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"Chetwood" by Matěj Čadil
General Information
LocationCentral Eriador, just north and east of Bree

Chetwood was the broad woodland that lay to the north and east of the Bree-hill, some forty miles east of the Shire.[1] The village of Archet was built among the trees near its edge.[2]

Prior to the settlement of the Shire many Hobbits lived in Bree and in the Chetwood nearby.[1] When Strider led the four hobbits out of Bree they spent three days in the Chetwood before descending to the Midgewater Marshes.[3]

[edit] Etymology

The element chet (also found in Archet) , meaning "wood", is said to be of Celtic origin.[4] It is seen in the Welsh word coed.[5]

It represents a possible Old Hobbitish Cetwudu "wood".

There is a Cheetwood in Lancashire and a Chetwode in Buckinghamshire, although it is unknown if Tolkien was inspired by these.[source?]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The Chetwood consisted of three areas in the region of Bree-land. Chetwood South was located around the East Road south of Staddle, south-east of Bree and south-west of the Midgewater Marshes. Chetwood North was north of the marsh, between Combe and the Weather Hills. The Far Chetwood lay in the northeast of Bree-land beyond the Archet Dale, south of the lake of Nen Harn on the border with the North Downs. Early in the War of the Ring, bandits of the Blackwold gang lived in the woods.


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Knife in the Dark"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 765
  5. David Salo, "Hobbitish Place-names" dated 23 November 1998, Elfling (accessed 8 October 2014)