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Starflower - Trientalis borealis

Starflower – Trientalis borealis

These links were posted throughout 2009 and also in print in Llewellyn’s 2009 Spell-a-Day Almanac, and I thought it a great idea to post them all at once on a blog post here, for easy reference.

Llewellyn published 5 Elven Spells, and here they are:

http://www.llewellyn.com/free/spell.php?spellid=3581 (Isilnarvinyë)

http://www.llewellyn.com/free/spell.php?spellid=3659 (Yestarë)

http://www.llewellyn.com/free/spell.php?spellid=3715 (Nost-na-Lothion)

http://www.llewellyn.com/spell.php?spell_id=3826 (Isilyavannië)

http://www.llewellyn.com/spell.php?spell_id=3847 (Enderi)

All of these Elven Holidays are in the older Elvish language, called Quenya.  Yestarë, Nost-na-Lothion and Enderi are explained more fully on the Elven Calendar post.

Isilnarvinyë and Isilyavannië are referring to the Full Moons that relate to that particular Elven Month.  Isilnarvinyë, the Moon of New Fire, occurs in the Elven January.  Isilyavann, the Moon of Yavanna (the Giver of Fruits) is held in the Elven September.  To find the Elven month of which a particular Full Moon is assigned, visit Encyclopedia of Arda’s Interactive Calendar, using the “Numenorean” months.  You will also notice the Elven Season of the date chosen.

These links will be available for every year, so you can enjoy these short spells and get to know some of the Valar.

Thanks for visiting – ENJOY!


Artist – John Howe


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The following is the Elven Calendar, or “Loa” with what could be termed as the Solar observations.

From Tolkien:
Turuhalmë (Elven “LogDrawing”) December 21st
Solvalwaris (Purification, begin Stirring): February 2nd
Yestarë (Elven New Year, begin Spring): March 28th
Nost-na-Lothion (Day of Flowers, begin Summer) May 22nd
Tarnin Austa (Gates of Summer) June 21st
Yavië (begin Elven Autumn) August 2nd
Enderi (Middle Days, begin Fading) September 25-27th (all 3 days)

Improvised by Tië eldaliéva:
Cuiverë Quendiva (First day of Winter/Origins of the Elves) November 21st

Tië eldaliéva improvised the Full Moons too, using the Legendarium as much as possible, and will be in the book when published.  We hope to republish Dave’s in-depth Calendar article in the near future!  In the meantime, you can find the dates of the Elven Moons by using the Encyclopedia of Arda Interactive Calendar – the months in the Quenya language are termed “Numenorean” so you know which one we use.


P.S. Dave/Aikanar/Eluyon, the author of said Calendar Article can also be found at www.westofwest.org.

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