Forests in rohan?

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lra ranya 14/Oct/2006 at 10:09 PM
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forgive me if this has been asked before, but by looking at the maps of middle earth that tolkien provided it would seem that rohan is entirely made of small rolling hills and open plains, and no woods except fangorn, but in a RPG post by Falswen Nuinost leading me to believe that there are woods around Meduseld, yet I dont remember such a statement in the book, and since Falswen has been a member so much longer than me, I want to know if such woods are in fact
There or was it a mistake.

geordie 15/Oct/2006 at 06:03 AM
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looking at the maps of middle earth that tolkien provided it would seem that rohan is entirely made of small rolling hills and open plains

There are woods in Rohan, of course; the Dimholt around the Dwimorberg at Dunharrow; and Everholt [where Folca, one of the kings of Rohan was killed by the Great Boar of Everholt]. Everholt is part of the great forest caled the Firienwood, on the border of Rohan and Gondor.
Endril 15/Oct/2006 at 10:02 AM
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Rohan was mostly a great plain with small hislls but there were some small parts of it that were covered with forests. Still I don’t know if any woods would be located in or near Edoras. On my map there is no piece of wood near Edoras, just mountains.
Durin of Moria 16/Oct/2006 at 11:08 PM
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Perharps there is wood at first before the Rphirrim came, but when they came, they cut down the forest to allow their horses to pass their land easier.
Earendin 18/Oct/2006 at 12:21 PM
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Durin of Moria:I do not think that the Men of Rohan cut down the trees.Since in Rohan there are few trees except from Fangorn they would perserve any tree or a bunch of them like a treasure since in their country there are few.They would not cut them down in any case.
Norin Deathfoot 29/Oct/2006 at 05:15 PM
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Earendin: I think they would cut them down for such essential matters such as building buildings, and for firewood. I do think they wouldn’t cut trees don’t unnecessarily though.

Just because on the maps there are no more forests marked in, does not mean that there are no small patches of trees methinks. At least, when I look at a modern map of England, the woods near my grandparents house aren’t on there, but they are most definitely there. (Probably not big enough to be counted as a wood, but it sure looks big! when you walk around inside!)

Oin 14/Nov/2006 at 05:29 PM
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Durin of Moria: The only time when any of Rohan was covered by trees so far as we know was sometime during the First Age, when a squirrel could go from Fangorn to the Old Forest and back without ever touching the ground. But that would only mean that northern Rohan and Dunland were covered, so there is nothing to suggest that the rest of Rohan was, aside from the places geordie mentioned. Also, though, the Emyn Muil was forested - while technically this is not in Rohan, it is still worth noting.
Kaos the Gold 16/Nov/2006 at 04:44 AM
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Of course, small forests or woods would cover some of the rolling plains or the villages wouln’t have a bountiful and constant source of timber and fuel.  Also they’d need the wood to make saddles, spears and shields and other such weapons.