The North Moors lay along the northern border of the Shire in the Northfarthing.
The North Moors was located roughly fifty leagues (150 Númenórean miles) north of the Marshes in the south. No elm trees grew in the North Moors, and it was the one region within the bounds of the Shire where heavy snowfalls were common.
Around the spring of T.A. 3018, Samwise Gamgee heard a rumor that his cousin, Halfast Gamgee, reported seeing Tree-men or giants away beyond the North Moors.
Assuming that Halfast's story is not a fanciful fabrication and indeed he saw something strange, fans have connected the "tree-man" to the Ents (or Entwives) that appear later in the story. However Tolkien specifically mentioned that he had not invented the Ents before the moment he reached the chapter Treebeard and the "tree-man" reference was written before it. It is unknown whether Tolkien himself consciously considered such a connection, revisited the matter subsequently, or decided that Halfast should not be taken at his word.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Ring Goes South"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 231, (dated 4 October 1961)
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, pp. 253-254
- ↑ WDBL, Paul Adams, Mark Gordon, "What became of the Entwives?", Tolkien FAQ (accessed 24 March 2023)