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The little-known lands in the far east of [[Middle-earth]], from where many attacks on [[Gondor]] and its allies came during the [[Third Age]].
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'''Rhûn'''' refers to the little-known lands in the far east of [[Middle-earth]] inhabited by peoples known as the "[[Easterlings]]", from whom many attacks on [[Gondor]] and its allies came during the [[Third Age]].
  
 
We know almost nothing of the lands of beyond the great [[Sea of Rhûn]] that stood on its borders with the western lands. Even [[Gandalf]] had never explored there, and though [[Aragorn]] had travelled there, we have no report of his doings.
 
We know almost nothing of the lands of beyond the great [[Sea of Rhûn]] that stood on its borders with the western lands. Even [[Gandalf]] had never explored there, and though [[Aragorn]] had travelled there, we have no report of his doings.
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During the Third Age, Rhûn was visited by three [[Wizards]]; [[Saruman]], [[Alatar]] and [[Pallando]], and though [[Saruman]] returned into the west, the two [[Blue Wizards]] remained. [[Sauron]] himself journeyed into the eastward lands, in hiding from the [[White Council]] during the centuries known in the west as the [[Watchful Peace]].
 
During the Third Age, Rhûn was visited by three [[Wizards]]; [[Saruman]], [[Alatar]] and [[Pallando]], and though [[Saruman]] returned into the west, the two [[Blue Wizards]] remained. [[Sauron]] himself journeyed into the eastward lands, in hiding from the [[White Council]] during the centuries known in the west as the [[Watchful Peace]].
  
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Revision as of 18:25, 11 May 2007

Rhûn
Physical Description
TypeRealm
LocationEastern Lands of Middle-earth, north of Mordor
RealmsRhûn
InhabitantsEasterlings
DescriptionCentered by Sea of Rhûn
General Information
EtymologyS. rhû "east"

Rhûn' refers to the little-known lands in the far east of Middle-earth inhabited by peoples known as the "Easterlings", from whom many attacks on Gondor and its allies came during the Third Age.

We know almost nothing of the lands of beyond the great Sea of Rhûn that stood on its borders with the western lands. Even Gandalf had never explored there, and though Aragorn had travelled there, we have no report of his doings.

Of its ancient geography we can glean a little from The Silmarillion; far beyond the Sea of Rhûn was another inland sea, the Sea of Helcar, and beyond that a range of Red Mountains known as the Orocarni. Somewhere in the lost east, too, lay Cuiviénen and Hildórien, where Elves and Men first awoke: all the Children of Ilúvatar could trace their ancestries back to the eastward regions of Middle-earth. We know also that it was a wide and vast land with many kingdoms, and strange and unexplored places.

Rhûn was far from an empty land; it was the domain of the Easterlings, Men of Darkness who were ready to follow both the Dark Lords and fought as their allies in war. These lands, too, were peopled by lost Elves, Avari and Úmanyar, and by four of the seven clans of the Dwarves who dwelt in the Orocarni.

During the Third Age, Rhûn was visited by three Wizards; Saruman, Alatar and Pallando, and though Saruman returned into the west, the two Blue Wizards remained. Sauron himself journeyed into the eastward lands, in hiding from the White Council during the centuries known in the west as the Watchful Peace.