On the question How could Aragorn be 88 years old while he looks relatively young? there is the following comment :

One tiny bit of trivia: at that point in the books, he's actually 88 years old. His birthday was the day that they met Gandalf the White in Fangorn forest.
- Plutor

Then :

How do you know his birthday?
– Earendil 17 mins ago

Is there a quote or a something to support Plutor's affirmation?


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In Appendix B of The Lord Of The Rings, titled "The Tale of Years", within the Third Age:

2931 . Aragorn son of Arathorn II born on March 1st.

Later, within March 3019:

1 . Frodo begins the passage of the Dead Marshes at dawn. Entmoot continues. Aragorn meets Gandalf the White. They set out for Edoras. Faramir leaves Minas Tirith on an errand to Ithilien.

Happy 88th, Aragorn!

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    So, Aragorn's silent wish before blowing out the candles on his birthday cake was to get a new Gandalf? What a well spent wish!
    – DavRob60
    Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 14:35
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    Actually, those dates are "translated". The actual calendar was a real mess, as you'd probably expect from multiple mostly-isolated species. In Gondor they used a calendar with twelve 30-day months and 5 days that weren't in any month (7 in leap years). The months were called Narvinyë, Nénimë, Súlimë, Víressë, Lótessë, Nárië, Cermië, Urimë, Yavannië, Narquelië, Hísimë, and Ringarë. See Appendix D for more detail than you can handle.
    – Plutor
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 16:41
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    @GorchestopherH: did you really think Tolkien didn't invent several calendars for the sundry cultures?!11oneone
    – horatio
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 19:29
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    Haha I figured he did, hearing Roman months among Tolkenish is still pretty funny to me. "Aragorn son of Arathorn II born 2 weeks before St Patrick's day". Commented Mar 14, 2013 at 11:29
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    @Plutor -- I would argue that the Shire Calendar was quite sensible, and our calendar is "a real mess".
    – Jasper
    Commented Oct 5, 2015 at 17:18

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