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Taur-nu-Fuin (Dorthonion)

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{{quote|To North there lay the [[Dor Daedeloth|Land of Dread]]<br>whence only evil pathways led<br>o’er [[Ered Gorgoroth|hills of shadow]] bleak and cold<br>or Taur-na-Fuin’s haunted hold<br>where Deadly Nightshade lurked and lay<br>and never came or [[moon]] or day.|''[[Lay of Leithian]]'', [[Lay of Leithian Canto I|Canto I]]}}
 
{{quote|To North there lay the [[Dor Daedeloth|Land of Dread]]<br>whence only evil pathways led<br>o’er [[Ered Gorgoroth|hills of shadow]] bleak and cold<br>or Taur-na-Fuin’s haunted hold<br>where Deadly Nightshade lurked and lay<br>and never came or [[moon]] or day.|''[[Lay of Leithian]]'', [[Lay of Leithian Canto I|Canto I]]}}
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| name=Taur-nu-Fuin
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| othernames=[[Dorthonion]]*
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| etymology=[[S.]] ''[[taur]]'' "great forest" + ''[[nu]]'' "under" + ''[[fuin]]'' "night, gloom" (translated "nightshade")
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| type=Forest
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| location=Northern [[Dorthonion]]
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| inhabitants=[[Orcs]]
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| realms=[[Angband]]
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| description=Evil, darkened forest
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| events=[[Dagor Bragollach]], [[Massacre at Tarn Aeluin]]
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| references=''[[The Silmarillion]]''
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|}}
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'''Taur-nu-Fuin''' was a name for the northern parts of [[Dorthonion]], and sometimes for the forest as a whole after it was corrupted by [[Morgoth]] after the [[Dagor Bragollach]].  The kingdoms of Dorthonion were destroyed at that point, including [[Ladros]] and the realm [[Angrod]] and [[Aegnor]].  [[Barahir son of Bregor|Barahir]] remained as an outlaw in Taur-nu-Fuin, and after his death [[Beren Erchamion|Beren]] his son dwelt in this forest for several years, before crossing the [[Ered Gorgoroth]] and forsaking Dorthonion to its captors.  Then it was truly wholly "under nightshade".
  
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.
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In early texts it was spelled ''Taur-n''a''-Fuin'', as seen in the excerpt from the Lay above.
 
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In early texts it was spelled '''Taur-n''a''-Fuin''', as seen in the excerpt from the Lay above.
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[[Category:Northeast Beleriand]]

Revision as of 00:24, 30 June 2007

"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
Taur-nu-Fuin
Physical Description
TypeForest
LocationNorthern Dorthonion
RealmsAngband
InhabitantsOrcs
DescriptionEvil, darkened forest
General Information
Other namesDorthonion*
EtymologyS. taur "great forest" + nu "under" + fuin "night, gloom" (translated "nightshade")
EventsDagor Bragollach, Massacre at Tarn Aeluin
ReferencesThe Silmarillion

Taur-nu-Fuin was a name for the northern parts of Dorthonion, and sometimes for the forest as a whole after it was corrupted by Morgoth after the Dagor Bragollach. The kingdoms of Dorthonion were destroyed at that point, including Ladros and the realm Angrod and Aegnor. Barahir remained as an outlaw in Taur-nu-Fuin, and after his death Beren his son dwelt in this forest for several years, before crossing the Ered Gorgoroth and forsaking Dorthonion to its captors. Then it was truly wholly "under nightshade".

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