Rhudaur formed the eastern part of Arnor, and stretched from the Weather Hills with Weathertop to the river Loudwater. It shared a long border with Cardolan along the Great East Road, and with Arthedain along the line of the Weather Hills.
The land between the rivers Hoarwell and Loudwater was also considered part of Rhudaur. It was called the Angle, and it is here that the first Stoor Hobbits came into Eriador around TA 1150. However, due to the increasing hostility of Angmar these Stoors fled the region around TA 1356, with some of them moving west to the Shire, and others moving back to Wilderland.
From the start of its existence, Rhudaur was unfriendly towards the two other successor states, and took part in a bitter conflict with Arthedain over the Tower of Amon Sûl and the Palantír associated with the tower.
The last Kings of Rhudaur were not of Númenórean blood, but were descended of Men in service of Angmar. Under their rule the land became a vassal of Angmar, and thus enemies of Cardolan and Arthedain.
There is evidence that after the fall of Angmar at the Battle of Fornost the Angle became home to the remainder of the Dúnedain, and the Rangers of the North established several villages there, where their people lived until the resurrection of the northern Kingdom under King Aragorn II Elessar at the end of the Third Age.
The Haeranedain (S."Far Wandering Edain") were Rhudaurians of númenorean descent, most were actually mix-blooded Tergil. Edit
Most Rhudaurian Dúnedain belonged to one of seven greater Noble Houses of Hiri, House Amrothar, House Eldanar, House Enedil, House Melosse, House Mithlad, House Rhudainor and House Rómentir.
The Rhudaurians (S."Rhudaurim") were the inhabitants of the fallen kingdom of Rhudaur, in the closer sense those of númenorean blood, the Haeranedain, in a wider sense all those eriadorian tribes living inside the borders of Rhudaur including:
- the Hillmen of the Trollshaws and Coldfells
- the Vulseggi or northrons of the Egladil
- the Dunmen of the southern borderlands to Eregion and Cardolan
- the Forodrim of the Northern marches
The Haeranedain were a bit smaller and darker than the high Dúnedain, although 6 ft for men was not uncommon.
In daily life most had adapted clothes much similar to those of the indigenious Hillmen, the Kailth, a skirt or kilt, and the Kullodoo.
The Haeranedain were ruled by Airain or petty Kings and Thengyn or hereditary Lords, the Híri.Serfdom was also common although most serfs were actually Debtslaves (Du."Wealli").