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Race
Pronunciation
ko'ranarr
Meaning
'Sun-round'
Other names
Note
A coranar indicates a single year; the plural form, representing two or more years, was coranári

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Coranar

An Elvish word for ‘year’

The long-lived Elves typically measured the passage of time in periods they called yéni, with each yén lasting for one hundred and forty-four solar years. They also measured individual years, and they had two names for these: coranar and loa. Of these the coranar or 'sun-round' was a year considered in astronomical terms (while a loa was concerned with the cycles of nature). Each of the long yéni contained a total of 52,596 days which, divided by the 144 solar years of each yén, made a coranar last 365¼ days, the precise length of a solar year.


Notes

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Though the words coranar and loa each refer to a single year, the two terms have subtly different meanings. A coranar is an astronomical measure, indicating the time (in modern terms) for the World to complete a circuit around the Sun. A loa, by contrast, measured the time from one season of growth to the same season a year later.

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