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Dates
Became extinct at some point after the First Age, probably in the cataclysm that brought that Age to an end
Location
Only recorded growing on the slopes of Amon Rûdh, though surely found elsewhere
Settlements
Grew around Bar-en-Danwedh on the summit of Amon Rûdh
Meaning
'Snow' is a reference to the plant's white flowers ('thorn' is literal, as the plant bore sharp spines)
Other names
Aeglos; apparently related to modern gorse

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Snowthorn

A white-flowering plant of West Beleriand

A thorned plant with white flowers, said to resemble modern gorse, that was known to grow in West Beleriand, and perhaps farther afield. At the very least, it was found on the slopes of the hill of Amon Rûdh. Its Elvish name was aeglos, a name that it shared with the fabled Spear of Gil-galad, though whether there was a direct relationship between the two names is not known.


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