Mirkwood

related topics
{god, call, give}
{island, water, area}
{area, part, region}
{land, century, early}
{film, series, show}

Mirkwood is a name used for two distinct fictional forests in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. In the First Age, the highlands of Dorthonion north of Beleriand were known as Mirkwood after falling under Morgoth's control. During the Third Age, the large forest in Rhovanion, east of the Anduin in Middle-earth, was called Mirkwood after falling under the influence of Sauron. Before that, it was known as Greenwood the Great. The term, Mirkwood is taken from William Morris, influenced by the forest Myrkviðr of Norse mythology. Projected into Old English, it appears as Myrcwudu in Tolkien's The Lost Road, as a poem sung by Ælfwine.[1]

Forests play an enormous role throughout the invented history of Tolkien's Middle-earth and are inevitably an important episode on the heroic quests of his characters.[2] The forest device is used as a mysterious transition from one part of the story to another.[3]

Middle-earth narrative

Beleriand Mirkwood

In The Silmarillion, the highlands of Dorthonion north of Beleriand eventually fell under Morgoth's control and was subjugated by creatures of Sauron, then Lord of Werewolves. It was renamed Taur-nu-Fuin in Sindarin, the "Forest under Deadly Nightshade". Beren who, along with Lúthien, is a foundational character of Tolkien's legendarium[4] becomes the sole survivor of the men who once lived there as subjects of the Noldor King Finrod of Nargothrond. Beren ultimately escapes the terrible forest that even the Orcs fear to spend time in.[5] Tolkien translated this name as Mirkwood in English. Beleg pursues the captors of Túrin through this forest in the several accounts of Túrin's tale. Along with the rest of the region west of Ered Luin, this forest disappeared after the cataclysm of the War of Wrath, although a few of its peaks may have survived as an island far off the coast of Lindon.

Rhovanion Mirkwood

First Age

When the Elves began their Great Journey westward to the Undying Lands, some of the elves decided to settle in the woods along the Anduin. These Elves came to be called Silvan Elves, or Wood-Elves.

Second Age

Full article ▸

related documents
Ogyges
Naiad
Ajax the Lesser
Leucothea
Thyrsus
Baldr
Nusku
Bhavacakra
Nefertem
Obatala
Abenaki mythology
Tlalocan
Oshun
Dvalinn
Dinka mythology
Culture hero
Aztec mythology
Ibycus
Hero and Leander
Pasiphaë
Callisto (mythology)
Achaeans
Cercopes
Sedna (mythology)
Iapetus (mythology)
Book of Ether
Zulu mythology
Bhrigus
Coyolxauhqui
Amrita