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Dates
This form of the name developed some time in the last millennium of the Third Age
Race
Cultures
Pronunciation
hi'ghday
Meaning
Derived from Mannish Hihdei, the day dedicated to the 'High Ones' or Valar
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Highday

The last day of the Shire-hobbits’ week

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The seventh day of the week according to the Shire-hobbits, coming after 'Mersday' according to their arrangements. Though the name is superficially similar to modern 'Friday', it was in fact a day of afternoon feasting and holidaying, and is therefore in fact rather closer to Sunday from a modern perspective.

Tolkien suggests that the Hobbits inherited their day-name from an older form, Hihdei, but he may well have been influenced by the fact that English contains a real term 'high day', which also refers to a day of festival and celebration.


See also...

Mersday, Orbelain, Sterday, Valanya, Yule

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