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The lost language of the Men of Dunland

The Mannish tongue used by the Dunlendings, who inhabited the lands west of the Misty Mountains and northward from the Gap of Rohan. The language is now almost completely lost, and only a single recorded word remains - forgoil, a Dunlendish word literally meaning 'strawheads', and used as an insult for their mortal enemies, the Rohirrim. At one time, a language akin to Dunlendish was spoken by some of the Hobbits of Stoor-kind, but by the later Third Age their descendants in the Shire had long abandoned it for the Common Speech.

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