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Colonies of Númenór
Background Information
Type Federal Monarchy
Location Middle Earth
Realms colonies of Numenor
Capital capital of Numenor(early) Annúminas(later)
Founded/Built before S.A. 3320
Ruler Kings of Numenor(early) House of Elendil(later) as High King of Gondor and Arnor
Other Information
Summary Founded to dominate the shores of Middle-earth( early)Númenórean Realm in Exile,Founded after the Fall of Númenor and became the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor(later)
Other names Numenorean colonies( early),Realms of the Dúnedain in Exile(later)
Inhabitants Numenoreans(early) Dúnedain and Lesser Dúnedain (later )
Spoken Languages Westron
Lifespan Reunited Kingdom by FO 1
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History of Gondor and Arnor (S.A.3320- FO 1) Edit

Second AgeEdit

The Númenóreans were forbidden by the Valar from sailing so far westward that Númenor was no longer visible, for fear that they would come upon the Undying Lands, from which Men were barred. Over time the Númenóreans came to resent the Ban of the Valar and to rebel against their authority, seeking the everlasting life that they believed was begrudged them. They tried to compensate for this by going eastward and colonizing large parts of Middle-earth, first in a friendly way, beginning with Tar-Aldarion. The first ships sailed from Númenor to Middle-earth in the year 600.

The Númenóreans established several settlements in Middle-earth, such as Tharbad and Vinyalondë. They contacted the indigenous people, teaching them several crafts, instructed them and helped free them from the Shadow. About SA 1200 they established permanent settlements like Pelargir and Umbar.These and other Númenórean Colonies would make up the realms in exile.

Pelargir overview
Haven of Pelargir
Background Information
Type Harbour/City
Location South Gondor on the banks of the Anduin south of Minas Tirith.
Realms Númenor

Gondor Reunited Kingdom

Founded/Built S.A. 2350
Ruler King of Númenor, Kings of Gondor/Ruling Stewards of Gondor, Kings of the Reunited Kingdom
Other Information
Summary Known for being an important harbour of built by The Faithful Númenóreans and then the Dúnedain realm of Gondor.
Other names
Inhabitants Faithful Númenóreans, Men of Gondor
Spoken Languages Westron
Lifespan SA 2350 - Fourth Age

Pelargir Edit

The great port of Gondor, Pelargir, was one of the first settlements of the Númenóreans founded in Middle-earth during the Second Age.

It was located above the delta of Anduin river south of the White Mountains.


Pelargir was built in S.A. 2350 as a haven of the Faithful.[2] The King's Men established havens farther South.[3] It had in its early days been a city only a few miles away from the coasts, but after the Downfall of Númenor the coasts along the Bay of Belfalas had retreated a great distance and the city was left far inland.During the years of Númenor's fall it became the chief haven of the Faithful as they migrated to escape the persecution they faced from the King's Men.

The Realms in Exile Edit

After the Downfall of Númenor in II 3319, the Great Sea cast up a handful of survivors on the shores of Middle-earth. These were Elendil and his sons Isildur and Anárion, who had fled from the port of Rómenna and were aboard ship when Númenor was swallowed by the Sea.

Just a few people, the Faithful, still uncorrupted by Sauron managed to escape the catastrophe; they fled Númenor by ship, carrying some gifts that the Dúnedain had received from the Valar and the Elves in times of peace. These were the Palantíri, the Ring of Barahir, the Sceptre of Annúminas, Narsil and a fruit of Nimloth the Fair stolen by Isildur. They were led by Elendil the Tall and his two sons, Isildur and Anárion.

They landed in Middle-earth and met the colonists who were in the settlements of those lands among the Middle Men; the followers of Elendil united them by establishing two kingdoms which came to be known as as the realms of Exile: Gondor in the south, and Arnor in the north. The culture of Númenor became the dominant culture of Middle-earth (thus, Westron, a descendant of the Adûnaic language of Númenor, became the Common Speech). The sadness and the shock from the loss of their island home always remained in the hearts of Kings of Númenórean descent.

