The Hagen Woods was located near the Palace of the Prophets in the Old World. It was forbidden because of the danger to anyone who entered and certain death to any who remained after the sun had set. Richard Rahl found solace in the Hagen Woods, in the second book in the series, Stone of Tears. It was revealed that the woods were created solely for him, thousands of years prior, because he was the only wizard born in three thousand years to be born with both additive and subtractive magic and was able to detect the deadly and vile Mriswith (once-wizards who gave up their human form for a perverted power) which, along with other incredibly deadly things, populated the Hagen Woods.

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