Slow-growing evergreen trees that live for thousands of years, and were found at least in Beleriand and the northern parts of Middle-earth. As in modern times, yews in the earlier Ages were particularly associated with bows and bowmaking, a craft for which their tough, elastic wood is well suited. The Men of the Vales of Anduin carried bows and made of yew, and so did Bard the Bowman, the Dragon-shooter who defeated Smaug. Most famous of all bows, though, was Belthronding, the weapon of Beleg Strongbow, that was made of black yew-wood.
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