The Bonfire Glade was a place in the Old Forest where the Hobbits of Buckland burned many of the hostile trees of that forest.

Description and location

The Glade was a dreary sort of place located approximately a half a mile from the Buckland Gate in the Old Forest. No tree ever grew there following the hobbits' burning, and the Glade consisted of grass, weeds, nettles, and other minor plants. The leaves were known to be thicker and greener around the edges of the Glade than in other parts of the forest.[1]


Sometime before the War of the Ring, the hostile trees of the Old Forest crept very close to the High Hedge, possibly intending to plant themselves there for good and leaned over it. In response the Bucklanders declared war cutting down hundreds of them and burning them in a great bonfire in the forest which later became the Glade. They also burned the ground in a long strip just east of the Hedge. After this no further trees attempted to bother the Bucklanders ever again but the trees of the Old Forest were unfriendly to outsiders.

During Frodo's journey to Mordor, the hobbit party passed through it finding it rather charming and cheerful after the rest of the forest they had just passed through.[2][3]

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Azerbaijani Tonqal klirinq
Belarusian Cyrillic Вогнішча Паляна
Catalan Foguera clar
Chinese (Hong Kong) 篝火草原
Czech Táborák mýtina
Esperanto Fajro senarbejo
Estonian Tulekahju välu
Finnish Kokkoaukio
French Feu Clairière
German Feuerlichtung
Hebrew מְדוּרָה קרחת יער
Italian Falò radura
Latvian Ugunskurs izcirtums
Lithuanian Laužas erčia
Portuguese Fogueira Clareira
Sinhalese  ?
Slovak Táborák čistina
Spanish Hoguera del Claro


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Lord of the Rings, "Along the Brandywine"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter VI: "The Old Forest"
  3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
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