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|Location||North of Rohan, east of the southern tip of the Misty Mountains|
|Inhabitants||Ents, Huorns, Trees|
|Other names||Entwood in Rohan|
|Etymology||Named after the forest's oldest inhabitant, Fangorn|
- "All that lies north of Rohan is now to us so far away that fancy can wander freely there"
- ― Boromir
Fangorn Forest was a deep, dark woodland that grew beneath the southern Misty Mountains, under the eastern flanks of that range. It gained notoriety as the habitat of the Ents in the Third Age. The forest, known as Entwood in Rohan, was named after the oldest Ent, Fangorn.
Fangorn forest was the easternmost survivor of the immense forest that spanned all of Eriador and Calenardhon in the First Age and early Second Age, but which was destroyed by the Númenóreans and Sauron. Fangorn forest was the oldest part of Treebeard's realm, and here the Ents retreated.
Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took passed this forest in late February, early March T.A. 3019. There they met Treebeard and persuaded him of the danger that Saruman poses to the Ents and their forest. Following the Entmoot the rest of the Ents finally agree to march against Isengard taking Merry and Pippin with them and send Huorns to Helm's Deep to deal with the Orcs there. Part of the reason is that Saruman's Orcs had been chopping down the trees at the south and west side of the forest, which had angered the Ents.
On March 1, T.A. 3019, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas entered the forest in search of Merry and Pippin. Rather than the two young hobbits, they encountered the White Wizard. At first they believed it to be Saruman before realising that it was Gandalf, returned from death.
Fangorn is a Sindarin word that translates as "Treebeard" (from fang = "beard" and orn = "tree"). Entwood is a modernization of Old English Entwudu (wudu "wood"), so modernised because it was recognisable by speakers of Westron. Gondorians used that name, assimilated to their own language.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Farewell to Lórien".
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pp. 769-70