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Dates
In use in approximately III 21001 (c. 500 by the Shire-reckoning)
Race
Cultures
Shire-hobbits, Bucklanders (probably also used in the Bree-land)2
Pronunciation
su'nnendie (the last syllable is as in English 'die')
Meaning
'Day of the Sun'
Other names

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Sunnendei

An old form of the name ‘Sunday

Days of the week

An archaic day-name from the Common Tongue as used in the Shire. It referred to the second day of the week, which was named in honour of the Sun. Over the centuries, this name evolved into the more familiar form 'Sunday', which was the usual name at the end of the Third Age. Its roots lay in Elvish, where the second day of the week was also dedicated to the Sun: in Quenya it was named Anarya, and in Sindarin it was Oranor.


Notes

1

This date is based on a comment in Appendix D to The Lord of the Rings, where we're told that they were in use 'at least nine hundred years before Frodo's time'.

2

Our only specific record of this usage is from the history of the Shire. Its use in Buckland or the Bree-land seems likely, but is not directly attested. For further discussion on this point, see footnote 2 to the entry for Sterrendei.

See also...

Sterrendei, Sunday

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