Ted Nasmith - The Ships of the Faithful

The Ships of the Faithful Númenóreans

Meanwhile some of the King's Men had established other realms in exile to the south; of these the Haven of Umbar was the chief and continued to reign the lands there. These were known as Black Númenóreans.

Faithful Númenórean Edit

Elendil during the Last Alliance
Faithful Númenóreans
Name Númenóreans
Dominions Númenór(early) Arnor and Gondor( later)
Languages Adûnaic, Western and Sindarin
Height Nine and seven feet tall
Skin Color Fair, brown, dark
Hair Color Black, brown, blonde, grey or white (in later years)
Lifespan 150-180 years of average except Kings of the Dúnadan live longer
Distinctions Mortality
Members Amandil, Tar-Palantir, Elendil

The Faithful (Q. Elendili, A. Nimruzîrim, both terms meaning "Elf-friends") were those among the Númenóreans who remained loyal to the will of the Valar throughout the history of Númenor, and turned aside from the policies of the later Kings of Númenor and the King's Men. Being the opposing party, the King's Men composed of the majority of the people, especially in the later part of the Second Age, while the Faithful were a far smaller and increasingly oppressed group. The Faithful lived mostly on the west side of Númenor until Ar-Gimilzôr the twenty-third King commanded them to move eastwards near Rómenna.

History Edit


High King Elendil

The Faithful became a party distinct from the King's Men during the reign of Tar-Ancalimon the fourteenth King, and insisted in keeping the old customs of their people. In later days, the Faithful looked to the Lords of Andúnië for guidance; held in high esteem by all the Númenóreans, the Lords kept their connection with the Faithful a secret for a long time, because they wished to use their power in the King's Council to steer the Kings to wiser courses of action. Nevertheless, the rulers of the isle became increasingly antagonistic to all those who were recognized to be members of the minority party.

Like the King's Men, the Faithful also made settlements in Middle-earth, most notably Pelargir, but unlike the trends of those days, the Faithful did not seek to subjugate the natives of the Great Lands. Because of the coldness between the two parties, the Faithful built Pelargir far away from the colonies of the King's Men, which were a great distance to the south. The Faithful also sailed northwards to Lindon to converse with the Elves there.

Treatment by the Later Kings of Númenor Edit

The Kings of Númenor looked upon the Faithful and their continuing friendship with the Elves with increasing suspicion; they banned the use of the Eldarin tongues and eventually moved the Elf-friends to the east of the island so that they could no longer communicate with these "spies of the Valar". The Kings even kept them under surveillance to make sure they did nothing subversive. The situation of the Faithful only became more bearable when Tar-Palantir, the son of Ar-Gimilzôr who was the greatest enemy of the Elf-friends, attempted to repent of the past actions of the Kings. He treated the Faithful kindly and allowed them to speak the Elven tongues again. But Tar-Palantir's rule was only a minor break in what would become an increasingly cruel policy of oppression, for his nephew seized the Sceptre after his death and proclaimed himself King Ar-Pharazôn.

Ar-Pharazôn did not immediately begin harassing the Faithful after he was secure in power; his attention was chiefly on Sauron, who had begun to assail the settlements of the Númenóreans. Seeing that he could not defeat the Númenóreans by arms, Sauron decided to corrupt them to their destruction. The King brought Sauron to Númenor as a hostage, and it was then that the worst of the Faithful's misfortunes befell them.

It was not long before Sauron had used his power to turn the hearts of most of the Númenóreans towards his counsels, and he told them that by using human sacrifices to worship Melkor, they could escape death. Naturally, "it was most often from among the Faithful" that the Númenóreans chose their victims for these sacrifices. They never said that they killed the Faithful for not worshiping Melkor, however; instead the Númenóreans accused them of plotting against the King and the rest of the people of the land.

