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This article is about a day of celebration in the legendarium. For the series of books published by Walking Tree Publishers, see Cormarë Series.

Cormarë or Ringday was a day of celebrations in the Reunited Kingdom of the Fourth Age to celebrate the birthday of Frodo Baggins, destroyer of the One Ring.

In Aragorn the King Elessar's New Reckoning calendar, 30 Yavannië was made a festival in honor of the Ring-bearer, since it corresponded with Frodo's birthday, 22 September in the Shire Calendar. Except in leap-years 30 Yavannië corresponded with 21 September in the Shire Calendar (due to its Overlithe leap-day at midsummer), so the New Reckoning's leap-day was inserted between Yavannië and its Enderi and Frodo's birthday feast was doubled in leap-years.[1] It's not clear if the last day of the month of Yavannië was still referred to as "30 Yavannië", or if this day, and the leap-day, were simply called Cormarë.

[edit] Etymology

Cormarë is a Quenya word glossed as "Ringday", apparently containing the unattested word corma ("ring").[2]

[edit] Uses outside the legendarium

22 September is a popular "ceremonial" date for founding Tolkien societies. Unquendor (the Netherlands), Eredain (Switzerland), Imladris (Denmark) and several others were founded on this day. Another ceremonial day is 3 January, the birthday of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Among fans, 22 September is also commonly observed as the Hobbit Day.

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
  2. Helge Fauskanger, "English-Quenya Wordlist (Quettaparma Quenyanna)", Ardalambion (accessed 25 June 2011)