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Probably originated at the time of the Great Journey, some three ages before the beginning of the First Age
While the term 'Wood-elves' might be taken as a synonym for 'Silvan Elves', and in fact has the same derivation, it seems in practice to be used by Tolkien almost exclusively of the Elves of Mirkwood. For this reason, this entry concentrates on that culture: for more details of the Silvan people, refer to the entry for Silvan Elves.


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  • Updated 4 January 2006
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Elves of the forests of Middle-earth

The Silvan Elves who dwelt in the forests of Middle-earth, and especially the people ruled by Thranduil in the northern parts of Mirkwood.

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