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Taur-nu-Fuin (Dorthonion)

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"To North there lay the Land of Dread
whence only evil pathways led
o’er hills of shadow bleak and cold
or Taur-na-Fuin’s haunted hold
where Deadly Nightshade lurked and lay
and never came or moon or day.
"
Lay of Leithian, Canto I

After the Dagor Bragollach ("Battle of Sudden Flame"), the darkness of Morgoth began to corrupt the northern forests of Dorthonion, and they came to be called Taur-nu-Fuin, the Forest under Nightshade. This name is sometimes also used for the land of Dorthonion itself, after its capture by Morgoth.

In early texts it was spelled Taur-na-Fuin, as seen in the excerpt from the Lay above.