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Background Information
Type Kingdom
Location Eriador
Realms Arnor
Capital Unknown
Founded/Built TA 861
Ruler Kings of Rhudaur
Other Information
Summary Founded after the break-up of Arnor due to feuding amongst the nobles
Other names
Inhabitants Men (Dúnedain), Hobbits, unknown creatures and people of Angmar
Spoken Languages
Lifespan TA 861 - TA 1409

Rhudaur was the smallest of the kingdoms that originated from the break-up of Arnor in TA 861. The other kingdoms were Arthedain and Cardolan.


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.


A village in Rhudaur, from The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king

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.

Angmar annexed and terminated the kingdom in TA 1409. By this time, the Dúnedain were gone from the region, as well as most of the other inhabitants.

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.[citation needed]


The name Rhudaur appears to be dialect Sindarin for 'East[1] Forests',[citation needed] an apparent reference to the Trollshaws.


  1. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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