Tolkien Gateway

Lithedays

This article is about the feast days of the Shire Calendar. For the month in the Bree Calendar, see Lithe.

The Lithedays or just The Lithe refers to the three (sometimes four) feast days between the months of Forelithe and Afterlithe of the Shire Calendar; in purpose and function the Lithedays were equivalent to the enderi of the Reckoning of Rivendell.

They were:

They were called Summerdays in Bree.[1]

Events that occurred on 1 Lithe:

Each midsummer-eve the Old Took held parties, where Gandalf impressed the hobbits with fireworks.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Old English líða, is the old name for the months June and July.[3] It probably referred to the first new moon around the summer solstice.[4]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Shire Calendar"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire"
  3. 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
  4. Jim Allan (1978), An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p. 227