THE THERGERIM CALENDAR
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Dwarves use the state of sun and moon to
describe how much the day has already progressed. They refer to the hours of the
day as follows:
1Sun, (dawn) 2Sun, 3Sun, 4Sun, 4Sun, 6Sun, (noon) 7Sun, 8Sun, 9Sun, 10Sun, 11Sun, 12Sun, 13Sun, 14Moon, 15Moon, 16Moon, 17Moon, 18Moon, 19Moon, (midnight) 20Moon, 21 Moon, 22Moon, 23Moon, 24Moon, 25Moon.
Dwarves start hours at dawn, so 1Sun is about 6'oclock. 6Sun is six hours after that, so midday, or 12'oclock noon. Night falls around 7 or 8 o'clock (14Moon) and so on. Since Caelereth has a 25-hour day, it does not correspond exactly to other systems of timekeeping, but it is accurate for the entire dwarven race. They use the same numeric notation (numerals or TakWi, TakWi) but of course have their own words for them (Takaleron, Takaleron) as shown below. Unfortunately they have no use for the concept of zero (how can 'nothing' exist, especially to be counted?) and so their larger numbers become somewhat unwieldy.
Dwarven Months. Dwarves have named their months according to the most precious gems they love so dearly. The months in the right order are as follows: Korimaril (Korimaril or Diamond), Dasthomm (Dasthomm or Aemythyst), Ysaril (Ysaril or Aquarine), Anurilos (Anurilos or Sapphire), Gnasthom (Gnasthom or Peridon), Sognasthos (Emerald), Oontrom (Oontrom or Ruby), Elgaril (Elgaril or Carnelion), Urmarilion (Urmarilion or Topazum), Hotron (Hotron or Garnet), Kasthomin (Kasthomin or Turquoise), Ikharril (Ikharril or Opal).
(Month 1: Korimaril or Diamond)
Since a diamond is clear and the sparkle is considered to be cold and hard, it seems logical to think of the first month of the year to be the start of things. The birth of a year starts out frigid, clean and in sharp focus. All things start from this new beginning when color seeps in as the year passes bringing with it difussion. A crystal, although clear is usually not in its natural state, even when broken open. It must be worked and polished. A diamond may have a dull crust, but when cut open and light hits it, its cold fires shines forth.
(Month 2: Dasthomm or Amethyst)
This rich stone ranges in color from pale lilac to deep purple and is equated with royalty or a state of being regal. It is associated with the Goddess of Coldness, Queprur, and the holiday of the Days of Passing when people withdraw in their houses in order to remember their ancestors. Also, it is believed to prevent drunkenness, a useful stone to wear at this often wearying time of year, when it seems that the winter will never end and men find solace in their cups.
(Month 3: Ysaril or Aquarine)
The Aquarine color is light to medium blue, sometimes with a slight greenish splash. This shows that the world is starting to wake up. The ice is melting and things are starting to warm up as seen with the splash of green. Also, when dwarves were to look out of their homes, the sky would still be a light or gray-blue from the winds whispering or howling in the growing season.
4: Anurilos or Sapphire)
It is the divine gemstone, a gem of the heavens. The ancient Ylossians believed that the earth rested on a giant sapphire and its reflection colored the sky. The sapphire is found in all the colors: from midnight blue to the bright blue of noon sky, golden sunrise to reddish-orange, and the delicate violet of twilight. The stone was obviously chosen mainly because of the color blue, which is the dominant coloring this gem is found in. Blue usually is the color associated with water and the forth month in most parts of Santharia is the month of rains when the heavens cry their tears of joy for the coming cycle of life. Also it is a sign of fertility since the forth month of the year marks the time when the most babies are born.
5: Gnasthom or Peridot)
This is the month when the world truly starts to awaken and stretch. Its young children begin their growth reaching for the sun. Since they are just entering this new life their colors are not yet full but light shades of the promised growth to come. The peridot is a bright yellow-green to green gemstone.
6: Sognasthos or Emerald)
The world is now brimming with life and the colors are starting to darken with health and fullness. The dwarves chose this deep green stone to represent the ample summer.
7: Oontrom or Ruby)
The color of fire, heat and anger. This is when the gods of the air are at full strength and send forth their burning ardor. The world turns hot and tempers shorten with the heat. This is when the dwarven folk prefer to stay in their damp mines and caverns.
Elgaril (Month 8:
Elgaril or Carnelion)
The rays of the sun are not as direct and the world is starting to cool down. It is when the fruits of the earth are starting to ripen and farmers are thinking about harvests. It is a time of beauty with nature offering forth her bounty. Many of the colors are taking on a golden brown and the world is starting to slow down. With its brownish orange to reddish color and varying opacity, this carnelion is usually carved into scenes of warmth and beauty.
9: Urmarilion or Topazum)
The nights now have a bite to them and the children of earth are giving their final dance of color. It is the beginning to the final stages of life and the coldness to come. This stone has the amber gold of fine cognac or the blush of a peach and all the beautiful warm browns and oranges in between.
10: Hotron or Garnet)
This month is the cross-over month when summer struggles for just a few more days of life and winter demands the right of supremacy. It is a time when all colors diffuse running into one another. Garnet displays the greatest variety of color of any mineral, occurring in every color except blue. For example, it can be translucent, white, gray, yellow, yellowish green, various shades of green, brown, pink, reddish, or black.
11: Kasthomin or Turquoise)
This is the month when winter has arrived and turns the world to snow and ice. The unique cold blueish green of this stone well represents the frigid world, and its lacy patterns the hints of frost, snowflakes, and cracked ice on lakes.
12: Ikharril or Opal)
This is when the year dies as all things must in the cycle of life, to be reborn again on the new year. It is easy to see why the dwarves chose this brittle, easily-scratched, heat-sensitive stone with its pallid colours to represent the last month of their year.
Note that Thergerim gemstone names usually contain one of three or four common roots: "aril" (gem), "khirril" (jewel), "trum" (rock) or "sthom" (stone).
Dwarven Days. The following table lists the names and meanings of the dwarven days of the week: