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''Highday'' represents an archaic [[Hobbitish]] form "Hihdei", a word preserved in the [[Yellowskin]].<ref name=cal/>
 
''Highday'' represents an archaic [[Hobbitish]] form "Hihdei", a word preserved in the [[Yellowskin]].<ref name=cal/>
  
''Highday'' is translated as Friday in ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', however as it was the chief day of the week, it rather corresponded to our Sunday. For this reason there was one exception, and in the poem ''[[The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late]]'', Highday was translated as "Sunday" instead of Friday.<ref name=cal/><ref>{{FR|Sign}}</ref>
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''Highday'' is translated as Friday in ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', however as it was the chief day of the week, its cultural significance rather corresponded to that of our Sunday. For this reason there was one exception, and in the poem ''[[The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late]]'', Highday was translated as "Sunday" instead of Friday.<ref name=cal/><ref>{{FR|Sign}}</ref>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 11:48, 14 October 2013

Days in the Shire Calendar
  1. Sterday
  2. Sunday
  3. Monday
  4. Trewsday
  5. Hevensday
  6. Mersday
  7. Highday

Highday (archaic form Hihdei) was the seventh and last day of the week in the Shire Calendar. It represented the Númenórean day Orbelain, dedicated to the Valar. As such it was the chief day of the week and after noon Hobbits considered it a holiday with evening feasts. [1]

After the reform of Isengrim Took II,[1] dates such as 1 Lithe and 1 Yule always fell on Highday. There was no month beginning with Highday, therefore it became a jesting idiom in the Shire to say "on Friday the first (of Summerfilth)" when referring to a fictitious day or unlikely events.

[edit] Etymology

Highday represents an archaic Hobbitish form "Hihdei", a word preserved in the Yellowskin.[1]

Highday is translated as Friday in The Lord of the Rings, however as it was the chief day of the week, its cultural significance rather corresponded to that of our Sunday. For this reason there was one exception, and in the poem The Man in the Moon Stayed Up Too Late, Highday was translated as "Sunday" instead of Friday.[1][2]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
The Days of the Week in Arda
 Elvish week (Quenya):  1. Elenya 2. Anarya 3. Isilya 4. Aldúya 5. Menelya 6. Valanya (Tárion)
Elvish week (Sindarin):  1. Orgilion 2. Oranor 3. Orithil 4. Orgaladhad 5. Ormenel 6. Orbelain (Rodyn)
Númenórean week (Quenya):  1. Elenya 2. Anarya 3. Isilya 4. Aldëa 5. Menelya 6. Eärenya 7. Valanya
Númenórean week (Sindarin):  1. Orgilion 2. Oranor 3. Orithil 4. Orgaladh 5. Ormenel 6. Oraearon 7. Orbelain
Hobbit week (archaic):  1. Sterrendei 2. Sunnendei 3. Monendei 4. Trewesdei 5. Hevenesdei 6. Meresdei 7. Hihdei
Hobbit week (late T.A.):  1. Sterday 2. Sunday 3. Monday 4. Trewsday 5. Hevensday (Hensday) 6. Mersday 7. Highday