"Aye, aye, there was all one wood once upon a time: from here to the Mountains of Lune
, and this was just the East End."
Words of Treebeard
from The Two Towers
Until the later Second Age, most of the lands of Eriador had been thickly forested. In those days the woods stretched from Ered Luin (the Blue Mountains, or Mountains of Lune), running southwards and eastwards across the lands where the Shire would one day lie, to meet the Misty Mountains in the east. One outlying patch of forest even succeeded in growing beyond the barrier of the Misty Mountains, a region that would eventually become known as Fangorn Forest. During the latter half of the Second Age, most of the great western forest was felled, but while the trees still stood Fangorn had been merely an easterly outgrowth of that vast wood, and so Treebeard remembered it simply as the East End.
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