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Widespread in Middle-earth; especially associated with Ithilien and with the Gladden River and its Fields
From the Greek for 'rainbow'
Other names
One yellow variety is known traditionally as the 'gladden', giving its name to the Gladden River


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A colourful and distinctive flower. Frodo and Sam found it growing in Ithilien, and the Gladden River and Fields took their name from a variety of this flower. The 'iris-swords' mentioned in The Lord of the Rings are a reference to its thin, pointed leaves.

See also...

Loeg Ningloron

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