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Middle Earth Glossary

Middle Earth Glossary


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* Dáin II Ironfoot|Dáin|Dain

Lord of the Dwarves of the Iron Hills, afterwards King under the

Mountain; slain in the Battle of Dale.


Heir to Thorin Oakenshield.

A descendant of Grór, the youngest son of Dáin I, and lord of the

Dwarves of the Iron Hills. After the death of his cousin Thorin II

Oakenshield in the Battle of Five Armies, Dáin inherited the titles King

under the Mountain and King of Durin's Folk.

* Dairuin

One of the twelve companions of Barahir on Dorthonion.

* Daisy Gamgee

Eldest daughter of Hamfast Gamgee and Bell Goodchild; a sister of Samwise

Gamgee of the Company of the Ring.

* Daisy Gardner

A daughter of Samwise Gamgee and Rose Cotton; perhaps named for her aunt,

Daisy Gamgee.

* Dale

Country of the Bardings about the feet of Mount Erebor, allied with the

Kingdom of the Dwarves under the Mountain. See Battle of Dale.


A township of Men lying between Erebor and Esgaroth, destroyed when Smaug

descended on the Dwarf-kingdom. Dale was refounded after Smaug's

destruction by Bard, the descendant of its lords.

* Damrod

A Ranger of Ithilien, the companion of Mablung and trusted guard of


* Dark Elf

Title of Eöl of Nan Elmoth.

When Melian set her Girdle around the land of Doriath, Thingol's kinsman

Eöl left that land, and dwelt instead in the forest of Nan Elmoth. Living

under the dark shadows of that ancient forest, and preferring the night

to the day, he came to be widely known as the Dark Elf.

Eöl's epithet was no doubt influenced by the fact that the Sindarin

Elves to whom he belonged were of the Moriquendi, the Dark Elves who had

never seen the light of the Two Trees of Valinor.

* Dark Elves|Dark Elf

In the language of Aman all Elves that did not cross the Great Sea were

Dark Elves (Moriquendi), and the term is sometimes used thus; when

Caranthir called Thingol a Dark Elf it was intended opprobriously, and

was especially so, since Thingol had been to Aman 'and was not accounted

among the Moriquendi'. But in the period of the Exile of the Noldor it

was often used of the Elves of Middle-earth other than the Noldor and the

Sindar, and is then virtually equivalent to Avari. Different again is the

title Dark Elf of the Sindarin Elf Eöl; but in the Quenta Silmarillion,

Turgon no doubt meant that Eöl was of the Moriquendi.


The Moriquendi, those Elves who refused the summons of the Valar to

Valinor, or fell away on the Great Journey, and never saw the light of

the Two Trees.

The Dark Elves are often equated with the Avari, who refused the summons

of the Valar and remained in the darkness of Middle-earth. This is not

strictly correct; 'Dark Elves' also include those such as the Nandor and

Sindar who started the Great Journey to Valinor, but never came there.

* Dark Land

Sauron's domain of Mordor.

An occasional name used for Sauron's fortified country of Mordor. In

fact 'Dark Land' is a possible interpretation of the name Mordor, though

the alternative 'Black Land' is used much more frequently.

On at least one early map of Arda, a great southern continent appears

labelled 'Dark Land'. This region is not otherwise mentioned, and is

unrelated to the Dark Land mentioned in The Lord of the Rings.

* Dark Lands

Term for Middle-earth in Númenor.

* Dark Lord

The term is used of Morgoth, and of Sauron.


The title given to the two great Ainur who ruled the forces of darkness

in Middle-earth, Morgoth and Sauron.


The First Dark Lord - Morgoth: Morgoth descended into Arda at its

beginning, and battled with the Valar for ages uncounted before the

awakening of Elves and Men from his fortress at Utumno in the north of

the world. The Valar defeated him and imprisoned him for three ages, but

on his release he returned to Angband, north of Beleriand. During the

First Age, the Noldor made hopeless war upon him for the return of the

Silmarils, but at last the Valar came to their aid and overthrew Morgoth,

banishing him forever from the World.


The Second Dark Lord - Sauron: Sauron was the ancient lieutenant of

Morgoth, and after the first Dark Lord's defeat, he took on his mantle

and became a Dark Lord himself during the early Second Age. Taking the

land of Mordor to dwell in, he corrupted the Númenóreans. Though he was

defeated at the end of the Second Age, and his Dark Tower of Barad-dûr

was thrown down, he rose again during the Third Age, and was finally

defeated with the destruction of the One Ring in III 3019.

* Dark Mountains

An old name for the Mountains of Mirkwood.

The original name for the range of deeply forested hills that ran

through the northern part of Greenwood the Great, whose name is a

translation of the Elvish Emyn Duir. When the shadow of Dol Guldur fell

on the forest, it was renamed 'Mirkwood', and this range of high hills

came to be called the Mountains of Mirkwood.

* Dark Plague

The plague that robbed Gondor of its King.

The dreadful plague that swept through Middle-earth in the middle years

of the Third Age; its effects were worst in Gondor and the southern

lands, but it affected even those who lived in the far north.

* Dark Power

A common epithet used, especially in Gondor, to describe Sauron.

* Dark Throne

The throne of Morgoth in Angband, beneath which Beren hid during the

Quest of the Silmaril.

* Dark Tower

A name for Sauron's fortress of Barad-dûr, in the Black Land of Mordor.

* Dark Years

The years of the dominion of Sauron in the Second Age.


A term for the long years of hardship of the Men of Middle-earth during

the Second Age. While Númenor flourished, the Men of Middle-earth endured

trouble and war, and many of them turned to the worship of Sauron in this

time. The Dark Years ended with the coming of Elendil and his sons near

the end of the Second Age.

* Darkening of Valinor

The destruction of the Two Trees of Valinor by Morgoth and Ungoliant

shortly before the beginning of the First Age.

* Dead Marshes

Wide stagnant marshes south-east of Emyn Muil, in which the slain of the

Battle of Dagorlad were seen.


The fetid swamplands that lay between the Emyn Muil and the northern

marches of Mordor, the site at the end of the Second Age of many deaths

during the War of the Last Alliance, and still said to be haunted at the

end of Third Age, three thousand years later.

* Dead Men of Dunharrow

Men of Ered Nimrais who were cursed by Isildur for breaking their oath of

allegiance to him.

* Dead Tree

The last White Tree of Gondor, which died at the same time as Belecthor

II the ninth Ruling Steward; for lack of a seedling, the dead tree was

left standing in the courts of Minas Tirith.

* Déagol|Deagol

A Stoor of the Vales of Anduin, finder of the One Ring.


The short-lived discoverer of the One Ring.

A hobbit-like creature of the same kind as Sméagol (Gollum), who found

the One Ring on the bed of the River Anduin while fishing. He was

murdered by his friend Sméagol, who stole the Ring.

* Deathless

Title given to Durin, eldest of the Fathers of the Dwarves. Though he

lived to a very great age, Durin was not in fact deathless; he died some

time during the First Age.

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