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Far Harad

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Far Harad was the distant lands far to the south of Gondor. The name simply means the Far South (as opposed to Near Harad, the more familiar southern lands). The terrain consisted mostly of desert and a jungle. The people that lived there were unlike those of Near Harad. The all did however live in tribes, but the men of Far Harad were black skinned unlike the brown skinned men of Near Harad. It was a scorched dry exotic land. It was a region almost unknown to the peoples of the northwestern parts of Middle-earth. Nonetheless, some of its fierce people travelled north at the time of the War of the Ring, and fought on the side of Sauron at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. Oliphaunts could be found in a great forest in Far Harad