Lesser Dúnedain, also known as the Southern Dúnedain, were the Dúnedain who intermarried with "Middle Men".

History Edit

These Dúnedain of the South were the Sindarin-speaking descendants of the original Númenórean settlers who had founded the Kingdom of Gondor. Though the lower urban classes quickly intermixed with the rural indigenous population and were considered Gondorian commoners or Tarkils, the high nobility and royal house long preserved a relatively pure Númenórean lineage They were also known as "lesser Dúnedain". Most Men of Gondor and of Arnor would be considered Tergil. They settled mainly in Arnor and Gondor, but during the Third Age only in Gondor. These were the Tergil (sing."Targil") or Torfiriath, who were descendants of the Dúnedain.

Description and historical accounts Edit

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, which set the stage for the Kin-strife.