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Near Harad

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Near Harad
Physical Description
LocationSouth of Mordor, southeast of the Harnen, southwest of Khand
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 the Haven of Umbar, which lay on the shores of Middle-earth to the west of Near Harad.

Near Harad is known to be a desert land, and is where the "Yellow Face is bright and terrible."


  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"