Old Forest Road
|Old Forest Road|
|Other names||Way of the Dwarves (translation), Men-i-Naugrim, Forest Road|
|Location||Running from the Misty Mountains through central Mirkwood to the Celduin|
|Inhabitants||Used by Dwarves|
The road ran from the east gate of the underground dwarven city originally known as Khazad-dûm and later as Moria north along the eastern side of the Misty Mountains over the upper course of the river Gladden to the lowest point where a bridge over the Anduin could be built and then straight east across the vale of the Anduin and through Mirkwood forest to a bridge across the River Running and then north-east to the iron mines in the Iron Hills. A road that descended from the Pass of Imladris was also part of the Dwarf Road. The latitude of the eastern part of the road is halfway between the ancient Dwarven meeting-place at Mount Gundabad to the north, and Moria to the south.
The stone-bridge over the Anduin and the first miles of the road through Greenwood were built by the Longbeard dwarves of Moria and the bridge over the River Running was built by their kin from the Iron Hills in the First Age. The road was completed during the Second Age when many dwarves emigrated from the Blue Mountains to Moria and to the Iron Hills.
At the time of the Quest for Erebor the stone bridge over the Anduin had been lost and the river was crossed at the Old Ford. Beorn warned Thorin and Company that it was often used by Goblins and inside the forest, the road was overgrown and disused. At this time the road led to impassable marshes near the River Running where the paths had long been lost.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", "Notes", Note 14
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Three. The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants: XX. Note on the Dwarf Road"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "X. Of Dwarves and Men", "Notes", note 30
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index, entry Roads (2) (v)
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
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- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index, entry Men-i-Naugrim