The Calendar

The calendar is clearly of ancient origin.  It is a calendar of twelve months alternating between 29 and 30 days each followed by an intercalary month, usually nine days long. The calendar was originally a lunar calendar but has been adapted through the intercalary month to conform to the solar year.

Because of the intercalary month, the lunar cycle slips out of synch with the solar cycle.  However, the years on which the 1st Day of Ralialul (New Year’s Day) and the first day of a lunar month occur on the same day (about once every 19 years) are known as “Moon Years” and are considered especially sacred and/or lucky in many cultures.  In Greatvale, the New Year’s Day of a Moon Year is known as “Monanhælletung” meaning “Moon’s Greeting” and is a great feast day, as is the final day of the 12th Month, which is known as “Monanforthweg” or “Moon’s Departure”.

The fact that all the month names are in the Elder Tongue hints at its truly ancient origins.  In some realms, a local variation on the month names exists alongside the traditional names.

Month Name Meaning Greatvale Name No. of Days Approx. Gregorian
1 Ralialul Rain month Regenmath 29 March
2 Abulilul Lengthening Lenctenmath 30 April
3 Kinidulul Flowers month Blostmath 29 May
4 Ganadulul Trees month Treowmath 30 June
5 Shadjalul Sun month Sunnemath 29 July
6 Zozhalul Heat month Hæthemath 30 August
7 Etendelul Harvest month Hærfestmath 29 September
8 Oktotulul Leaves month Leafmath 30 October
9 Abumilul Shortening Cyrtenmath 29 November
10 Dunnolul Dark month Deorcmath 30 December
11 Lawalalul Snow month Snawmath 29 January
12 Othalul Wind month Windmath 30 February
Meralul Between month Midmath 9-12 [1]

[1] The length of the Meralul is calculated every year and is usually nine days long, but may be longer if the calendar has slipped out of alignment with the sun.