- (See also Mordor, the dwelling place of Sauron in the southeast of Middle-earth. Mordor literally means "Dark Land".)
HistoryEditNot much is known about this continent, except that it formed during Morgoth's marring of the world by breaking away from the main part of Middle-earth (Endor). No Elves or Dwarves lived there, but it is possible that wild Men may have lived there at some point. The Númenóreans probably visited it on their long journeys, although it is not known if they established dwellings there. Most of the continent is covered by vast dense forests bordering much of its shorelines.
In the game Middle Earth Role Play by Iron Crown Enterprises, a Quenya name for the Dark Land—Mórenorë ("Dark Land")—was given, although it does not appear in any of Tolkien's writings; the name Hyarmenor, "south-land" is given instead in Tolkien's works (The History of Middle-earth).
Behind the ScenesEdit
Before Africa was visited by people from Europe, it was known as the "Dark Land". It is possible that Tolkien could have been inspired by this; also, he was born in South Africa. However, the continent directly south of Gondor where Harad was located (possibly corresponding with the Sahara Desert, as they are similar in position) is closer in shape to Africa, as well as being the proper distance away from Middle-earth (if Middle-earth is taken to be Europe and Rhûn is taken to be Asia).
Places of Middle-earth and Arda
Forests & Mountains:
The rest of Arda: