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Radagast - The Brown Wizard; Aiwendil . The third, with Gandalf and Saruman, of the three Wizards who remained in the northwest of Middle-earth; he formerly dwelt at Rhosgobel on the borders of Mirkwood.

< b>Rangers - Descendants of the Northern Dúnedain; Rangers of the North.

"Few now remember them ... yet still some go wandering, sons of forgotten kings walking in loneliness, guarding from evil things folk that are heedless." Words of Tom Bombadil The Fellowship of the Ring I 8 Fog on the Barrow-downs

After the loss of the kingdom of Arthedain, the descendants of Isildur's line survived in the wilds of Middle-earth, and became skilled in hunting and woodcraft; their warriors were known as the Rangers among the peoples of the north.

Rangers of Ithilien - Gondor’s secret soldiers east of Anduin. A force of the soldiers of Gondor, selected from the descendants of the people who had dwelt in Ithilien before it fell from Gondor's control. Dressed in camouflaging green and brown, they crossed the Anduin in secret to harass the forces of the Enemy in Gondor's old domain.

The Renewer - Envinyatar.

"Verily, for in the high tongue of old I am Elessar, the Elfstone, and Envinyatar, the Renewer." Words of Aragorn from The Return of the King V 8 The Houses of Healing

A high name and title claimed by Aragorn after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. It refers in a literal sense to his renewal of the Kingship of the Dúnedain, and so to the renewal of the hope of Men.

The meaning of the name Envinyatar, one of the High-elven titles claimed by Aragorn after the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. It refers to the prophecy - soon to be fulfilled at that time - that he would renew the hope of the Dúnedain by reuniting the Two Kingdoms.

Riders of Rohan - The cavalry of the Rohirrim. Common name for the Rohirrim, the horsemen from the north who dwelt in the land of Rohan after its foundation by Eorl the Young.

Riders of the Mark - The horsemen of Rohan. Another name for the Rohirrim or Riders of Rohan, and probably closer to their own, unrecorded, name for themselves.

Ring-finder - A title of Bilbo Baggins. A title given to Bilbo Baggins, who came upon the One Ring in an orc-hold of the Misty Mountains.

Ring-maker - A title for the makers of Rings of Power. A title of Sauron, forger of the One Ring, also claimed by Saruman.

Ringwraiths - The slaves of Sauron’s Nine Rings; Black Riders, The Nine, Nine Riders, Nine Servants, Winged Shadows. The Nazgûl, the slaves of Sauron's Nine Rings; originally Men who were corrupted by the Rings of Power.

Roheryn - The steed of Aragorn. The horse of Aragorn, brought to him out of the north by the Rangers during the War of the Ring, and said to have been a gift from the lady Arwen Evenstar. ,br>

Rohirrim - The Horse-lords of Rohan; Horsemen of Rohan, Men of Rohan, Riders of Rohan, Riders of the Mark. The people of Rohan. Originally descended from the Éothéod of the North. When Eorl was granted the land of Rohan, his people became known as the Rohirrim, from the Elvish for 'People of the Horse-lords'.

Rúmil of Lórien - A marchwarden of the Galadhrim. One of the border-guards of Lórien encountered by the Fellowship of the Ring as they fled from Moria. He was perhaps named for the more famous Rúmil, the inventor of writing.

Rushlight Family - A family of the Men of Bree. A family-name among the Men of Bree. Nothing is known of this family apart from the mere fact of its existence - none of its members are ever mentioned by name.


Rammas Echor - The boundary wall of the Pelennor Fields. The great and ancient wall that surrounded Minas Tirith and enclosed the Fields of the Pelennor. It was repaired in the time of the War of the Ring, but did little to hold back the armies of Sauron under their Black Captain.

Rath Dínen - The Silent Street. Behind the Closed Door, Fen Hollen, in the sixth circle of Minas Tirith, lay a steep, winding pathway that led down beneath the shadow of Mindolluin to Rath Dínen, the Silent Street. This was the street that ran between the Houses of the Dead, where the great of Gondor, Kings and Stewards alike, were laid after death.

The Kings of Gondor were buried in mansions or domed tombs, and the Street was lined with images of those who lay there. The Stewards had a House apart from the tombs of the Kings, the House of Stewards, where Denethor perished in 3019 (Third Age).

When the seedling of the White Tree was found on the slopes of Mindolluin by Gandalf, the Dead Tree that had stood in the courts of Minas Tirith was laid in Rath Dínen, and the hobbits Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took, of the Company of the Ring, were also given a place there after their deaths, beside the tomb of King Aragorn Elessar.

Falls of Rauros - The falls beneath Nen Hithoel. The great falls of the River Anduin where it fell from the heights of the Emyn Muil into the wetlands of the Nindalf.

Redhorn Gate - The 'gate' of the Misty Mountains. A name for the pass that led from the wilds of Eriador through the Misty Mountains into Rhovanion beyond. Sheer and steep, it climbed across the southern slopes of the Redhorn (Caradhras) and led down into the valley of Nanduhirion beyond the Mountains.

Rhosgobel - Radagast’s dwelling on the edge of Mirkwood. The house of Radagast on the western borders of Mirkwood, said to lie between the Carrock and the Old Forest Road.

Rhûn - The eastern lands of Middle-earth. The little-known lands in the far east of Middle-earth, from where many attacks on Gondor and its allies came during the Third Age. Rhûn was far from an empty land; it was the domain of the Easterlings, Men of Darkness who were ready to follow both the Dark Lords and fought as their allies in war. These lands, too, were peopled by lost Elves, Avari and Úmanyar, and by four of the seven clans of the Dwarves.

Riddermark - The land of the Rohirrim. The name among the Rohirrim for the land, more commonly known to outsiders as Rohan.

River Ringló - A river of southern Gondor. An important river of the southern regions of Gondor. It rose in the White Mountains above Lamedon, and flowed southwestwards for some 200 miles before it met the sea. Near its mouth was the ancient Elf-haven of Edhellond, and it marked the border between Anfalas to the west and Belfalas to the east.

Rivendell - The Last Homely House, The First Homely House, The House of Elrond, Imladris, Karningul. The hidden refuge of Elrond Halfelven, founded in the Second Age against the assaults of Sauron in Eriador. It lay in a deep valley in the western foothills of the Misty Mountains, and endured under the Lordship of Elrond through the War of the Ring and beyond.

Rushey - A village of the Shire’s Eastfarthing. A small village of the Marish, in the Eastfarthing of the Shire, spelt 'Rushy' on the map accompanying The Lord of the Rings.


Red Arrow See Hirgon

Red Book of Westmarch - The legendary source of Tolkien’s tales. In origin the diary and commentaries of Bilbo Baggins, with additions by his heir Frodo, the Red Book was the original source for the tales we know as The Silmarillion, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Remmirath - The Netted Stars: an Elvish name for a group of stars, identified with the cluster today called the Pleiades.

Reunited Kingdom - Two Kingdoms after the restoration of Isildur’s line. The name given to the Númenórean realms of Arnor and Gondor after their reunification under King Aragorn II Elessar at the beginning of the Fourth Age.

Gap of Rohan - The breach between the Misty Mountains and the White. The great gap on the west of Rohan between the southern end of the Misty Mountains and the northernmost peaks of the White Mountains.

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