Characters: Estel, Elladan & Elrohir
Source: Pre-Ring War
Disclaimer: Tolkien’s meta world – Kortirion’s speck within.
Estel was curious about the architrave surrounding the door adjoining his brothers’ rooms. The door itself was long gone; the notches cut into the frame had darkened with age, hundreds, on both sides, some deeper, some grouped… when he’d asked Elladan why, Elrohir had replied, ‘that’s his calendar… and this one’s mine.’
Which had puzzled young Estel, leading him to question why their days were different – when he asked his tutor, he was lectured on Time and Elves.
Years later he found Elladan carving notches with his hunting knife, and realised the ‘calendars’ represented the numbered days of dead orcs.