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Modern 21 November to 20 December (thirty days)
The meaning seems to be 'time of cold'
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The cold month

Months of the year

The Quenya name for the last of the twelve months of the year in calendars of Men. It ran from modern 21 November to 20 December, coming to a close just before the Winter Solstice. The Solstice itself was marked by two separate days that were not part of any month, Mettarë and Yestarë, the last day of the old year and the first of the new.

Falling in the depths of winter, Ringarë took its name from the Elvish word ring, meaning 'cold'. Among the Dúnedain the same month was given a different name, taken from the Sindarin language: Girithron, the time of shuddering.

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