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Dates
Uncertain, but apparently founded before c. III 1300
Location
On the edge of the Chetwood, to the east of Bree
Races
Culture
Pronunciation
a'rchet
Meaning
From Old English ar-cæt, meaning 'forest's edge'

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Archet

Forest village of Bree-land

Map of Archet
Map showing Archet in the Bree-land (somewhat conjectural)1
Map showing Archet in the Bree-land (somewhat conjectural)1

The most remote of the settlements of the Bree-land, a village set among the trees on the edge of the Chetwood, somewhat to the east of Bree itself. When Aragorn and the Hobbits left Bree on their journey to Rivendell, they started out in the direction of Archet to fool the crowd of watching Bree-landers, although they turned aside into the Chetwood before reaching the village itself.

Later in the War of the Ring, the woods around Archet became the abode of ruffians and robbers from the south. During the winter, these Men attempted an invasion of Bree itself, but were fought back. Their accomplices among the Bree-men, Harry Goatleaf and Bill Ferny, escaped with them, and apparently joined them in their forest camps near Archet.


Notes

1

No map shows precisely where Archet lay, but we do have some useful descriptions. We know that it lay eastward of Bree and northward of the East Road, beyond the village of Combe. Its name means 'forest's edge', and indeed it's explicitly described as being in the fringes of the Chetwood (we also know that it was hidden by the trees to one on the road from Bree, emphasising that it must have been built within the forest). Extrapolating from these references, Archet must have lain fairly close to the point marked here.

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