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Gorfang (pl. "Gyrfaing"; Kh. "Adisakheg"), or "Dreadbeard," was a red or purple moss which nested in dimly lit crannies throughout Moria. Usually it was found in high byplaces and was out of reach, although it emitted a reddish mist which often betrayed its niche. This telltale spray also caused sleep, so one had to take care when approaching the moss. Even if one evaded the mist's effects, however, a more loathsome fate might have seized him, for the Dread-beard's juices could be fatal.

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