It’s been a while since I posted…. well, anything here. I’ve been working lately on a bit of culture and calendar stuff. It’s been a while since I looked at holidays/festivals/cultural common events for any of the people in my writing, and I revisited it after playing a lil Skyrim, watching the first season of Game of Thrones, and reading some Wheel of Time stuff. All the inspirational stoofs, you know?
Anyway… Days of the week —
Anar’re – Sun Day
Amrun’re – Morn Day
Nelde’re – Third Day
Ened’re – Mid Day
Elena’re – Star Day
Dome’re – Eve Day
Ithil’re – Moon Day
Some not-so-well known calender facts —
Once upon a time (I don’t know when) the month of March was actually regarded as the beginning of the year. September, October, November, and December are the only number named months, from the latin. Septem-7, Octem-8, etc. I decided with the calendar for my writing, I’d try to emulate this. It amounts, simply, to starting the year with the end of Winter and beginning of Spring, rather than partway through Winter. The names of months are being changed for my writing, but there is also a similar theme that comes from the origins of the names of the months of July and August. (hint, Julius and Augustus Caesar.)
Gregorian Calendar Month – Elven Calendar Month – Meaning/Origin:
March – Eldarime – From the children of the 8 Prime Fae, one of Danu and Thanatos’s children, Eldarie was a female Fae that was regarded as one of the many Fae that made up the stars, or created the stars. Though still below the Prime Fae, she was regarded as the embodiment of the Morning Star.
April – Ataranime – From the phrase, Atara nie, meaning “Mother’s Weeping,” this month is named for the month long tears shed by Danu. In an age long past, the war between the Sylvan and the Sidhe brought about the extinction of both races. The death of the Sylvan, Danu’s first children within the many worlds of the cosmos, brought Danu intense sorrow and grief.
May – Anorime – Anorious was one of the Fae children of Danu and Ignis, and is regarded as one of the Fae spirits over the Dawn and Birth. It is during this month, after Danu’s month long lament, that her tears, and the magic released into the cosmos from the death of the Sylvan, that the Elven race was born. And with them, Danu let new flowers and trees and other plant-life blossom to welcome them into the worlds of the cosmos.
June – Ohtarime – Ohtaer was one of the Fae children of Ignis and Ventanis and is regarded by some to be the ‘god of war.’ His symbol is a forge fire with bellows blowing.
July – Nominime – Nominmele was one of the Fae children of Danu and Seraphim, and is regarded as a spirit of passion and wisdom.
August – Hyandime – This month was named for Hyandur Silverleaf who, during this month many years ago, reunited the different sub-species of Elves into a singular nation long after the Grey Elf Empire crumbled at the hands of the demon-possessed Dradar (Half-Dragon).
September – Raenime – Raenir ael’Sylvere was the first Emperor of the Grey Elf Empire. During this month, many years ago, he was responsible for pushing the Orcs off the sub-continent of Silveria for the first time, chasing them to the continent of Telluria.
October – Wendime – Wendelin is one of the Fae children of Danu and Terranis and is regarded as the spirit of fertility and growth.
November – Viresime – Viresse is one of the Fae children of Terranis and Ventanis and is regarded as the spirit of the hearth fire and harvest.
December – Losime – Losien is one of the Fae children of Aquanis and Thanatos and is regarded as the spirit of winter’s early frost.
January – Mirilime – Mirilien is one of the Fae children of Aquanis and Seraphim and is regarded as the spirit of winter’s replenishment of the soil for next year’s crops.
February – Ilmenime – Ilmenie was one of the Fae children of Danu and Thanatos. Ilmenie was a female Fae that was regarded as one of the many Fae that made up the stars, or created the stars. Though still below the Prime Fae, she was regarded as the embodiment of the Evening Star.
Elven Holidays, with dates from the previously mentioned calendar.
Dawn of the Morning Star – (Eldarime 1st-7th) Celebration of the new year. (Eldarime, however, corresponds with the month of March, as the end of winter and the beginning of spring.) Crop planting begins.
