Might the cellars that the Mewlips inhabit be the ruins of the old forest roads city?
The poem about the Mewlips is perhaps one of Tolkiens most interesting poems, as it gives us details from the red book that appear no-where else. The descriptions of the Mountains of Merlock, the marshes of Tode and the Merlocks cellars are both unique, and fit perfectly with the marshes and perhaps ruins at the end of the old forest road.

It is very likely that there was a city, or burg, or port there in the days of old Rhovanion. Or perhaps even later, into the rule of Smaug under the Mountain? Maybe t was a tradig partner with the older, Greater Esgaroth on the shore?

The Mewlips are cited in the poem to live in dark cellars, decorated with gargoyles in where they count their gold. This would fit very well with the idea that it was an old port-town, because where else is there to store your treasure then deep dark cellars? The mewlips themselves might even be Goblins? Beorn states that the road is rarely used by many other then them. Perhaps we have found an old citt in the Marshes of Tode?

What do you think? What would be a fitting name? I like Todeoth (Tode-burg) as it might share the same naming pattern as Esgaroth (Shore-burg)

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Might the cellars that the Mewlips inhabit be the ruins of the old forest roads city? - by Darnokthemage - November 19th, 2019, 11:01 PM

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