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?


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 Mar 12 '13 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 Mar 13 '13 at 16:41
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    @GorchestopherH: did you really think Tolkien didn't invent several calendars for the sundry cultures?!11oneone – horatio Mar 13 '13 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". – Gorchestopher H Mar 14 '13 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 Oct 5 '15 at 17:18

Aragorn II was born on 1 March 2931, his birthday is mentioned in the Appendix of the Return of the King.

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    Which is what Plutor already said about 4 years ago on this very thread. – Aegon May 5 '17 at 6:47

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