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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit CED


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Mirkwood Forest

At the Edge of Mirkwood Forest

The Misty Mountains are now behind the party with Mirkwood yet to cross (Side 2, 04:02).

"'No! no!' said Bilbo, 'I didn't mean that. I meant, is there no way round?'
'There is if you care to go two hundred miles or so out of your way north,
and twice that south. But you wouldn't get a safe path even then. There are no
safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now,
and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go. Before you could get round Mirkwood in
the North you would be right among the slopes of the Grey Mountains, and they are
simply stiff with goblins, hobgoblins, and orcs of the worst description. Before you
could get round it in the South, you would get into the land of the Necromancer; and
even you, Bilbo, won't need me to tell you tales of that black sorcerer. I don't advise
you to go anywhere near the places overlooked by his dark tower! Stick to the forest track,
keep your spirits up, hope for the best, and with a tremendous slice of luck you may come
out one day and see the Long Marshes lying below you, and beyond them, high in the East,
the Lonely Mountain, where dear old Smaug lives, though I hope he is not expecting you'"

    - The Hobbit: Queer Lodgings

  • The Necromancer is called Sauron in "The Lord of the Rings."
  • Visit the Mirkwood page at

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