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Physical Description

Rhosgobel was the "old home" of Radagast.[1] The house is said to have been located between the Carrock and the Old Forest Road, on the western borders of Mirkwood[2] and near its southern borders.[3][4][note 1]

After the Council of Elrond, some scouts from Rivendell passed over the Misty Mountains and eventually came to Rhosgobel, but they found that Radagast was not there.[5]


[edit] Etymology

Rhosgobel, glossed as "russet village or 'town' (enclosure)",[6] is evidently a compound of rhosc ("brown") and gobel ("walled house or village, town").[7][8] The name of the house was perhaps a reference to its resident, the Brown Wizard.

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

A layout, and a detailed description, is given of Rhosgobel. It is built around a large furry oak tree.[9][10]

2011: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game:

Rhosgobel is depicted as a u-shaped wooden house nestled in the woods surrounding a small blue pool of water or pond.[11]

2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

Rhosgobel appears in a single scene, when it is attacked by spiders. Radagast later discovers that these spiders came from Dol Guldur.


  1. This location for Rhosgobel appears on the first map of The Lord of the Rings in The Treason of Isengard. A dot and the name are near the center of square L-13 on Map II, placing Rhosgobel east and a little south of the Gladden Fields.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Ring Goes South"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Istari", Note 4
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Queer Lodgings"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "The First Map of The Lord of the Rings", "Map II", p.305
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Ring Goes South"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Unfinished index for The Lord of the Rings", in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 241
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies" pp. 380, 385
  8. Helge Fauskanger, "On LH and RH" , Ardalambion (accessed 9 April 2012)
  9. Mark Rabuck (1992), Northwestern Middle-earth Gazetteer (#4002)
  10. John David Ruemmler, Susan Tyler Hitchcock, Peter C. Fenlon (1995), Mirkwood (2nd edition) (#2019)
  11. "Rhosgobel" , Trade Cards Online (accessed 9 April 2012)