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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 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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