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Middle Men was a term used by the Númenóreans to describe the Men of Middle-earth who were related to the Edain, the ancestors of the Númenóreans themselves. The proper term is "Men of Twilight" (as opposed to the Men of Gondor, "Men of Light", and the Haradrim and Easterlings, "Men of Darkness" etc.).

HistoryEdit

When the Númenóreans returned to the coasts of Middle-earth in the Second Age, they found a people who spoke languages which were distantly related to the Númenórean tongue, Adûnaic. Númenórean scholars declared that this was because these Men were descendants of the fathers of the Edain, the Atanatári, who had not crossed the Ered Luin and entered Beleriand during the First Age. The Númenóreans set up friendly relations with them, and declared them to be Middle Men, as opposed to the High Men (the Edain) or the Men of the Shadow, meaning those hostile to Númenor or in the service of Sauron.

After the founding of the Realms in Exile, Arnor and Gondor, many Middle Men became subjects of the Dúnedain, and eventually intermarried with them until they became one people.

The Northmen of Rhovanion were counted as Middle Men, as were most people living in Eriador. During the Third Age the term Middle Men was still applied to the Men of Bree, and the remaining Northmen, such as the Men of Dale and Esgaroth, the Lake-town, and of course the Rohirrim. King Valacar of Gondor became so friendly with the Middle Men of Rhovanion that he married Vidumavi; a princess of the Northmen, and his son Eldacar was of mixed blood. This led to the disastrous Kin-strife of Gondor.

Most Middle Men had kinship with the House of Bëor or Marach. There were also Men in Middle-earth related to the Second House, the Haladin Men of Enedwaith and Minhiriath, later to be known as the Dunlendings. But because they spoke a language that was unknown to the Númenóreans they were not at first recognised as Middle Men. Hostility developed between these Middle Men and the Númenóreans, which would endure until the end of the Third Age.[citation needed]

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Middelste Mans
Albanian Burrat e Mesme
Amharic የመካከለኛ ወንዶች
Arabic الرجال الأوسط
Armenian միջին տղամարդիկ
Azerbaijani Orta kişilər
Basque Erdi gizonen
Belarusian Cyrillic сярэдні Мужчыны
Bengali মধ্যম পুরুষদের
Bosnian Srednji ljudi
Bulgarian Cyrillic Средна мъже
Burmese အလယျပိုငျးအမျိုးသားများအတွက်
Cambodian ពាក់កណ្តាលបុរស
Croatian Srednji ljudi
Czech Střední muži
Danish Midterste Mænd
Dutch Midden Mannen
Esperanto Mez-Viroj
Estonian Lähis Mehed
Faroese Miđja Fólk
Finnish Keski Miehet
French Milieu Hommes
Georgian შუა მამაკაცები
German Mitte Männer
Greek Μέση Άνδρες
Gujarati મધ્યમ પુરુષો
Hausa Tsakiya Maza
Hawaiian Waena kanaka
Hebrew גברים באמצע
Hindi मध्यम मनुष्यों
Hmong Nruab nrab Txiv neej
Hungarian Középső férfiak
Icelandic Mið Karlar
Indonesian laki-laki Tengah
Irish Gaelic Fir Lár
Italian Uomini Mediani
Japanese ミドルメン
Kannada ಮಧ್ಯ ಪುರುಷ ?
Kazakh Cyrillic Таяу Ерлер
Korean 중간 남자들이
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Жакынкы адамдар
Latvian Vidus cilvēki
Lithuanian Vidurio Vyrai
Luxembourgish Mëtt Männer
Macedonian Cyrillic Средината Мажи
Maltese Nofs Irġiel
Malagasy Lehilahy Afovoany
Malay lelaki Tengah
Maori Tangata Waenganui
Mongolian Cyrillic Ойрхи Эрэгтэй
Navajo ’Ałníí hastóí
Nepalese मध्य पुरुष
Norwegian Midten Menn
Pashto د منځني نارينه
Persian مردان میانه
Polish Środkowi mężczyźni
Portuguese Homens do Meio
Punjabi ਮੱਧ ਪੁਰਸ਼
Romanian Medie Oameni
Russian Средний люди
Samoan Ogatotonu Alii
Scottish Gaelic Meadhan Daoine
Serbian Средњи Људи (Cyrillic) Srednji Ljudi (Latin)
Sindhi وچ مرد
Sinhalese මැද පිරිමි
Slovak Stredných mužov
Slovenian Srednji moški
Somalian Dhexe Dadka
Spanish Hombres Media
Sudanese Lalaki tengah
Swahili Mashariki ya watu ?
Swedish Mitten Män
Tajik Cyrillic мардон Миёна
Tamil மத்திய ஆண்கள்
Telugu మధ్య మెన్
Thai กลางผู้มนุษย์
Turkish Orta Erkekler
Ukrainian Cyrillic середній Чоловіки
Urdu مشرق مرد
Vietnamese Người đàn ông trung ?
Welsh Canol Dynion
Yiddish מיטל מענטשן
Yoruba Arin ọkunrin

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