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Afterlithe

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Months in the Shire Calendar
  1. Afteryule (January)
  2. Solmath (February)
  3. Rethe (March)
  4. Astron (April)
  5. Thrimidge (May)
  6. Forelithe (June)
  7. Afterlithe (July)
  8. Wedmath (August)
  9. Halimath (September)
  10. Winterfilth (October)
  11. Blotmath (November)
  12. Foreyule (December)

Afterlithe was the seventh month of the Shire Calendar, following, as its name suggests, the midsummer feastdays of Lithe, and approximately equivalent to modern July. It ran from modern 24 June to 23 July in a normal year.

Etymology

Afterlithe was named for its occurrence after the holiday of Lithe. (See Forelithe) The name corresponds to the Old English name for July, æftera Líða, or "after Litha." The name in Bree was Mede, meaning "meadow" from the Old English Maedmonað, or "meadow month" - an alternate name for July.

The Quenya name - used in the Common Speech - was Cermië, and the Sindarin name - used by the Dunedain - was Cerveth. The meanings of these names are unknown.