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One of the many ethnicities of Men, the name Drughu (singular: Drûg) was given to themselves by this strange and enigmatic people[1]; its meaning is not known.[2]

The Drughu (Dn."Puchael") were an enigmatic race of Wild Men. Some scholars believed them to be akin to Orcs while others assume their race must have escaped from Morgoth's experiments in some way. Drûgs and Orcs, however, must have shared a common history in some way - hence their deeply inherited hatred and enmity against each other.

In the First Age, some groups of Drughu had joined the fathers of men (or Edain) who had escaped from the Eastern Lands and had entered the Westlands. Some of these, the Halethrim, entered Beleriand in company of their Drû friends. These Drughu were considered part of the House of Haleth, and came to be known as the Drúedain. Their late descendants near the borders of Rohan were called Woses, or "Wudu-Wasa", by the Rohirrim.

The language of the Drûgs was known as Drûghic or (in MERP) “Pûkael”, or “Drúedainic” in other sources. Tolkien himself apparently used “Druadan”[3] (amended to “Drúadan” in the second edition).

Other names

Drû (S, sing.), Drû-folk, Drúath (S, pl.), Drúadan/Drúedain[4] (S, sing./pl.), Drûg-folk, Drûgs, Drúin (S, pl.), Oghor-hai[5], Púkel-men, Róg/Rógin[6] (sing./pl.), /Rúatan (Q, sing.), Rúatani (Q, pl.), Wild Men of the Woods, Wose(s)[7]

Drûghic peoples

Drughu of Renown

See also


  1. From this endonym Drughu, the Sindarin language seems to have adopted drû as a word meaning 'wild' or 'untamed', apparently by association with these Wild Men. It is not known whether this was the meaning of Drughu in the language of the Drúedain themselves, though this seems rather unlikely.
  2. Drughu at the encyclopedia of Arda
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalam­beron XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 99 (2007).
  4. This name, given by the Elves of Beleriand, seems to refer only to those Drughu who lived among the Edain.
  5. Name given by Orcs, probably in Black Speech, col. pl.
  6. "Róg/Rógin" represent the actual words used by the Rohirrim that is usually translated into archaic English as 'wose(s)'.
  7. Name given by the Rohirrim, seems to refer only to the tribe(s) living in Drúadan Forest in the late Third Age.