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Revision as of 18:37, 13 June 2012

Mithe was a body of water in the Shire, the outflow of the Shirebourn river.

At the Mithe there was a landing-stage called Mithe Steps,[1] from which a lane ran to Deephallow and so on to the Causeway road that went through Rushey and Stock.[2]

Etymology

Andreas Möhn has suggested tha Mithe means "Place where two streams meet", derived from Old English my:th or gemy:th "river-mouth, meeting of streams". Möhn adds that Mithe "is evidently related to 'mouth' and probably a derivative surviving in English place-names".[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Bombadil Goes Boating"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Preface"
  3. Andreas Möhn, "Bombadil in the Shire" , Lalaith's Middle-earth Science Pages (accessed 16 May 2012)