If you think October 15th is all about the launch of Riders of Rohan… think again… as it is also the Dwarven New Year or “Durin’s Day” !
The first day of the Dwarven year is calculated according to the last new moon of autumn. This places Durin’s Day, anytime between about Oct. 7 and Nov. 6, on the last day before the astronomical new moon, as the moon sets just before the sun. This year Durin’s Day falls on Monday October 15th.
You have to hand it to Turbine, what timing !
Though, not every single Dwarven new year is a “Durin’s Day”, as Thorin mentioned:
“We still call it Durin’s Day when the last moon of Autumn and the sun are in the sky together.”
Only a Dwarven New Year where this occurs would technically be called a “Durin’s Day”.
So, is this one a Durin’s Day ?
Well, we can usually see the Moon during the day if it is close in direction to the Sun. But on days with excessive glare or cloudiness, the Moon may not be visible, especially just before and after a new Moon.
So, we can see the Moon during the daytime when the Sun and Moon are relatively close in direction, but not too close either! (When they are aligned too closely, we can not see the Moon because the Sun is directly behind it and can not light up the side of the Moon facing us.)
Meaning that we’ll have to look to the skies on October 15th… while on our journeys in Middle Earth and see if we can spot the moon while the sun is out.
Will it be (just) another Dwarven New Year on the 15th… or a “Durin’s Day” ?
If you see the moon and sun in the sky at the same time (in real life or Middle Earth for that matter), make sure to make a picture/screenshot of it and feel free to leave a post!
To celebrate the dwarven new year, the Durin’s Folk band, “The Rolling Kegs” will be giving a new years eve concert at the kinhall ((Laurelin – Thorin’s Hall Homesteads – Ulfhirth, 2 Highspires Street)) on sunday 14th of October, right after the kinmeeting (usual 3PM). Though the kinmeeting itself is for kinmembers only, all friends and allied people are welcomed at the new years eve concert.
Hope all can make it brothers and sisters, see you there!
And don’t forget to look at the skies on the 15th!