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"Tell me, who are you, alone, yourself and nameless?" - Tom Bombadil
This article describes a concept which is mentioned in J.R.R. Tolkien's works, but was never given a definite name.
Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves by J.R.R. Tolkien

The huts of the raft-elves referred to a village used by the raft-elves, that was to be found on a protruding bank of the Forest River, close to the eastern edge of the forest of Mirkwood.[1][2][3] It is stated that the subjects of Thranduil "had houses or huts on the ground and in the branches",[4] so it is possible that the huts of the raft-elves were situated within the Woodland Realm.

Bilbo Baggins, hanging on to a barrel, spent a night outside the village of the raft-elves while pursuing Thorin and Company (who were escaping the imprisonment of the Wood-elves in barrels shipped by the raft-elves to Lake-town).[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

The Raft-elves reside in the village of Celebannon, which consists of a dozen houses.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Barrels Out of Bond"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves (I)", Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves (II)
  3. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator, pp. 128-31
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Flies and Spiders"
  5. John David Ruemmler, Susan Tyler Hitchcock, Peter C. Fenlon (1995), Mirkwood (2nd edition) (#2019)