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Overlithe was the Shire Calendar equivalent of leap day in the modern Gregorian calendar. Both calendars must add an extra day every four years to accommodate annual deficits between a 365-day calendar and the actual length of a year (which is a little under a quarter of a day longer). In the Shire Calendar this extra day was known as the Overlithe; it occurred between Mid-year's Day and the second of the two normal Lithedays. It was treated as a special holiday by the inhabitants of the Shire.[1]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"