Drúadan Forest

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Drúadan Forest
Forest
Drúadan Forest by Gail McIntosh
"Drúadan Forest" by Gail McIntosh
General Information
Other namesTawar-in-Drúedain[1]
LocationAnórien, north of Ered Nimrais
TypeForest
DescriptionA small pinewood forest
InhabitantsDrúedain
GalleryImages of Drúadan Forest

Drúadan Forest was in the fief of Anórien, in Gondor, lying north of the eastern end of the Ered Nimrais. Located near or in the Forest were three of Gondor's warning beacons: To the west was Nardol, within the woods was Eilenach, and just east of the woods was Amon Dîn. Skirting the northern edge of Drúadan Forest was the great road that connected Gondor to Rohan, while within the southern part of the forest was the long-abandoned road through Stonewain Valley.[2]

It was avoided by the people of Gondor and Rohan, who believed it was haunted: in reality the forest was home to a small enclave of Drúedain, or Woses, who only survived in these woods and in the Drúwaith Iaur.[3]

History[edit]

During the War of the Ring the Rohirrim were on their way to support Minas Tirith, and a host of Orcs was found by scouts three miles west of Amon Dîn upon the Great West Road and moving toward Théoden's forces. A leader of the Woses, Ghân-buri-Ghân came forward and offered to lead the Riders by secret paths through the forest so they could avoid the Orcs. On 13 March[4] the Woses led the Rider of Rohan across the forgotten road down Stonewain Valley and the next day they reached the Grey Wood, and were able to come to Pelennor Fields undetected.[5]

In exchange for this help the forest was later given to the Drúedain as a protected enclave inside the Reunited Kingdom of Gondor and Arnor by King Elessar.[6]

Etymology[edit]

Drúadan is a Sindarin name. It means "Wose" or "wild man".[7] It is a compound of drû ("Wose") and adan ("Man (as a race)".[8][9]

References

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Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas
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Boromir
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Parth Galen · Amon Hen
Frodo and Sam
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Gandalf
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Celebdil† · Lothlórien · Fangorn Forest · Edoras · Hornburg · Isengard · Rohan · Anórien · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Osgiliath · Cross-roads · Ithilien · Dagorlad · Black Gate · Field of Cormallen · Cair Andros · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard
Merry
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Parth Galen · Amon Hen · Emyn Muil · Eastemnet · Fangorn Forest · Wellinghall · Derndingle · Isengard · Hornburg · Dunharrow · Drúadan Forest · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard
Pippin
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Amon Hen · Parth Galen · Emyn Muil · Eastemnet · Fangorn Forest · Wellinghall · Derndingle · Isengard · Rohan · Anórien · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Osgiliath · Cross-roads · Ithilien · Dagorlad · Black Gate · Field of Cormallen · Gondor · Cair Andros · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard