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Rhosgobel was the house of Radagast on the western borders of Mirkwood, said to lie between the Carrock and the Old Forest Road.[1]



Rhosgobel, glossed as "russet village or 'town' (enclosure)",[2] is likely a compound of rhosc ("brown") and gobel ("walled house or village, town").[3] The name of the house was perhaps a reference to its resident, the Brown Wizard.

Other versions of the legendarium

In The Hobbit, Gandalf says that Radagast "lives near the southern borders of Mirkwood".[4]

Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

A layout, and a detailed description, is given of Rhosgobel. It is built around a large furry oak tree.[5][6]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Istari", Note 4
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 241 (quoting from the manuscript "Index questions")
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies" pp. 380, 385
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
  5. Mark Rabuck (1992), Northwestern Middle-earth Gazetteer (#4002)
  6. John David Ruemmler, Susan Tyler Hitchcock, Peter C. Fenlon (1995), Mirkwood (2nd edition) (#2019)