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Dates
Probably dated from some time in the Second Age1
Location
Beside the road that led up from Harrowdale to the mountain hold of Dunharrow
Origins
Created by the Men of the Mountains
Race
Culture
Made by the Men of the Mountains to represent Drúedain; later fell within the realm of the Rohirrim
Settlements
Associated with Dunharrow
Pronunciation
poo'kel-men
Meaning
Related to Old English púcel, meaning a devil or sprite

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  • Updated 22 February 2015
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Púkel-men

Ancient watchers of the Dunharrow road

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The ancient carved images, thought to be of Woses or Drúedain, that lined the road to Dunharrow in the White Mountains.


Notes

1

Dating the Púkel-men is extremely difficult. Our best indication is a draft text (in volume 8 of The History of Middle-earth) stating that Dunharrow was built during the Dark Years (that is, sometime in the Second Age). This would make the Púkel-men at least three thousand years old at the time of the War of the Ring, and very possibly a great deal older.

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