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Men

 

Northmen - The Men most native to Ennor itself; white-skinned, Caucasian-type ancestors of the European nations.

                                                Lossoth - The “snowmen”.  The people of the far north, who lived much of the time in snow.  Not much is known about them other than in passing mention.

                                                Edain - The people of northwestern Ennor.  This group includes the Men of Eriador and Númenor.  The Edain were the first Men met by Eldar, and the two races were friendly with one another, with the exception of the Black Númenoreans.

                                                                        Númenoreans - A highly skilled and long-lived people, led first by Elros Peredhel who Chose humanity.  They were great mariners and sailed from Beleriand to an island midway between Ennor and Aman, where they settled and grew into a prosperous and powerful nation.  For some time during the Second Age Númenor and the Eldar, especially the Noldor and Teleri, were great allies.  However, in the end pride was the downfall of this people, as most of them were swayed by Morgoth into first denying Eru, then later led into idolatry and finally direct worship of the Evil One.  In Eru’s wrath, He caused the entire island to be cast into the sea, but not before warning those who still followed Him.  After this, the Eldar gave Númenor the name Atalantë, or “downfallen”.  Based upon the phonetical similarity, it is most likely from Númenor that the legend of Atlantis comes.

                                                                                                Black Númenoreans - The darkened Men who followed Morgoth, and did horrible things in his name.

                                                                                                Corsairs - A remnant of the descendants of the Black Númenoreans who were not on the island when it sank.  They settled in Umbar and ever after served Morgoth and Sauron as a dark sea power, until their destruction during the War of the Ring.

                                                                                                Elendili - Those who followed the lord Elendil, who did not listen to Morgoth and did not turn to evil.  These Men remained friends to the Eldar and fought against the Black Númenoreans, but not all of them followed Eru to the point of listening to Him or the Valar, either.  Those who did, however, escaped Númenor’s destruction and became a power in Northern Eriador, also known as Arnor, and some also traveled south, lending their blood and its gifts to a few noted houses of Gondor, as well as skill in engineering great cities and amenities such as plumbing.

                                                                                                Dúnedain - The descendants, especially by the Third Age, of the Elendili of Arnor.  By the late T.A. their numbers are comparatively few and their way of life simple and rather close to the land, but they still hold the lands along the northern Misty Mountains and are close allies with the Eldarin sanctuary Imladris.  Many of the males are Rangers, a rather secretive and not-always-trusted company who wander singly or in pairs throughout Ennor, defending against darkness and getting involved in solving local problems.

                                                Gondorrim - A combination of a strong, steady folk with traces of Númenorean bloodlines, the people of Gondor were once the most widespread and powerful nation in Ennor, of any race.  Their birthplace and center of power lay to the south, west of Mordor, and they were often the first to fight against Sauron’s forces there.  The base stock of the Gondorrim was a strong-minded and rather true-hearted group of Men who had always fought darkness, but it was when they were united under the influence of Elendili who had wandered south that they became a force to be reckoned with.  At their height, their kingdom spread over most of Ennor, including Arnor of the Elendili, although that area was a sister nation rather than conquered.  However, that same Númenorean blood became the downfall of the great combined kingdoms, when Elendil the king died at the end of the Second Age and pride led his son Isildur to claim the One Ring as his own.  Arnor fell, and Gondor retreated to its own affairs.  After that, the line of kings dwindled and finally the land was ruled by Stewards, until Aragorn (thought-dead heir, raised in Imladris and Dúnedain Ranger by trade) claimed the throne after the War of the Ring, with not only a throwback Númenorean heritage behind him but also the power of the Eldar.

                                                Rohirrim - A people of the same stock as the first Gondorrim but without the Númenorean influences, who formed a quite different culture.  The land of Rohan lies to the north and west of Gondor, and the wide plains and rolling hills of the area have bred in the Rohirrim a great love of freedom.  They are a relatively simple folk, with not much wealth nor the same amenities as the Gondorrim, but they are keen of mind and proud.  The people live not in great cities but mostly in rather agrarian villages dotted across the land, with the exception of the capital “city” (more like a large town) of Edoras.  The Rohirrim are horsemen and horsewomen of the highest caliber, and their culture revolves muchly around their horses.  They are the only group of people in Ennor to allow women to fight in battle (other than perhaps the Khazâd but no one is certain about them).

                                                Rhovannin - This is a general term to describe the Men of the area known as Rhovannion, which includes the lands east of the Misty Mountains and surrounding (but not including) Greenwood.  There is no one single group here; rather the humans of this region live in self-governing towns.  For the most part they are no warriors, their lives revolving around everyday life such as farming, fishing, some trading, and raising animals.  They are generally a simple and straight-forward-minded, usually goodhearted folk (although there have been some greedy exceptions), but many of them are distrustful of other races such as the Eldar or Khazâd .

                                                                        Beornings - A noted group of Rhovannin who lived about the Ford of Carrock.  They were woodsmen, fierce and large in stature, who made it their business to guard the Ford and the High Passes from orcs and wargs.  They aided in the battle of Five Armies and also fought in the War of the Ring.

                                                Dunlendings (I) - A people of the Second Age, said to be tall, slender, and dark-haired, who held the valleys below the White Mountains.  They had relations with few other peoples and were rather a mystery to the rest of Ennor, except that they were known for building great fortresses of stone and were rumored to keep much knowledge and have access to powerful magics.  For unknown reasons, however, this secretive civilization fell and disappeared, until all that was left of them was some scattered ruins and legends.

 

Wildmen

                                                Dunlendings (II) - Not the same people as above, but a quite different group who claimed the same lands in the Third Age.  Nomadic and rather barbaric herdsmen, these Dunlendings were quick to anger and long to hold a grudge.  In fact, a grudge held against Rohan about lands that had been claimed away by that nation was kept for centuries, until Saruman used it in the War of the Ring to send the Dunlendings out to pillage and burn Rohan’s villages.  They swore an oath in blood to serve the darkened wizard, and were destroyed along with him.

                                                Drúath - The “woses”, “wild-men”.  The best-known example of this unusual people are the woodland hunters who hid deep in the Druadan Forest next to Ithilien, and aided in part in the War of the Ring by fighting Orcs near their home.  A larger, main group of the same people, however, lives on the plains south of Enedwaith that are known as the Drúwaith.  A tribal people, the Drúath are short, powerful Men who avoid other races and peoples and roam their lands barely-dressed, preferring a primitive life to any other.  They seemingly disappeared somewhere in the Fourth Age, or learned to finally blend in.

 

Southmen

                                                Easterlings - Not much is known about this group, only that their lands were known as Rhfn and that Sauron twisted some of them to his will.  They are most likely of the East Indian / West Asian type.

                                                Variags - The people of what was known then as Near Harad, and now as the Middle East.  From this group came the ancestors of all Men.  However, the only Variags to enter Ennor after the first early migration were under Sauron’s command, and therefore all were mistrusted.

                        Haradrim - The dark-skinned natives of Far Harad, now known as Africa.  They                            rarely journeyed north on their own; rather, most Haradrim seen in Ennor were                            slaves and/or trainers of oliphaunts.