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'''Mithe''' was a body of water in the [[Shire]], the outflow of the [[Shirebourn]] river.  
 
'''Mithe''' was a body of water in the [[Shire]], the outflow of the [[Shirebourn]] river.  
  
At the Mithe there was a landing-stage, from which a lane ran to [[Deephallow]] and so on to the [[Causeway]] road that went through [[Rushey]] and [[Stock]].<ref>''[[The Adventures of Tom Bombadil]]'', Preface</ref>
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At the Mithe there was a landing-stage called [[Mithe Steps]],<ref>{{ATB|2}}</ref> from which a lane ran to [[Deephallow]] and so on to the [[Causeway]] road that went through [[Rushey]] and [[Stock]].<ref>{{ATB|Preface}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
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The name is obviously unrelated to the English verb ''[[Wiktionary:mithe|mithe]]'' meaning "hide, conceal, avoid".
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[[Andreas Möhn]] has suggested that ''Mithe'' means "Place where two streams meet", derived from [[Old English]] ''[[Wiktionary:muþ|mūþ]]'' or ''[[Wiktionary:gemyþ|ġemȳþ]]'' "river-mouth, meeting of streams". Möhn adds that ''Mithe'' "is evidently related to 'mouth' and probably a derivative surviving in English place-names".<ref>{{webcite|author=[[Andreas Möhn]]|articleurl=http://lalaith.vpsurf.de/Tolkien/Bombadil_in_the_Shire.html|articlename=Bombadil in the Shire|dated=|website=Lalaith |accessed=16 May 2012}}</ref>
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Revision as of 23:29, 18 October 2013

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

The name is obviously unrelated to the English verb mithe meaning "hide, conceal, avoid".

Andreas Möhn has suggested that Mithe means "Place where two streams meet", derived from Old English mūþ or ġemȳþ "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)