The thinly wooded land around the Forest Gate is called the Elfwood. It is not part of Mirkwood proper. The trees are not tangled and dark, and a little light makes it through the canopy of dark green leaves. In times past, the Elves of the Woodland Realm came here to feast and make merry, and some even left the shadows of the forest to walk down to the river and speak to the rushing waters. Today, the Elfwood is a barrier between the Upper and Middle Vales, and so serves as the border between Beorn’s territory and that of Viglund.