Escape from the Downfall Edit

This cruel treatment lasted several decades until Ar-Pharazôn grew old and was in great fear of the approaching end of his life. Therefore he listened to Sauron's suggestion that he gather a massive Armament and sail to Aman, land of the Valar, to claim everlasting life. When Amandil the last Lord of Andúnië heard this news, he knew that the Númenóreans would surely come to ruinous defeat in war against the Valar, and so he decided to make a preemptive voyage into the West to beg them for mercy and deliverance from Sauron. Before he left, he advised his son Elendil to furnish nine ships and anchor them off the east coast of Númenor and wait for what would happen next. After he sailed west, Amandil was never heard from again, but by taking his advice, Elendil and his sons survived the disastrous Downfall of Númenor that was the result of Ar-Pharazôn's war. A mighty wind took their ships eastward and swept them onto the shores of Middle-earth. There they set up the realms of Arnor and Gondor. These kingdoms were populated by both the descendants of the Faithful and indigenous Men of Middle-earth.

Fornost Edit

Fornost had long been the largest and busiest city north of Tharbad. It was the Capital of Arthedain and home to the line of Númenorean Kings of Arnor. During the mid Third Age, it was assailed and taken by the Witch King of Angmar. It was then burned and sacked. Later, it was named Deadman's Dyke, and was one of the few remaining Dúnedain settlements.Fornost and the Dúnedain army of Arnor

Ships Edit

The Númenóreans were the first of the Mannish sea powers and they were used to colonise Middle-earth. After the Downfall of Númenór, it was passed on to the Dúnedain living in exile in Middle-earth of which Gondor was the most powerful for a time.

The Ship-kings was a title given to the great King Tarannon Falastur and his three successors: Eärnil I, Ciryandil and Hyarmendacil I.

  • Tarannon Falastur (T.A. 830-913)
  • Eärnil I (T.A. 913-936)
  • Ciryandil (T.A. 936-1015)
  • Ciryaher Hyarmendacil I (T.A. 1015-1149)

Last of the Ship-Kings. In the reign of the powerful king, Hyarmendacil I (c. 12th century TA) Gondor reached the height of its power. During Hyarmendacil's reign, Gondor's borders reached their furthest extent. The Kingdom extended east to the Sea of Rhûn, south to the nearest lands of the Haradrim, as far north as Mirkwood, and west towards the borders of Arnor.

Capital of the Realms in Exile after the Fall of Númenor Edit

Their great cities were at Annúminas on Nenuial, and Fornost on the North Downs, and they thus established a realm that came to be known as Arnor, 'land of the King', because High King Elendil dwelt there by Lake Evendim.nnúminas was once the capital city of the Kingdom of Arnor. It was located in the land of Evendim ("evening twilight") along the southern shores of Nenuial (also known as Lake Evendim), the origin of the Brandywine River. The city was home to the Kings of Arnor and was founded by High King Elendil himself. It was the first capital of the chief Palantír of the North.


Docks and Street in Annúminas

Númenórean army in exile Edit


Numenorean Cavalry

Elendil and Númenórean army in exile during the Last Alliance

Elendil's sons Isildur and Anárion were driven southwards by the Sea, and found their way at last up through the Mouths of Anduin into the Great River in a region where a great Númenórean port, Pelargir, had stood for centuries. They founded their own southern realm in this region, named Gondor, 'land of stone', for the great feats of stonework they performed. Their main city was named Osgiliath, built on the river on which they had entered their new land, but each of the brothers also had a fortress of their own: Minas Ithil for Isildur and Minas Anor for Anárion.

In these early days Elendil's sons in the South-kingdom of Gondor acknowledged the overlordship of their father, the High King in the North. If history had proceeded otherwise than it did, the two realms would have remained joined in this way, with Isildur succeeding Elendil to rule as High King over both the Kingdoms of the Dúnedain. Isildur did indeed succeed, but his loss at the Disaster of the Gladden Fields caused a division between the two realms. At that time Isildur's nephew Meneldil became King of Gondor in his own right, and the two kingdoms would remain separate.

Dúnedain of the North Edit

Background Information
Type Town
Location Arda
Realms Eriador
Founded/Built Dúnedain
Ruler Chieftain of the Dúnedain
Other Information
Summary Town for Arnorian (Dúnedain of Arnor) Refugees
Other names
Inhabitants Human (Dúnedain)
Spoken Languages
After the fall of Arnor and then Arthedain, some of the northern Dúnedain became the Rangers of the North. The surviving Dúnedainic population of Arnor retreated to the Angle south of Rivendell.Taurdal was a large town that was constructed by the Dúnedain in the land of Eriador in Middle-earth.

