Drúadan Forest, also known as the Tawar-in-Drúedain,[1] was a pine forest of Gondor, located in Anorien, which was north of Minas Tirith. The forest was inhabited by a strange folk of men known as the Drúedain, the Wild Men of the Woods. 

According to the The Atlas of Middle-earth, the forest was over forty miles in total length.[2] The highest point in the forest was Eilenach, which was the sixth Warning beacon and could be seen from the west.[1]


The forest had been occupied by the Drúadain since sometime between or sometime after the Second Age years: SA 883 and SA 1075.[3] It was known for being avoided by outsiders.[1] The forest is remembered most for when the Riders of Rohan where guided through the forest on their way to the relief of Minas Tirith, by their leader Ghân-buri-Ghân. There was a road there, created long ago by the "Stonehouse-folk" (Men of Gondor), that everyone except the Wild Men had forgotten. It would have taken the Drúedain from sunrise to noon to walk it, but it required around ten hours for all of Rohan's army to get through. Each company of soldiers was guided by a Wild Man, who also sent out scouts to keep their movements secret. Movement through the forest keep the army from being spotted by the enemy.[4]

In the Fourth Age, King Aragorn II Elessar declared that the men of the forest would have the land to themselves because of their help during the war.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Unfinished Tales, Part Three: The Third Age, II: "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan", Notes
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "The White Mountains"
  3. Unfinished Tales, Part Four: I: "The Drúedain"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Ch. V: "The Ride of the Rohirrim"
  5. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Ch. VI: "Many Partings"
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