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The '''Dúnedain''' ([[Sindarin|S]]: "west-men", pron. {{IPA|[ˈduːnedaɪn]}}), singular '''[[Dúnadan]]''' (pron. {{IPA|[ˈduːnadan]}}), were the the [[Men]] of [[Númenor]] and their descendants who peopled [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]] in the [[Second Age|Second]] and [[Third Age|Third Ages]]. Some of them fled Númenor just before its destruction with [[Elendil]] and his sons, while others had settled around the haven of [[Pelargir]] before the Downfall. They are also called the ''Men of the West'' and the ''Men of Westernesse'' (direct translations of the [[Sindarin]] term).
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The '''Dúnedain''' ([[Sindarin|S]]: "west-men", pron. {{IPA|[ˈduːnedaɪn]}}), singular '''Dúnadan''' (pron. {{IPA|[ˈduːnadan]}}), were the the [[Men]] of [[Númenor]] and their descendants who peopled [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]] in the [[Second Age|Second]] and [[Third Age|Third Ages]].  
  
After the fall of [[Arnor]] and then [[Arthedain]], some of the northern Dúnedain became the [[Rangers of the North]]. The surviving Dúnedainic population of Arnor retreated to the Angle south of [[Rivendell]]. In the mean time the southern Dúnedain, the Men of Gondor, intermarried more and more with so-called [[Middle Men]], except in some regions (such as [[Dol Amroth]]).
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Some of them fled Númenor just before its destruction with [[Elendil]] and his sons, while others had settled around the haven of [[Pelargir]] before the Downfall. This name was reserved to those Númenóreans who were friendly to the Elves: the other, hostile survivors of the Downfall were known as the [[Black Númenóreans]].
  
In the [[Fourth Age]], the Dúnedain of Gondor and Arnor were reunited under king [[Aragorn II Elessar]] (who was also called ''the Dúnadan'').
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The Dúnedain formed the [[Realms in exile]] of [[Arnor]] and [[Gondor]], around the [[Middle Men]] who were ruled by Númenórean lords and divided in the [[Dúnedain of Arnor]] and the [[Dúnedain of the South|Dúnedain of Gondor]].
  
The [[Quenya]] name for ''Dúnadan'' was '''[[Núnatan]]''' (pron. {{IPA|[ˈnuːnatan]}}), plural '''[[Dúnedain|Núnatani]]''' (pron. {{IPA|[nuːˈnatani]}}).
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After the fall of Arnor and then [[Arthedain]], some of the northern Dúnedain became the [[Rangers of the North]]. The surviving Dúnedainic population of Arnor retreated to the Angle south of [[Rivendell]]. In the mean time the southern Dúnedain, the Men of Gondor, intermarried more and more with so-called [[Middle Men]], except in some regions (such as [[Dol Amroth]]).
  
The [[Westron]] name for ''Dúnadan'' was simply '''Adûn''', "westerner", but this name was seldom used.
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In the [[Fourth Age]], the Dúnedain of Gondor and Arnor were [[Reunited Kingdom|reunited]] under king [[Aragorn|Aragorn II Elessar]] (who was also called ''the Dúnadan'').
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==Etymology==
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They are also called the ''Men of the West'' and the ''Men of Westernesse'' (direct translations of the [[Sindarin]] term) and comes from ''[[dûn]]'' and ''[[adan]]''.
  
This name was reserved to those Númenóreans who were friendly to the Elves: the other, hostile survivors of the Downfall were known as the [[Black Númenóreans]].
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The [[Quenya]] name was '''Núnatan''' (pron. {{IPA|[ˈnuːnatan]}}), pl. '''Núnatani''' (pron. {{IPA|[nuːˈnatani]}}).
  
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The [[Westron]] name for ''Dúnadan'' was simply '''[[Adûn]]''', "westerner", but this name was seldom used.
 
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The Dúnedain (S: "west-men", pron. [ˈduːnedaɪn]), singular Dúnadan (pron. [ˈduːnadan]), were the the Men of Númenor and their descendants who peopled Arnor and Gondor in the Second and Third Ages.

Some of them fled Númenor just before its destruction with Elendil and his sons, while others had settled around the haven of Pelargir before the Downfall. This name was reserved to those Númenóreans who were friendly to the Elves: the other, hostile survivors of the Downfall were known as the Black Númenóreans.

The Dúnedain formed the Realms in exile of Arnor and Gondor, around the Middle Men who were ruled by Númenórean lords and divided in the Dúnedain of Arnor and the Dúnedain of Gondor.

After the fall of Arnor and then Arthedain, some of the northern Dúnedain became the Rangers of the North. The surviving Dúnedainic population of Arnor retreated to the Angle south of Rivendell. In the mean time the southern Dúnedain, the Men of Gondor, intermarried more and more with so-called Middle Men, except in some regions (such as Dol Amroth).

In the Fourth Age, the Dúnedain of Gondor and Arnor were reunited under king Aragorn II Elessar (who was also called the Dúnadan).

[edit] Etymology

They are also called the Men of the West and the Men of Westernesse (direct translations of the Sindarin term) and comes from dûn and adan.

The Quenya name was Núnatan (pron. [ˈnuːnatan]), pl. Núnatani (pron. [nuːˈnatani]).

The Westron name for Dúnadan was simply Adûn, "westerner", but this name was seldom used.