Shire Reckoning

Shire reckoning is a simple application that displays an icon in the system tray. When you hover over it or right-click it, it displays the current date by Shire reckoning, in the calendar of our dear hobbit friends, as imagined by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE, in his Middle Earth universe.

Technically, Shire Reckoning is written in Python, uses the standard Python calendar module and a little math to convert from gregorian year-day to Shire year-day, with appropriate handling of the hobbit 30-day months and the 6 holidays of the year (7 in leap years). The calendar conversion part is a completely self-contained Python module that can be reused as a standalone component.

The GUI module builds on the shire calendar module and uses PyGTK. In particular, it uses the portable systray facility available in recent versions of PyGTK, which means that Shire Reckoning displays properly on all open source desktops following the Freedesktop references on system tray handling (at least Gnome, KDE and Xfce, probably more), as well as Microsoft Windows.

The source code was written by David Anderson, and is published under a BSD-style license. The monogram used as the systray icon is the monogram of David's friend Romain Fernique. It can be distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 2.0 France contract. See LICENSE for the full text of the distribution terms of the code and monogram.

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.

And whither then? I cannot say.

-- J R R Tolkien