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Dates
A shadow descended on this forest in about III 1050; it was cleansed and renamed the Wood of Greenleaves in III 3019
Location
Rhovanion, to the east of the Vales of Anduin
Origins
The Greenwood became the Forest of Great Fear after Sauron established himself at Dol Guldur in the south of the Forest
Settlements
The shadow of fear within the Forest emanated from Dol Guldur in the south; the Woodland Realm of the Elves lay to the north, and Woodmen dwelt within its western borders
Source
The Enchanted River rose in the Mountains of Mirkwood in the middle of the Forest
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Forest of the Great Fear

The shadowed greenwood

Map of the Forest of the Great Fear

After the coming of Sauron to the southern reaches of Greenwood the Great, and the spread of the Shadow from his fortress of Dol Guldur, the once-bright greenwood became a dark and dangerous place. To reflect this change, the Elves gave it a new name: some sources suggest they chose to call it Taur-nu-Fuin, the 'Forest under Nightshade', doubtless in memory of a similar dark forest of the First Age. Other sources give an alternative Elvish name, Taur e-Ndaedelos, meaning 'Forest of the Great Fear'. These Elvish names are generally translated using probably the best known form of the forest's name: 'Mirkwood'.


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