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Free peoples

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"Farewell, and may the blessing of Elves and Men and all Free Folk go with you."

The Free Peoples of the World[1] were those people who opposed Sauron. As such, the term referred to the Elves, High and Middle Men, Hobbits, Dwarves, and any folk who, in contrast to Orcs, Trolls or Men of Darkness, were not serving him.


It is unclear when this term dates back; whether it also applies to those that opposed his reign in the Second Age, or only those of the Third Age.

In the Council of Elrond, Boromir made a mention of the "Free Lords of the Free", possibly referring to the rulers of the Free Peoples, such as Elrond or Denethor II,[2] while suggesting that they should use the One Ring against Sauron.[3]

The members of the Fellowship of the Ring were specifically chosen so that at least one representative of all the free peoples would be there: one for the Elves, one for the Dwarves and two for Men.[1] As they had appeared relatively late in the knowledge of most, Hobbits were generally not reckoned among them until the War of the Ring.[4]

Portrayal in Adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

In the prologue, the term "Free Peoples of Middle-earth" is used to describe those that formed the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.[5]

2004: The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring:

"Free Peoples" is one of the playable factions, the other being "Minions of Sauron". Its troops include Men of Gondor and Rohan, Dwarves, Elves, Huorns and Beornings.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The term "Free Peoples" is generally used to identify the "good" faction in the MonsterPlay sessions. It is often abbreviated as "Freeps".[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Ring Goes South"
  2. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 152, entry "Free Lords of the Free"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Treebeard"
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition), "Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All..."
  6. "Freeps" at