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Taur-e-Ndaedelos

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Taur-e-Ndaedelos
Physical Description
TypeForest
LocationRhovanion
RealmsThe Necromancer in Dol Guldur
InhabitantsSpiders
General Information
Other namesMirkwood, Greenwood the Great
EtymologyS. taur "forest" + daedelos "shadow of fear"

Taur-e-Ndaedelos was the great forest of central Rhovanion that 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 a literal translation of 'Mirkwood', but a further name, apparently more common, was Taur-e-Ndaedelos, the Forest of the Great Fear.