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Taur-e-Ndaedelos

The Forest of the Great Fear

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The great forest of central Rhovanion had traditionally been known as Greenwood the Great for much of Middle-earth's history. After about a thousand years of the Third Age, a Shadow began to fall on the wood with the emergence of the Necromancer at Dol Guldur, and its name changed, to 'Mirkwood'. Two Elvish forms of this new name are recorded: Taur-nu-Fuin is almost directly equivalent to 'Mirkwood', but a further name, apparently more common, was Taur-e-Ndaedelos, the Forest of the Great Fear.


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