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Far away in the '''East''' both the [[Firstborn]], (the [[Elves]]), and the [[Secondborn]] (or: [[Afterborn]]) [[Children of Ilúvatar]], ([[Men]]), had awakened.
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For those living in the [[Westlands]], the '''East''' refers to [[Rhûn]] (which name indeed means "east" in [[Sindarin]]) and all unknown lands beyond.
The first men to arrive from the East were the [[Edain]], friends of the Elves. In later times, from the East came the [[Wild Men]] in service of [[Morgoth]] and [[Sauron]].
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==Geography==
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Not much is known about the lands or peoples outside the Westlands. [[Cuiviénen]], the lake where the [[Elves]] [[awakening of the Elves|awoke]], was somewhere in the East of Middle-earth<ref>{{S|Captivity}}</ref>. The eastern parts of the continent also featured two great mountain ranges, the [[Red Mountains|Red]] and [[Yellow Mountains]] where some of the [[Fathers of the Dwarves]] awoke<ref name="Dwarves">{{PM|Dwarves}}</ref>. And [[Hildórien]], the origin of [[Men]], was also somewhere in the east<ref>{{S|Men}}</ref>. Beyond these, the continent ended on the shores of the [[East Sea]].
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==Peoples==
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The [[Avari]] remained in the East, and other Elves who abandoned the [[Great March]] to the West. Eventually some of the Avari would also migrate West.<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 53</ref><ref>{{WJ|Author}}, Note 9</ref>
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The [[Men]] living in the East were known as [[Easterlings]], being various tribes of [[Men of Darkness]], such as the [[Wainriders]], the [[Balchoth]] and the [[Variags]].
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To the further east, the Red Mountains were occupied by the [[Dwarves|Dwarven]] clans of [[Ironfists]], [[Stiffbeards]], [[Blacklocks]] and [[Stonefoots]].<ref>{{PM|X}}, pp. 301, 322 (note 24)</ref>
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In the [[Second Age|Second]] or [[Third Age]]s the [[Blue Wizards]] went into the East, never to return<ref name="PMLast">{{PM|Last}}, pp. 384-85</ref>. [[Saruman]] also joined them before returning and occupying [[Isengard]]. During the [[Watchful Peace]], [[Sauron]] went to hiding in the East for 400 years and gathered the Easterlings to his service; the Blue Wizards failed to discover him<ref name="PMLast"/>.
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==Other notes==
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Unlike the Elven maps, the maps drawn by the Dwarves displayed the East on the top, as can be seen on the [[Thrór's Map]].
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==See also==
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*[[Uttermost East]]
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*[[Last Desert]]
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*[[Rómen]]
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*[[West]]
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Revision as of 12:41, 19 March 2013

For those living in the Westlands, the East refers to Rhûn (which name indeed means "east" in Sindarin) and all unknown lands beyond.

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Geography

Not much is known about the lands or peoples outside the Westlands. Cuiviénen, the lake where the Elves awoke, was somewhere in the East of Middle-earth[1]. The eastern parts of the continent also featured two great mountain ranges, the Red and Yellow Mountains where some of the Fathers of the Dwarves awoke[2]. And Hildórien, the origin of Men, was also somewhere in the east[3]. Beyond these, the continent ended on the shores of the East Sea.

Peoples

The Avari remained in the East, and other Elves who abandoned the Great March to the West. Eventually some of the Avari would also migrate West.[4][5]

The Men living in the East were known as Easterlings, being various tribes of Men of Darkness, such as the Wainriders, the Balchoth and the Variags.

To the further east, the Red Mountains were occupied by the Dwarven clans of Ironfists, Stiffbeards, Blacklocks and Stonefoots.[6]

In the Second or Third Ages the Blue Wizards went into the East, never to return[7]. Saruman also joined them before returning and occupying Isengard. During the Watchful Peace, Sauron went to hiding in the East for 400 years and gathered the Easterlings to his service; the Blue Wizards failed to discover him[7].

Other notes

Unlike the Elven maps, the maps drawn by the Dwarves displayed the East on the top, as can be seen on the Thrór's Map.

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Men"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 53
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Author's Notes to Quendi and Eldar", Note 9
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", pp. 301, 322 (note 24)
  7. 7.0 7.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Last Writings", pp. 384-85