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Folk of the Wood

The Elves of Mirkwood

A name for the Wood-elves who dwelt under Thranduil's rule in the northeastern reaches of Mirkwood. They were a Silvan people, descended from a branch of the Teleri who broke away from the Great Journey in the distant past, though Thranduil their ruler was himself descended from the Sindar. The term 'Folk of the Wood' is encountered as a complement to the 'Folk of the Mountain', the Dwarves of Erebor who dwelt close to the Elves of Mirkwood. Both these people sent representatives to Gondor after the restoration of the Kingship, where they helped to rebuild the city of Minas Tirith and the beauty of the South-kingdom.

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