Drûg(s). Singular : Drû(g)


Wild men of the woods.

Drúedain : Sindarin for Drû + Edain recognizing they were of Human kind.

Among the folk of Haleth there lived a strange people different from any other kind that the Eldar in Beleriand or the Atani had ever seen before. They were not many, maybe a few hundreds, though they were living apart in families or small tribes. They lived in friendship, as members of the same community, and the people of Haleth called them Drûgs. Men and Elves thought they were not lovely to look at: they had wide faces with deep-set, dark (almost black) eyes and heavy brows, flat noses, and wide mouths. The Drûgs were about 4 feet high but very broad, with heavy buttocks and short thick legs. The voices of the Drûgs were deep and guttural but their laughter was a surprise; it was rich and rolling, and set all who heard it to laughing for its pure merriment. They could be relentless enemies and they fought in silence. Once aroused their wrath was slow to cool, though it showed no sign save the red light in their eyes.

The Eldar called them Drúedain and counted them to the rank of the Atani, for they was much loved while they lasted, because they were not long lived, they were very few in numbers and their losses was heavy in their feud with the Orcs. When the victories of Morgoth destroyed the realms and strongholds of Men and Elves in Beleriand they had dwindled to only some few families, mostly of women and children who came to the last refuges at the Mouth of Sirion

It is explicitly noted that the Drúedains who lived among the people of Haleth in Brethil were emigrants and that most of the Drúedains had remained in the White Mountains.

The Drúedains were in the First age much sought after: they had great skill as trackers, using their scent like hounds. They could smell an Orc further away than men could see them and follow its scent for weeks. Their knowledge of all growing things was equal to that of the Elves, and it is said that if removed to a new country they knew within a short time all things that grew there and what was poisonous and what could be used as food.

The Drúedain had great skills in carving wood or stone: they drew pictures and patterns on wood and stone and with proper tools they delighted in carving figures of men and beast to which the most skilled could give vivid semblance of life. Some of these figures served as watch-stones and the Drûgs were able to hold communication with them. ( Ut )

Late in the Third age they were only found in Drúadan-Forest in Anorien but their homeland was Drúawaith Iaur West of Ered Nimrais were also those of Halet's people who never crossed the Blue mountains still remained, they lived in the great Southern Forest but had to retreat when the First age came to an end and the great wave took the larger part of their homeland. There would probably have been some few scattered families left in the Second age but if they weren't driven out or killed in the War between Elves and Sauron the last must have perished during the long winter when the Southrons came up with a fleet to Isen in Third Age 2758 or if not then, then under the great floods devastating Minhiriath, Enedwaith and Drúwaith Iaur in 2912.

The few families Drûgs who made it to the Mouth of Sirion in the end of the First age were permitted, if they so wished, to travel to Númenorë. It is told that some did while others sought their original home back in Drúwaith Iaur. Those who came to Númenorë lived there for a while but as the faith of Men weakened and the Shadow of Númenorë sneaked into the hearts of men the Drûgs senced it and they began to seek and beg of room in ships departing for journeys to Middle-earth. In the last days of Númenorë and when Sauron came there were no Drûgs left and they had all departed.