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Widespread in Middle-earth, but particularly noted at Rivendell and in Mirkwood
Many thousands of different species belonging to the order Lepidoptera
From Old English moððe, originally used of caterpillars rather than fully-grown moths


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Nocturnal insects of a kind closely related to butterflies. Bilbo found them fluttering at nightfall on his first visit to Rivendell, while in Mirkwood the moths were black, or dark grey, and grew to a huge size.

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Black Emperor

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