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Andrast was a long cape in the south-west of Gondor.[1] At the end was a great headland called Ras Morthil.[2]

The cape was nominally part of Gondor, but it was not populated by the Númenóreans. At the end of the Third Age, it was believed the area was still populated by tribes of the Drúedain and other hostile men.[3] The Drúedain were notorious for using poisoned arrows.

The Drúadan lands actually extended north along the coast on to the rivers Adorn and Sîr Angren, and were collectively known as Drúwaith Iaur or "Old Púkel land".[4]

The White Mountains ended their southward bend at the Andrast,[1] and as such it formed an effective barrier to invaders from the north for Gondor. There were no passes over it, so all had to venture around the Ras Morthil.

[edit] Etymology

Andrast (earlier form Angast) is a Sindarin name meaning "Long Cape".[5][6]

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", Note 6
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix D: The Port of Lond Daer"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Drúedain"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, pp. 8-9
  6. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. lxiv