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This article is about the month in the Bree Calendar. For the feast days of the Shire Calendar, see Lithedays.
Months in the Bree Calendar
  1. Frery* (January)
  2. Solmath (February)
  3. Rethe (March)
  4. Chithing* (April)
  5. Thrimidge (May)
  6. Lithe* (June)
  7. Mede* (July)
  8. Wedmath (August)
  9. Harvestmath* (September)
  10. Wintring* (October)
  11. Blooting* (November)
  12. Yulemath* (December)
*Differ from Shire names.

Lithe was the sixth month of the calendar of Bree, corresponding to Forelithe of the Shire Calendar, and approximately equivalent to modern June. It ran from modern 22 May to 20 June in a normal year. It was followed by the Summerdays.[1]

[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]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
  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 (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p. 227