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Eä Tolkien Society Meeting Notes for June 19th, 2021

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Notes for June 2021 Eä Tolkien Society (Spokane, Washington)
June 19, 2021
Anthony, Hawke, Brian, Sam, and Gary (online).
Brian read May notes
Introductions (Gary shared a little about himself)
Tolkien Topic: Holidays in Middle-earth
a. Shire Calendar (
b. Elvish Festivals
i. Sovalle from Quenya (Purification) sometime in February
1. Mysterious
2. Celebrated by Noldor and Vanyar
ii. Elvish Spring Festivals—Mettare and Yestare
iii. Gondolin—flower festival in spring “Nost-na-Lothion” and right
before the attack of the dragons they celebrated the Gates of
Summer “Tarnin Austa”
iv. Earendil—arrived in Valinor when everybody was at unnamed festival
c. Numenorean—3 Annual holidays and the king’s prayer to Eru on Mount
Meneltarma. (Bloodless sacrifice)
i. “Erukyerme” in Spring
ii. “Erulaitale” at Midsummer
iii. “Eruhantale” at Harvest
d. Gondorian
i. Custom of facing the West in giving thanks (Rangers of Ithilien)
ii. Comare (start of the War of the Ring)
e. Q about elvish feast in Mirkwood... what the dwarves stumbled upon.
i. Could this have been an unnamed early harvest holiday of the Elves
of Mirkwood? Their customs would be different than the Elves of
Rivendell or Lothlorien.
Tolkien Topic: Dwarvish women bearded—what source?
a. Appendix A of LOTR
b. History of the Middle Earth: War of the Jewels
Tolkien Topic: midsummer’s night’s eve.
Tolkien Topic: Update on Amazon acquiring all rights (including Hobbits)
a. Article
b. Discussion of proto-Hobbits possible in the Second Age (quote from Prologue
of LOTR)
c. Debate
8.9.10.Tolkien Topic: Tolkien as illustrator
a. List of books related to it
b. Favorite picture by Tolkien
c. Media—watercolor, pencil, ink
d. Maps (esp. Numenor)
We read Letters of Tolkien 184 and 185
Tolkien Topic for another time: Magic in Middle-earth
Reference to Tolkienmoot XVII, when our next meeting will be: Saturday, July 17,
from 1 pm-3 pm.




Next meeting: at TolkienMoot XVII, July 17th , 1-3 pm PST8/PDT7


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