North Moors

From Tolkien Gateway

The North Moors lay along the northern border of the Shire in the Northfarthing.[1] It was the one place within the Shire where heavy snowfalls were common.[2]

Around the spring of T.A. 3018, Halfast Gamgee reported seeing Tree-men or giants away beyond the North Moors.[3]


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[4] and the "tree-man" reference was written before it.[5] It is unknown whether Tolkien himself consciously considered such a connection or if he revisited the matter subsequently.[6]