THE THERGERIM CALENDAR

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Dwarven Times. 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).

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:

Dwarven Days of the Week

Day

Name

Meaning

1 Hunden The etymology of this word is unclear to dwarven scholars, but it seems to have originated with the root verb "hund", meaning "home".  It has been suggested that it was a day to do housecleaning,  or take care of family matters.
2 Tahunden Deriving from the word "forge", also containing the root of huuhn, 'to hit'.  Obviously a day to get down to work, whether at the hearth, the anvil, or the mine.
3 Heorden In the oldest tongue that the dwarves have recorded, the verb "heor" seems to mean something like "hoard", "store" or "prize".  An auspicious day to harvest, or count one's money.

4

Kagozden "Give-day". Midweek is always a time to ensure that one's resources, for work or hearth or even personal energy, are being dispensed evenly. Thrift is a virtue much practiced by dwarven folk, which makes generosity the more prized.
5 Mearkden Unclear meaning. Possibly a loanword from R'unorian, "mae'ork", meaning "endurance", although some scholars argue it might be Styrásh, "me-kroi" referring to the human race.
6 Rearden "Held-breath" or "awaiting". Presumably a reference to the end of the week and the rest day ahead!
7 Lithdem "Lith" is obviously borrowed from the elven tongue ("lýth") and stands for an affectionate commitment. Thus, "love-day", a time for family, fun, religious observances and rest.

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