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  • Updated 9 May 2012
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A thorny flowering shrub or bush common in northern latitudes, known to have grown in the foothils and valleys of the Misty Mountains. Bilbo apparently found it in the north after his escape from Goblin-town; he was starving at the time, and so he was disappointed to find that the hawthorn-berries (or 'haws') had not yet appeared. Long afterwards and far to the south, Gandalf and his party camped under a huge old hawthorn on their journey from Isengard after the confrontation with Saruman.

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