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Púkel-men were the ancient carved images, thought to be of Woses or Drúedain, that lined the road to Dunharrow in the White Mountains. Each statue was in the likeness of a man with clumsy limbs, squatting cross-legged with his short arms folded across his fat belly. All had eroded over the years until some had no features except empty eye holes. The Rohirrim ignored the statues when they passed them.[1]


The word púcel in Old English means "little goblin".[2] The element púc "goblin" is related to the name Puck and the modern English word "pug".[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Muster of Rohan"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Drúedain", note 14
  3. Jim Allan An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names, p. 219