably boils down to is where to place Beleriand on a map of the world. In England, spring certainly sets in in March (if by "spring" or "birth of flowers" you mean "Yay, the snow is gone, oh look here's a narcissus and there's a crocus and the plum trees start to blossom"); in Skandinavia spring is naturally coming later, and the beginning of spring celebrated on May 1st rather than at the vernal equinox. Oof.
Sorry about all this rambling!
Darth, thank you for this! It's a great resource, and I found it a fascinating read, too. I've been working on a story/plot bunny that's insisting on being divided by the seasons, and working it around festival and holidays will help me to organise it in a way that's 'authentic' to the setting (Tirion, in this case)... the holidays and festivals might also provide some plot fodder - I'm liking the idea of festivals for love and music.
Thank you so much for this elaborate essay, it answers questions I already had (like are there named holidays and if so when) for this so it couldn't have come a a better time!
This is one is terrific. One of my favorites. Exremely useful collection of information. I often fnd myself caught up on needing holidays for my stories. My elf stories are based loosely in my real life and holidays seem to frame and/or divide the year, if for no other reason than as days off work and the time to start arguments and get oneself into hot water.
Love your research and your logical extrapolation from it.