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The ‘week’ of the Elves

The closest equivalent in the calendars of the Elves to the concept we would recognise as a 'week'. An enquië had six days rather than seven, named (in Quenya) Elenya, Anarya, Isilya, Aldúya, Menelya and Valanya. Valanya is noted as being the 'chief' day of the week, and served a ritual purpose. A continuous sequence of 8,766 enquier ('weeks') - or 52,596 days - formed the period the Elves called a yén, consisting of 144 solar years.

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