The Reunited Kingdom Edit


throne of the Reunited Kingdom

Reunited Kingdom
Reunited Kingdom
Background Information
Type Federal Monarchy
Location Middle-earth
Realms Gondor and Arnor
Capital Annuminas
Founded/Built [SA 3320-FO 1
Ruler High King

Council of Gondor

Other Information
Summary Númenórean Realm in Exile, Reunited after the War of the Ring FO 1
Other names
Inhabitants Dúnedain, lesser Dúnedain and middle-men
Spoken Languages western
Lifespan [SA 3320-FO 1
The Reunited Kingdom (also called the Two Kingdoms[3]) was the restored kingdom of Arnor and Gondor, the twin kingdoms founded at the end of the Second Age by Elendil and his sons Isildur and Anárion. In the beginning, Elendil was High King of both realms, but the two were divided after the deaths of his sons. More than a thousand years later, after the War of the Ring, Arvedui's direct descendant Aragorn

came forward to make the same claim. This time, the people of Gondor accepted a High King, and the Two Kingdoms were reunited at last. Like his ancestor Elendil before him, Aragorn took up his rule from the North-kingdom, but he travelled throughout his wide lands. The Shire was an exception to this, and though it lay within the Reunited Kingdom, Aragorn made a law that Men should not enter it, a law that he observed himself. Though his seat was in the north, Minas Tirith and the South-kingdom remained important, to the extent that he

travelled there at the end of his life, and his tomb was among the houses of the dead beneath Mount Mindolluin. After Aragorn's death, his son Eldarion took up the High Kingship, and the Reunited Kingdom endured for many years under the new King and his descendants.

Harlond (Minas Tirith) Edit

Harbor of Harlond (Minas Tirith)
Background Information
Type Harbor
Location West bank of Anduin a few miles south of Minas Tirith
Realms Gondor
Capital Minas Tirith( in the South)

Annuminas( in the North)

Ruler King of Gondor

Ruling Steward Kings of the Reunited Kingdom

Other Information
Summary The quays and docks for river traffic to Minas Tirith
Other names
Inhabitants Men (lesser Dúnedain) of Gondor
Spoken Languages Western
Lifespan T.A. 3019 - FO 1
Harlond was the port and docks of the city of Minas Tirith, used by river traffic from the southern regions of Gondor. It lay 3-4 miles[1] to the south of the city, where its fortifications ran alongside the great outlying wall of the Rammas Echor.[2] On 15 March T.A. 3019[3] Aragorn and his followers in the fleet from the south landed at Harlond and swept north into the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.The Harlond was the port of Minas Tirith, just outside and south of the Pelennor and the wall of the Rammas Echor where it runs along the Anduin river.

Etymology Edit

The Sindarin[5] name Harlond means means "Southhaven".[6]

Portrayal in adaptations Edit

2015: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Harlond was considered part of Lossarnach, in the Eastern Gondor region. In the days before the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, it was seized and blockaded by Morgul-orcs.

High King of the Dúnedain Edit


crown of the Reunited Kingdom

The Kings of Arnor and Gondor, are decendants of Amandil, and from the Lords of Andúnië, and also from there to the Kings of Númenor.

High King was a title used by the Dúnedain for their ultimate ruler. Normally, "High King" would refer to a king who ruled over other lesser kings and lords, but this is not necessarily the case with the High King of the Dúnedain. The more common use of the title, though, came at the end of the Second Age, with the establishment of the Realms in Exile in Middle-earth. In their earliest years, the Two Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor fell under the ultimate rule of one man, Elendil, who dwelt in Arnor as the High King. The South-kingdom of Gondor was ruled jointly by his sons, but only under his suzerainty.With Elendil's loss in the Siege of Barad-dûr, his elder son Isildur inherited the High Kingship. Isildur ruled for only two years, though, before he too was lost in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields. More than three thousand years were to pass before Aragorn reunited Elendil's realms. In doing so, as the direct descendant of Isildur, as well as Anárion, through many generations, he also resurrected the High Kingship.

