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Archet was the most remote of the settlements of the Bree-land, set among the trees on the edge of the Chetwood, somewhat to the east of Bree itself.[1] A few hobbits lived there, but the inhabitants were predominantly Big Folk.

When the hobbits and Gandalf returned to Bree after their journey south, Barliman Butterbur told them of the fight within Bree in which some Bree-landers were killed. After the fight the robbers took to hiding in the woods beyond Archet.[2]


The name Archet is said to be an "English place-name of Celtic origin", sharing the element chet "wood" with Chetwood.[3] Mark T. Hooker has suggested that the element Ar- is a prefix meaning "nearby", found in several Welsh place-names. The meaning of Archet would thus be "near the woods", which Hooker notes is reminiscent of its geographic description, being situated "on the edge of the Chetwood".[4]

Portrayals in Adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Archet is the settlement players start at if they are the race of Man. During the introduction of the Shadows of Angmar it comes under attack by Blackwold brigands who burn many of the homes to the ground. The settlement is commanded by Captain Brackenbrook.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Homeward Bound"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 765
  4. Mark T. Hooker, A Tolkienian Mathomium, p. 8