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Lithe

Lithe refers to two feast days of the Shire Calendar that lay either side of Midyear's Day (and, in a leap year, the special feast-day of the Overlithe).[1]

Events that occurred on 1 Lithe:

[edit] Etymology

Old English líða, is the old name for the months June and July.[2] It probably referred to the first new moon around the summer solstice.[3]

[edit] Bree calendar

In the Bree Calendar the sixth month of the year (Forelithe in the Shire Calendar) was named Lithe.[4]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Shire Calendar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 780-1
  3. Jim Allan (ed.) An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p. 227
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"