Did you know that the Fall Festival is called differently by each race of Middle-earth?
- Elves call it Iavasmereth, where Iavas = autumn, mereth = festival in Sindarin.
It most likely originated from Yavanna, as her name is also known as Ivann, with September being Ivanneth.
- Men call it Harvestmath which is actually the ninth month in Bree calendar (though it seems the Hobbits of Bree use it more than men). Math stands for month and not the other kind of math as mentioned in the comic.
- Dwarves simply call it Autumnfest, which makes sense since they aren’t really known for farming crops. I wondered what they actually grow and eat in the caves and mines, and ended up with mushrooms.
- Hobbits are the ones that call it Harvest Festival, but really all the harvest & food related events are taken care of during the earlier Farmer’s Faire and the Harvest Festival is all about Halloweeny spooky haunted pranks, so there we have it!
Words of the Stripper:
I must say this was probably the most effort I’ve spent painting the background, and it was really fun drawing all the different parts of the Middle-earth in one comic.
Elvish carvings are tricky though!