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Tode

Tode was a marshy location mentioned in the Shire-poem The Mewlips.[1]

It is mentioned to be after a long road "beyond the Merlock Mountains", and "through the spider-shadows"; other than that it is unknown if Tode refers to an actual marsh in the Westlands, or if it was just an invention by the poet.

As the poem describes a location similar to Mirkwood,[2] it's possible that Tode refers to the Long Marshes at the end of the Old Forest Road.[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Mewlips"
  2. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Mewlips, the"
  3. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Tode", p. 386
Legendary Locations in Arda
Mountains:  Astulat · Merlock Mountains
 Regions:  Belmarie · Fantasie · Sindanórie · Thellamie · Last Desert
Rivers:  Derrilyn
Other:  Aerie · Caverns of the Oaritsi · Gorbelgod · Tode