Núrn is the only fertile land in Mordor.

Núrn is a region located in the southernmost portion of the realm of Mordor that holds the inland Sea of Núrnen

Núrn was a semi-arid place due to its close proximity to Gorgoroth and consisted mostly of short grass landed plains, fertile enough for farming to support the armies of Sauron, as opposed to the arid plateau of Gorgoroth, which is north-west of Núrn.[1]



Semi-arid land of Núrn, fertile enough to supply food for Sauron's armies.

Núrn was partially inhabited by Westron-speaking men that were enslaved by the Dark Lord Sauron. It was fertile enough to feed Sauron's numberless hordes during the War of the Ring. Its soil had been enriched by ash from Orodruin's eruptions, and its grasslands were fed by water from the Sea of Núrnen.

Núrn was home to the settlements of Barad NúrnFort Morn, and Núrnen Fishery which were overrun and used to supply Sauron's forces at the time of the War of the Ring.

Many of Mordor's beasts resided in Núrn, among them Graugs, Trolls, WargsCaragorsGhûlsHell-hawks, Fellbeasts and a host of other nameless horrors. Before the War of the Ring, the land was the domain of tribesman under the rule of Lady Marwen, Queen of the Shore.

After the overthrow of Sauron, the peoples of this land presumably gained their freedom and might have been allowed to govern it for themselves.[2]


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth pgs. 93, 176, 181-7
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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