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The name 'Mirkwood' was first used in about III 1050; renamed Eryn Lasgalen in III 3019
Rhovanion, to the east of the Vales of Anduin
Simply 'Murky Wood'. Tolkien relates this to the ancient Germanic compound mirkiwidu.
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Greatest of the forests of Middle-earth

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A name of Greenwood the Great, the mighty forest that lay in the lands east of the River Anduin. The name 'Mirkwood' was used of this forest after Sauron, in his guise as the Necromancer, took up his abode at Dol Guldur in its southern regions.

See also...

Amon Lanc, Aragorn Elessar, Balchoth, Balin, Barad-dûr, Barrel-rider, Beorn, Beornings, Black Emperor, Butterflies, Celepharn, Dark Mountains, Denethor I, Dol Guldur, Dorwinion, [See the full list...]

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