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, from which a lane ran to Deephallow and so on to the Causeway road that went through Rushey and Stock.
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".
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Bombadil Goes Boating"
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Preface"
- ↑ Andreas Möhn, "Bombadil in the Shire", Lalaith's Middle-earth Science Pages (accessed 16 May 2012)