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Rhosgobel was the "old home" of Radagast.[1] The house is said to have been located between the Carrock and the Old Forest Road, on the western borders of Mirkwood[2] near its southern borders.[3]


Rhosgobel, glossed as "russet village or 'town' (enclosure)",[4] is likely a compound of rhosc ("brown") and gobel ("walled house or village, town").[5] The name of the house was perhaps a reference to its resident, the Brown Wizard.

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.[6][7]


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