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A name for the week's fifth day

A name used in the Shire at the end of the Third Age for the fifth of the seven days that made up the week. Its form is conveniently similar to moden 'Wednesday', but in fact the word's origins were entirely different. 'Hensday' is a worn down version of 'Hevensday' (an alternative form still in use in the late Third Age), and both of these derive from the archaic Hevenesdei, meaning 'Heavens' Day'. This was itself an adaptation of the Elvish day-name that would have been more commonly used in Middle-earth, which was Menelya.

See also...

Hevenesdei, Hevensday

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