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Other namesThe Forest between Rivers
LocationSouthern Beleriand

Taur-im-Duinath, called the "Forest between Rivers" since it lay between the rivers Sirion and Gelion,[1] was the dark and gloomy forest that extended over a vast area of land to the south of the Andram.[2] None but a few Dark Elves ever wandered there.[3]

[edit] Etymology

The name Taur-im-Duinath literally means "forest between rivers" in Sindarin, consisting of taur ("forest") + im ("between") + duin ("river") + -ath (collective plural suffix).[4][5]

In the revised version of the second Silmarillion map appears the names Taur i Melegyrn ("Forest of the Great Trees") and Taur na Chardhîn ("Forest of the Southern Silence") for this region,[6] although it is unknown if they were intended as replacements or alternative names.[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Map of Beleriand and the Lands to the North"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand and its Realms"
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part One" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 47, February 2005, p. 38
  5. Compound Sindarin Names in Middle-earth at (accessed 14 December 2011)
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Of Beleriand its Realms (Chapter 11)", p. 185