The Wandering Days were what the Hobbits referred to as the period of time during which they had begun their great migration from the upper Vales of Anduin and the feet of the Misty Mountains into various parts of Eriador, and finally to what would be known as the Shire.[1]


For some millennia, the Hobbits had lived relatively peaceful and comfortable lives in the upper Vales of Anduin and at the feet of the Misty Mountains, but by the mid-twelve century of the Third Age things started to change and life was becoming difficult for them. Men were beginning to increase in the lands near them and with Sauron occupying Dol Guldur, the long and peaceful forest of Greenwood the Great was becoming evil. Beginning in TA 1050, the migration began but not all at once as only the Harfoot tribe was willing to made the journey over the Misty Mountains. The Fallohides and the Stoors joined them in TA 1150.

The Hobbit tribes settled in many different places in Eriador. The Harfoots went over the mountains making it as far as Weathertop and were later intermingled with the Fallohides settling there in the Weather Hills for a time. The Stoors, who climbed the Redhorn Pass through the mountains, settled in the Angle and Dunland, living there for many centuries. In the Angle, they were intermingled with both the Fallohides and the Harfoots in a series of settlements known as the Forgotten Villages.

With the threat from Angmar worsening, the Stoors in the north moved south to Dunland with their kin, some even returned to the Vales of Anduin, settling in the Gladden Fields, and were probably the ancestors of Déagol and Sméagol. By TA 1300 mixed groups of Hobbits began settling in Bree-land, especially in the village of Staddle where they lived peacefully side by side with the Men of Bree. Breeland was their home for over three-hundred years until TA 1601, when King Argeleb II of Arthedain granted them the land between the Far Downs and the Brandywine River. Large mixed groups of Hobbits migrated there during that year and later, in TA 1630, the remainder of the Stoors of Dunland moved there as well. Some Hobbits chose to remain in Bree, where they lived ever after.[2]


These events are considered ancient history and are recorded in the first known written records that mention Hobbits. Their oral tradition goes back no further, such that their ultimate origins are unknown.

Translations around the World

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Wandelende Dae
Albanian Enden Ditë
Amharic የዋንደሪንግ ቀኖች
Arabic التائه أيام
Armenian թափառող օրեր
Azerbaijani Gəzən gün
Basque Dabiltzan Egun
Belarusian Cyrillic Блукаючыя Дні
Bengali পরিব্রাজক দিন
Bosnian Lutajući dana
Bulgarian Cyrillic скитащи дни
Catalan Errants Dies
Cebuano Mga laag nga Adlaw
Chinese 流浪天
Cornish Qwandra Dedhyow ?
Croatian Lutajući dana
Czech Putování dny
Danish Vandrende Dage
Dutch Wandelende Dagen
Esperanto Vaganta Tagoj
Estonian Ekslemine päeva
Fijian Ra sa lako sese Na siga
French Jours Errants
Frisian Swalkjen Dagen
Galician Errantes Días
Georgian მოხეტიალე დღეები
German Wandernde Tage
Greek περιπλάνηση Ημέρες
Gujarati રઝળતા દિવસો
Hebrew ימים נודדים
Hindi भटकने वाले दिन
Hungarian Vándorló Napok
Icelandic Ráfandi Dagar
Igbo Awagharị ụbọchị
Indonesian Mengembara Hari
Irish Gaelic Fánaíocht Laethanta
Italian Vagando Giorni
Japanese 放浪の日
Kannada ಅಲೆಮಾರಿ ಡೇಸ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Қаңғыбас күндері
Korean 방랑하는 날들
Latin Vagans Dies
Latvian Staigājām dienas
Lithuanian Klajojo dienų
Luxembourgish Wandert Deeg
Macedonian Cyrillic скитници дена
Malagasy Nirenireny Andro
Maori Kaipaowe ra
Marathi भटकंती दिवस
Mongolian Cyrillic тэнүүчлэл хоног
Norwegian Vandrende Dager
Pashto لالهانده ورځې ?
Persian سرگردان روز
Polish Wędrówek Dni
Portuguese Dias Errantes
Punjabi ਭਟਕਦੇ ਦਿਨ
Romanian Zile Rătăcitori
Russian Блуждающие дни
Serbian Вандеринг дана (Cyrillic) Luta dana (Latin)
Sesotho Lelera Matsatsi
Slovak Blúdivý dni
Slovenian Tava dni
Spanish Días Errantes
Sudanese Ngumbara Poé
Swahili Kutangatanga Siku
Swedish Vandrande Dagar
Tajik Cyrillic саргардон Рӯзҳои
Tamil அலையும் நாட்கள்
Telugu సంచారం డేస్
Turkish Dolaşan Günler
Ukrainian Cyrillic Блукаючи днів
Uzbek Кўчманчи Кунлари (Cyrillic) Ko'chmanchi Kunlari (Latin)
Vietnamese Ngày lang thang
Welsh Dyddiau Crwydro
Yiddish וואַנדערינג טעג
Yucatec Maya K'iino'ob vaga
Zulu Izinsuku Ezulazulayo


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, The Third Age, "Migrations of Hobbits"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
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