The raft-elves brought goods on the Forest River between the Woodland Realm and Esgaroth. The goods were stored in barrels which were tied together and then poled or rowed up the river. Sometimes they also used flat boats, on which the goods were loaded.
Portrayal in adaptations
1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:
- The Raft-elves are a separate tribe of Nando and Sindar Elves, residing in the village of Celebannon upon the Forest River.
1989: The Hobbit:
- David T. Wenzel portrayed the raft-elves as sturdy elves wearing garments in various tones of green.