Theth is a community in the former Shale municipality, Shkoder Country, northern Albania. At the 2015 local government reform it became part of the municipality
Shkoder.Tocal tradition asserts a single common ancestor for the community (one Ded Nika) and suggests that the population moved to Theth some 300 to 350 years ago in order to preserve their (Catholic, Christian traditions.
Visiting Theth in the early 20th century, the traveller Edith Durhan said:
"I think no place where human beings live has given me such an impression of majestic isolation from all the world!.
Durham described Theth as a "bariak" of some 180 houses and also observed that it was almost free from the tradition of blood fleud (known in the Albanian language as gjakmarrja) which so blighted other parts of the
Albanian highlands. The community is at the centre of the Theth National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Lock-in Tower a structure from the Albanian tradition of blood feuds.
Theth remains remote. It is most easily accessible by a 25 km unmade road from the village of Boga which is impassable during the winter
months and is not generally suitable at any time of the year for motor vehicles without off-road capabilities.
the Kanun (traditional Albanian law) remains influential, Theth has not suffered from the recent (post-Communist) reappearance of the blood feud which has troubled other areas of Northern Albania.Ironically, Theth boasts one of the very few remaining "lock-in
towers", an historical form of protection for families that were "in blood.