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Physical Description
LocationCentral Eriador, just north and east of Bree
Reunited Kingdom

Chetwood was the broad woodland that lay to the north and east of the Bree-hill, some forty miles east of the Shire.[1] The village of Archet was built among the trees near its edge.[2]

Prior to the settlement of the Shire many Hobbits lived in Bree and in the Chetwood nearby.[1] When Strider led the four hobbits out of Bree they spent three days in the Chetwood before descending to the Midgewater Marshes.[3]

[edit] Etymology

The element chet (also found in Archet) , meaning "wood", is said to be of Celtic origin.[4] It is seen in the Welsh word coed.[5]

It represents a possible Old Hobbitish Cetwudu "wood".

There is a Cheetwood in Lancashire and a Chetwode in Buckinghamshire, although it is unknown if Tolkien was inspired by these.[source?]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Knife in the Dark"
  4. 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
  5. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 27 August 2015)