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North Moors

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]

[edit] Inspiration

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]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Ring Goes South"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 231, (dated 4 October 1961)
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, pp. 253-254
  6. WDBL, Paul Adams, Mark Gordon, "What became of the Entwives?", Tolkien FAQ (accessed 24 January 2022)