In the Hobbit movie, Radagast has a sleigh that is pulled by rabbits. At one point he says something along these lines to Gandalf:

These are ??? rabbits! I'd like to see them try (to catch me)

What kind of rabbits are they, and where in Middle-Earth/the Tolkien universe do they fit in?


They are Rhosgobel rabbits, but they are an entirely original concept that appears in the movie alone.

Rhosgobel, anyway, is where Radagast lives.

Radagast lived for much of his time in Middle-earth at Rhosgobel in the Vales of Anduin, on the western eaves of Mirkwood, between Carrock and the Old Forest Road, near the Gladden Fields, its name deriving from Sindarin rhosc gobel meaning "brown village".1

Mirkwood is this forest. The Misty Mountains are on the left (the Shire being farther in the West) and the Lonely Mountain on the right. Going South, you'd see Rohan, Gondor and Mordor.

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1: Tolkien, J. R. R. (1980), Christopher Tolkien, Unfinished Tales. See this Wikipedia note.

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    Rhosgobel is mentioned in The Fellowship of the Ring also. At the council of Elrond, Gandalf says: "Not far from Bree I came upon a traveller sitting on a bank beside the road with his grazing horse beside him. It was Radagast the Brown, who at one time dwelt at Rhosgobel, near the borders of Mirkwood." Later it is said that some of the scouts sent out by Elrond "had climbed the pass at the source of the Gladden River, and had come down into Wilderland and over the Gladden fields and so at length had reached the old home of Radagast at Rhosgobel". – Boann Aug 28 '14 at 13:09

The line is "These are Rhosgobel Rabbits, I'd like to see them try!" Rhosgobel is the old home of Radagast the Brown. The house is said to have been located between the Carrock and the Old Forest Road, on the western borders of Mirkwood as per the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as well as Unfinished Tales. The rabbits themselves where added for the movie version and do not show up in Tolkien's works.

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  • I heard "Ruskavel" instead of "Rhosgobel." I am not as much as a LOTR geek as most but my hearing is ok :P – user15969 Jul 14 '13 at 21:53

I think the line is Rustabel rabbits and I think I may recall something of them from one of the other books, whether it was the Silmarillian, or the last Adventures, I couldn't tell you, but I do remember that name Rustabel rabbits from one of Tolkiens other works.

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    No, it's "Rhosgobel" and this is confirmed by the subtitles on the DVD (not to mention that Rhosgobel is where Radagast lives in LotR canon). – user8719 Dec 26 '13 at 12:13

The line is actually "these are ruskavel rabbits I would like to see them try" I have watched the film 5 times so I know it's right

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    IMDB says "Rhosgobel rabbits", and in the books "Rhosgobel" is where Radagast lives. How sure are you that you heard it correctly, and why? – Keith Thompson Dec 21 '13 at 22:02
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    @John - If you watch the DVD with subtitles on you'll clearly see that it is actually "Rhosgobel". I'm sorry but you are wrong. – user8719 Dec 22 '13 at 12:45
  • The word is spoken so quickly but once so it's like listening to song lyrics, people hear it differently and keep that version until corrected. 'Louie, Loueye' is a trial of interpretation as an example. – Ihor Sypko Dec 26 '13 at 18:44

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