So-The Hobbit and Bilbo's departure date..So frustrated!! 1."Just before May"(Roast Mutton) 2."Started their journey that May morning"(Flies And Spiders) 3."Under the clock on his mantlepiece in May"(Thief In The Night) 2 and 3 contradict 1-however,1 is validated by Tolkien when he confirms a late April departure in Unfinished Tales.(Quest For Erebor) It is accepted I believe that the Party was on the 26th and Bilbo met the Company on the 27th April. These dates are based on the Shire calendar(like LOTR)and are approx ten days ahead of our calendar.Each month had 30 days.Hence the departure based on our calendar would actually be approximately 17th April. Neither calendar explains the discrepancies in the text but what I really don't understand is how this has not been flagged up with the numerous reprints.Or am I missing something?