Rin tel’fealant – (To remember the spirit’s fall) A day of remembrance, with festivities, held to pay respect to the fallen Sylvan and offer condolences and love to the Prime Fae Danu. (Ataranime 14th)
Niireyave – (Tear’s End) The shed tears of Danu, the mother-of-all, brings forth the birth of the Elves. This festival rings out the joy that came from the end of Danu’s sorrow. (Communities celebrate all throughout the month, but its technical observance is Anorime, 16th-30th)
Sylvan Vineleaf Festival – (Ohtarime, 23rd-30th) The first seeds come to maturity early in the summer in the warm forests near to Demeteria’s equator on the continent of Verdania. A festival is held to honor the first crop to come in the year, and to share in the sweet wines made in the Vineyards of the western Sylvan Wood.
Lindanaur – (Nominime 8th-22nd) Meaning “Song of Fire,” Lindanaur is a two-week celebration of mid-summer. In origin, it celebrated the end of conflicts between the Gray Elves and the Dradar, even though their demonic corruption destroyed the Empire years later.
Sea Scout Games – (Hyandime 8th-14th) A week-long tournament of beach and sea-faring contests started by the Sea Elves. Since its inception, it has extended invitations to the other Elves as well as other races abroad.
Unification Day – (Hyandime 17th) The official date Hyandur Silverleaf finished negotiations and efforts with the various Elven races and formed the United Elven Nation that exists today.
Dawn of the Evening Star – (Raenime 1st-7th) Celebration of the mid-year. It is at this time that memory is given to the end of things; memorials decorated with the samples of the year’s flowers as the years final crops are brought in to store for the winter ahead.
Founding Day – (Raenime 9th) Long-since out of observation, this was the day that Raenir ael’Sylvere declared the Gray Elf Nation an empire, after the final battle that chased the Orcs to Telluria.
Duskpine Vineleaf Festival – (Raenime 23rd-30th) The second seeds come to maturity in the late summer and early autumn in the colder forests in the south of Verdania. A festival is held to honor the second crop of the year and to share in the wine made of their fruits. Not as sweet as those of the Sylvan Wood forest vineyards, but still sweeter than anything the Dwarves or Humans make.
Frostfield Vineleaf Festival – (Losime 8th-14th) Though a smaller celebration at first, with materials coming from the northern Dwarven mountains, after the discovery of the Snow Elves a boost in the celebration created this new festival. It is held to celebrate the growth of crops that grow better in the colder climates and colder months of the year. Planted at the beginning of autumn and picked in the early to middle winter, the wines and fruits this crop bears tend to be perpetually cold and refreshing.
After making a calendar, days of the week, and holidays for the elves, I was in a kick for searching through and coming up with elvish words for things. So I came up with the names of the elves in Elvish. o.o
Shaelea – Sea Elves
Ornlea – Forest Elves
Nandalea – Marsh Elves
Fauglea – Desert Elves
Coralea – High Elves
Mithlea – Gray Elves
Losalea – Snow Elves
Hostarlea – Jungle Elves
Rhovalea – Wild Elves
Nos’templea – The Sylvan (according to the High Elves)
Sylvelea – The Elves (according to the Gray Elves)
After I did that, inspired from watching the first season of Game of Thrones, I came up with some terms for the society of the newly added Wild Elves sect.
khila – follower (general citizens)
tuar – servant (craftsmen)
osta – defender (soldiers)
Khilasa – title, one of the circle of advisors to the Calarim.
Khilwen – wife of the Khilasa.
Tuarasa – title, one of the circle of advisors to the Calarim.
Tuarwen – wife of the Tuarasa.
Ostarasa – title, one of the circle of advisors to the Calarim.
Ostarwen – wife of the Ostarasa.
Calarim – title, Chief/Leader
Calarwen – title, Lead Lady/wife of the Calarim