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Location
Widespread in Middle-earth and beyond; specifically recorded in Nan-tathren (the 'Land of Willows'), along many rivers and streams, and in the Old Forest; silver willows grew beyond the Sea in the garden of Lórien in Valinor
Species
Many varieties within the genus Salix
Meaning
Probably from an ancient root *wel- meaning 'turn', in reference to the inward-curving branches of many types
Other names
Commonly known in Old English as 'withy' (hence the river name Withywindle); The Elvish root referring to willows was tathar-, from which Nan-tathren and related names for the 'Land of Willows' derive

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Willows

Weeping trees of the waterside

Waterside trees that grew throughout Middle-earth. The most famous of these was the ancient tree known as Old Man Willow, on the banks of the Withywindle in the Old Forest.


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