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Location
Widespread in Middle-earth, but associated especially with the Forest of Neldoreth in Doriath
Species
Trees of the genus Fagus
Meaning
Uncertain, but perhaps anciently connected with words meaning 'eat', because the fallen mast (fruits) of beech trees could be fed to domestic animals

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Beeches

Tall trees of the northern forests

Broad and tall trees that grew throughout Middle-earth, and especially in its northern regions. The most famous beech-forest of all was Neldoreth in Doriath. Hírilorn, the three-trunked tree in which Lúthien was imprisoned, was perhaps the greatest beech that had ever grown.


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