The Drúadan Forest also known as the Tawar-in-Drúedain was a pine forest in Gondor, located in Anorien, north of Minas Tirith. The forest was inhabited by a strange folk of men known as the Drúedain, the Wild Men of the Woods or Wood Woses.
According to the The Atlas of Middle-earth, the forest was over forty miles in total length. The highest point in the Drúadan Forest is Eilenach which was the sixth Beacons and could be seen from the west.
The forest had been occupied by the Drúadan since sometime between or sometime after the Second Age years: SA 883 and SA 1075. It was known for being avoided by outsiders. 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.
- ↑ 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
- ↑ The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "The White Mountains"
- ↑ Unfinished Tales, Part Four: I: "The Drúedain"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter V: "The Ride of the Rohirrim"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter VI: "Many Partings"