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A raft-elf portrayed by David T. Wenzel

The raft-elves brought goods on the Forest River between the Woodland Realm and Esgaroth. The goods were stored in barrels which were tied together and then poled or rowed up the river. Sometimes they also used flat boats, on which the goods were loaded.[1]

The term "raft-elves" is mentioned only once,[1] so likely these elves pertained to Thranduil's Elves of Mirkwood.

Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

The Raft-elves are a separate tribe of Nando and Sindar Elves, residing in the village of Celebannon upon the Forest River.[2]

1989: The Hobbit:

David T. Wenzel portrayed the raft-elves as sturdy elves wearing garments in various tones of green.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Barrels Out of Bond"
  2. John David Ruemmler, Susan Tyler Hitchcock, Peter C. Fenlon (1995), Mirkwood (2nd edition) (#2019)