As the power of Dol Guldur grew in the south of the Mirkwood, the Silvan Elves of the Forest gradually withdrew through the darkened trees into the north. By the last centuries of the Third Age, they had reached the extreme northeast of Mirkwood, and there established an underground stronghold from which the Elvenking Thranduil ruled a Woodland Realm. Though geographically 'Northern Mirkwood' might refer to a wide tract of the Forest, as a proper name it is always used as synonym for Thranduil's Woodland Realm in the northeast near to the Long Lake.
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