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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]



Rhosgobel, glossed as "russet village or 'town' (enclosure)",[3] is likely a compound of rhosc ("brown") and gobel ("walled house or village, town").[4] The name of the house was perhaps a reference to its resident, the Brown Wizard.

Other versions of the legendarium

In The Hobbit, Gandalf said that Radagast "lives near the southern borders of Mirkwood".[5] This location for Rhosgobel is supported by its appearance on the first map of The Lord of the Rings in The Treason of Isengard. A dot and the name are near the center of square L-13 on Map II, placing Rhosgobel east and a little south of the Gladden Fields.[6]

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.[7][8]

2011: Lord of the Rings Living Card Game:

Rhosgobel is depicted as a u-shaped wooden house nestled in the woods surrounding a small blue pool of water or pond.[9]


  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. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 241 (quoting from the manuscript "Index questions")
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies" pp. 380, 385
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "The First Map of The Lord of the Rings", "Map II", p.305
  7. Mark Rabuck (1992), Northwestern Middle-earth Gazetteer (#4002)
  8. John David Ruemmler, Susan Tyler Hitchcock, Peter C. Fenlon (1995), Mirkwood (2nd edition) (#2019)