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Forest River

"Barrels out of Bond" by Alan Lee
The Forest River was a great river that flowed through northern Mirkwood. It began in the Grey Mountains far to the north and then flowed south-east, joined by the Enchanted River near Thranduil's caverns, until it met the River Running at Esgaroth in the Long Marshes.[1]

The river was used by the Raft-elves to carry their goods.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Map of Wilderland"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Barrels Out of Bond"
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