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Haradrim (Tolkien Society)

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Haradrim is a former Tolkien Society for speakers of Afrikaans, which also included the Dutch dialects spoken in South Africa,[1] in South Africa. The society is now dormant. One of its founders was Peter Schellen, former treasurer of Unquendor and co-founder of Gil-Galad).[2]

History

Now dormant members of this society were involved in locating the former location of the Bank of Africa (Arthur Tolkien's offices), Arthur Tolkien's grave site (where a new tombstone as well as a tree were planted/placed) as well as finding Arthur Tolkien's last will and other documents. Members of the society also hosted members of the Tolkien family on occasion.

The vast distances in South Africa between its large cities (Johannesburg/Pretoria - Bloemfontein - Cape Town - Durban), emigration due to crime and affirmative action as well as cultural and language barriers and the limited interest in J.R.R. Tolkien by the general public all contributed to the demise of this society.


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