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Afterlithe

Months in the Shire Calendar
  1. Afteryule (January)
  2. Solmath (February)
  3. Rethe (March)
  4. Astron (April)
  5. Thrimidge (May)
  6. Forelithe (June)
  7. Afterlithe (July)
  8. Wedmath (August)
  9. Halimath (September)
  10. Winterfilth (October)
  11. Blotmath (November)
  12. Foreyule (December)

Afterlithe was the seventh month of the Shire Calendar, following, as its name suggests, the midsummer feastdays of Lithe, and approximately equivalent to modern July. It ran from modern 24 June to 23 July in a normal year. This month was called Mede in Bree.

The Quenya name was Cermië, and the Sindarin name - used by the Dúnedain - was Cerveth.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Afterlithe was named for its occurrence after the holiday of Lithe. (See Forelithe) The name corresponds to the Old English name for July, æftera Líða, or "after Litha."

[edit] References

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