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Bilberry

A type of shrub or bush producing small dark edible berries, of a kind closely related to the blueberry. In Middle-earth bilberries were known to grow in the wilds of Eriador, where they were found among growths of heather and of hazel. During the journey of Strider and the Hobbits to Rivendell, hearing the sound of approaching hooves along the East-West Road, the travellers took cover in a patch of bilberry bushes. (The hooves in fact belonged to Glorfindel's horse Asfaloth, and not to a Black Rider as they had feared.)


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