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

Description and LocationEdit

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 here again and the Glade consisted of grass, weeds, nettles, and other minor plants and the leaves were thicker and greener around the edges of the Glade.[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 WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 篝火草原
German Feuerlichtung


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth pgs. 120-21
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Old Forest"
  3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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