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Woses is a name that Tolkien took from Woodwoses of British folklore. The word comes from Old English Wuduwasas and means "Wild men of the woods".

The Woodwose is a hairy, troll-like being supposed to inhabit woods and forests and the figure was used on coats-of-arms and illuminations during the middle-ages up to the renaissance.

The word Wose represents Tolkien's translation of the actual word róg of the Rohirrim into archaic English.

External links

  • Woodwoses - article on the folkloric figure in Wikipedia