The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien


About this entry:

  • Updated 18 December 2010
  • Updates planned: 2

Forest under Nightshade

A name for the shadowed forests of Middle-earth

A translation of the Elvish name Taur-nu-Fuin, originally used in the First Age to describe the forested land of Dorthonion after it fell under the power of Morgoth and became a dark and deadly place. The name recurred in the Third Age, when the coming of Sauron to Greenwood the Great caused darkness and shadow to spread through its trees. That forest, too, became known as Taur-nu-Fuin, though in that case it was more commonly called by the name that Men gave to the darkened forest: Mirkwood.

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Website services kindly sponsored by Axiom Software Ltd.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 2010. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.