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Rhosgobel: The Dwelling of Radagast the Brown

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 Radagast the Brown, also known as Aiwendil, was one of the Wizards sent to Middle-earth to contest the will of Sauron. Originally a Maia of Yavanna, he had a strong affinity for animals. He dwelt, for a time, at Rhosgobel on the western eaves of Mirkwood, near the Gladden Fields on the Great River.

  Radagast was never much of a traveller. There is not much to be told about his early journeys, but by the late Third Age he eventually settled down and dwelt, for a time at least, at Rhosgobel somewhere between the Carrock and the Old Forest Road. Situated on the western borders of Mirkwood, it can be assumed that the Wizard held watch against the Shadow of Dol Guldur that slowly engulfed the forest. It is likely that he became acquainted with the inhabitants of that region. Close to animals and birds, he was friends with the great eagles. Although the neighboring Beorn was unsociable, he used to see him from time to time, and he considered Radagast "not bad" for a Wizard.

Rhosgobel was the "old home" of Radagast. The house is said to have been located between the Carrock and the Old Forest Road, on the western borders of Mirkwood and near its southern borders.

  Rhosgobel, glossed as "russet village or 'town' (enclosure)", is evidently a compound of rhosc ("brown") and gobel ("walled house or village, town"). The name of the house was perhaps a reference to its resident, the Brown Wizard.


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