High Kings of the Dúnedain of Arnor and Gondor Edit

House of TelcontarEdit

House of
House of Bëor
Kings of
Lords of
Kings of Arnor
Kings of Gondor
Kings of
Chieftains of
the Dúnedain
Arathorn II
Aragorn II



Inhabitants Edit

Elgarain Sword
Name High Men

Dúnadan( Faithful Númenóreans)

Dominions Colonies of Númenór (early)Gondor and Arnor(Later)
Languages Westron,Sindarin, Adûnaic
Height Nine and seven feet
Skin Color Fair, brown, dark
Hair Color Black, brown, blonde, grey or white (in later years)
Lifespan 150-180 years of average except Kings of the Dúnadan live longer
Distinctions Mortality
Members Elgarain,king Aragorn II Elessar

The Númenóreans who were from their island kingdom (Númenor) and came to Eriador in Middle-earth, They are also called the Men of the West and the Men of Westernesse (direct translations of the Sindarin term).The early Numeorean colonized mixed-blooded common people (usually middle-men). The the children of who came from this became known as "lesser Númenóreans" or Tergil.

The Term Dúnedain designated the "Edain of the West", were the the Men of Númenor and their descendants who peopled Middle-earth in the Second and Third, Ages.

Some Númenóreans had settled around the haven of Pelargir, but others, who belonged to the Faithful, fled Númenor just before its destruction, led by Elendil and his sons.

Rangers used a variety of weapons to achieve victory in battles. Non-canonical information hints that they preferred bows and archery as their primary weapons, though this is not always the case (Aragorn, for example, used a sword). They also used swords to engage in close combat if necessary. The Dúnedain mainly rely on stealth as an advantage rather than an actual face-to-face confrontation. It is also hinted that their battle skill was greater than that of a standard Gondorian soldier or archer.

The Dúnedain formed the Realms in Exile of Arnor and Gondor, around the Middle Men who were ruled by Númenórean lords. Originally ruled by the High King of the Dúnedain, they were divided as the Dúnedain of Arnor and the Dúnedain of Gondor. Their lords and rulers communicated and surveyed their realms with the seven Palantíri they brought from Númenor, distributed around their lands. After the fall of Arnor and then Arthedain, some of the northern Dúnedain became the Rangers of the North. The surviving Dúnedainic population of Arnor retreated to the Angle south of Rivendell.

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lesser Dúnedain
Name Men
Dominions Colonies of Númenór(early)Gondor and Arnor(later)
Languages Westron and Sindarin
Height 6 feet
Skin Color Fair, brown, dark
Hair Color Black, brown, blonde, grey or white (in later years)
Lifespan shorter than the Númenóreans(early) and of that of the Dúnedain(later)
Distinctions Mortality
Members Men of Gondor

History Edit

In the mean time the southern Dúnedain, the Men of Gondor, intermarried more and more with so-called Middle Men.They were also known as "lesser Dúnedain". Most Gondorians and Arnorians would be considered Tergil.

They settled mainly in Arnor and Gondor, but during the Third Age only in the Gondor-region. These were the Tergil (Sgl."Targil" Q."Tarkil") or Torfiriath were the descendants of Dúnedain

lesser Dúnedain

Description and Historical accounts Edit

White Flag of Gondor

Being mostly of Númenórean stock and ruled by exiled Númenórean overlords, the people continued most of the customs and traditions of Númenór. However, over the centuries, they mixed more and more with the men of Middle-earth. One of these peoples was the Northmen who lived in Rhovanion, and Gondor ever needing allies as well as friends began acquainting themselves with these men by the mid Third Age. Brave and valiant but by the standards of the Dúnedain shorter lived, the Northmen gradually had more and more to do with Gondor and one of its heirs to the throne Valacar, who lived and worked with them in their

own land as an ambassador married one of their noble ladies setting the stages for the Kin-strife.

gallery of lesser Dúnedain

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