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Physical Description
LocationSouthern Mordor
InhabitantsOrcs, Men
Descriptionquite fertile, with the lake of Nurnen in the middle of it

Nurn was the name given to the southern regions of Mordor, more fertile than Gorgoroth in the north, in which the great inland sea of Núrnen lay.[1] The people who inhabited Nurn were Men and there may have been prisoners of war there as well. These people were enslaved by Sauron, working the soil around the sea of Nurn to feed Sauron's armies.

After the War of the Ring, King Elessar liberated the peoples of Nurn and gave them the land as their own. The southern region of Nurn probably escaped the destruction caused in northern Mordor by the eruption of Mount Doom.[2]


Nurn, appearing in the compound Núrnen ("sad-water"), apparently means "sad" in Sindarin.[3][4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"
  3. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 457
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index, Núrnen