Monday, 31 October 2011

Reforming the calendar, Hobbit style

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Thirteen lunar months of 28 days with one day left over and given its own name - say New Year's Day, or Christmas Day.

Every Leap Year, add another Leap Year's Day.

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Each date would then fall on the same weekday every year: many diary makers would go out of business.

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This system is (more or less) the one used by Shire Hobbits (according to the Appendices of Lord of the Rings); and was also 'discovered', or inferred, or at least claimed to be that of the pre-Roman ancient Britons by Robert Graves, in The White Goddess.

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