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Men

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The name Men refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Men (disambiguation).
Men
Race
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General Information
MembersBëor, Haleth, Marach, Beren, Uldor, Elros, Aragorn II
Physical Description
Lifespanc. 70 years (except Númenóreans)
DistinctionsMortality, inheritors of the rule of Middle-earth
GalleryImages of Men
"West, North, and South the children of Men spread and wandered, and their joy was the joy of the morning before the dew is dry, when every leaf is green."
The Silmarillion, Of Men

Men were one of the Kindreds of the Children of Ilúvatar. Men were called the Secondborn (or the Second KindredCite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag It has been suggested that Tolkien might have preferred Mannish over "human" since the former has Germanic roots (thus being closer to Old English), while the latter word has Latin roots.[1]

References

  1. Peter Gilliver, Edmund Weiner and Jeremy Marshall, The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary, pp. 156-8