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Dates
Originated during the Great Journey, some three ages before the rising of the Moon; still extant at the time of the War of the Ring
Location
Particularly associated with the forest realms of Eriador: Lórien west of the Great River and the Woodland Realm in northeastern Mirkwood
Origins
A people who abandoned the Great Journey of the Eldar into the West before crossing the Misty Mountains
Race
Division
Cultures
Settlements
The main city of Lórien was Caras Galadhon, while the main stronghold of the Woodland Realm was known simply as the Elvenking's Halls
Pronunciation
tawa'rwaith (the ai sound is pronounced like English 'eye', and the final th as in 'with')
Meaning
Literally 'forest people', but universally translated as 'Silvan Elves'
Other names

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Tawarwaith

The Silvan Elves

A term for the Elvish people known far more commonly by their English name, as the Silvan Elves. These were members of the Teleri who had abandoned the Great Journey east of the Misty Mountains, and remained among the forests of the Vales of Anduin. They were thus related to the Sindar of Beleriand, and also to the Nandor. Indeed, some sources suggest that they were actually descended from the Nandor, though this is open to debate.

The name Tawarwaith means 'Forest People', a suitable name for these woodland Elves. It contains the word táwar, 'forest', which is also seen in Tawar-in-Drúedain, the Elves' name for the Drúadan Forest. A more common and related Elvish word for 'forest' is taur, seen in names like Taur-nu-Fuin or Taur-im-Duinath.


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