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21 June - 23 June on a modern calendar (with one extra day in a leap year)
Lithe comes from the Old English month name Liða, 'warm, gentle'
Other names
Known in Bree as the Summerdays


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The Shire’s midsummer holiday

A group of three days inserted into the Shire Calendar between the months of June and July (or, as the Shire-hobbits knew those months, Forelithe and Afterlithe). These three days, marked with merriment and feasting, fell at midsummer, and indeed the middle Litheday was also known as Mid-year's Day. Every four years there was also a fourth Litheday, the Overlithe, that fell immediately after Mid-year's Day and so adjusted the calendar to take account of a leap year.

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