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'''Near Harad''' was an indefinite region that lay to the south of [[Gondor]] and [[Mordor]], beyond the River [[Harnen]]. Little is said of it in the histories of [[Middle-earth]], except that the [[Men]] of that land conspired with those of [[Khand]], and with the [[Wainriders]], to overthrow [[Gondor]] in the time of King [[Ondoher]]. The [[Gondorians]] anticipated their strike, and [[Ondoher]] created a [[Southern Army]] to defend his land against them. That Southern Army, under the command of [[Eärnil]], met the invading Men of [[Near Harad]] in [[South Ithilien]], and defeated them completely.  
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'''Near Harad''' was an indefinite region that lay to the south of [[Gondor]] and [[Mordor]], beyond the River [[Harnen]].<ref>{{UT|Map}}</ref> Little is said of it in the histories of [[Middle-earth]], except that the [[Men]] of that land conspired with those of [[Khand]], and with the [[Wainriders]], to overthrow Gondor in the time of King [[Ondoher]]. The [[Gondorians]] anticipated their strike, and [[Ondoher]] created a [[Southern Army]] to defend his land against them. That Southern Army, under the command of [[Eärnil II|Eärnil]], met the invading Men of Near Harad in [[South Ithilien]], and defeated them completely.<ref>{{App|Gondor}}</ref>
  
Though Near Harad is not otherwise described in any detail, its inhabitants were clearly great enemies of the Gondorians, and it seems likely that many of [[Tolkien]]'s references to the [[Haradrim]], the Men of Harad in general, actually describe those of Near Harad. This is especially true of their dealings with the sometime Gondorian outpost of [[Umbar]], which lay on the shores of Middle-earth to the west of Near Harad.
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Though Near Harad is not otherwise described in any detail, its inhabitants were clearly great enemies of the Gondorians, and it seems likely that many of [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien's]] references to the [[Haradrim]], the Men of Harad in general, actually describe those of Near Harad. This is especially true of their dealings with the sometime Gondorian outpost of [[Umbar]], which lay on the shores of Middle-earth to the west of Near Harad.
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Revision as of 10:14, 6 April 2013

Near Harad
Physical Description
TypeRegion
LocationSouth of Mordor, southeast of the Harnen, southwest of Khand
RealmsHaradwaith
InhabitantsHaradrim
DescriptionLandlocked desert

Near Harad was an indefinite region that lay to the south of Gondor and Mordor, beyond the River Harnen.[1] Little is said of it in the histories of Middle-earth, except that the Men of that land conspired with those of Khand, and with the Wainriders, to overthrow Gondor in the time of King Ondoher. The Gondorians anticipated their strike, and Ondoher created a Southern Army to defend his land against them. That Southern Army, under the command of Eärnil, met the invading Men of Near Harad in South Ithilien, and defeated them completely.[2]

Though Near Harad is not otherwise described in any detail, its inhabitants were clearly great enemies of the Gondorians, and it seems likely that many of Tolkien's references to the Haradrim, the Men of Harad in general, actually describe those of Near Harad. This is especially true of their dealings with the sometime Gondorian outpost of Umbar, which lay on the shores of Middle-earth to the west of Near Harad.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"