Oh, ok! That wasn't quite clear from that scene. I rather got the impression it was intended as purely etymological explanation. My bad.
Oh, nay! 'Twas my bad for not making it clearer that this was a subtle bit of sociology thrown in. And if anyone wants my very own personal theory about why nearly all of us celebrate some kind of Solstice holiday, drop me a line offline or in Ask Jael.
There was an awful lot of personal philosophy thrown into this story -- maybe not so subtly in most cases.
I do love those Pagan feasts, though.
So do I. My very first fanfic ever (in 1982) was about a bunch of good folks celebrating Samhain. I think the Elves celebrate Beltane too, as the little elves are mostly born in the spring. In my universe, Galion was born in the spring, and as his Silvan father said, "It was quite a party!"