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South Gondor

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Map of Harondor and neighbouring regions

South Gondor, known in Sindarin as Harondor, was a disputed region between the rivers Poros and Harnen.[1] The Harad Road ran across South Gondor. Its climate was described as fluctuating between mild winters and very hot and dry summers.[2]

Historically, this region was a part of Gondor, but frequent assaults and invasions by the Corsairs of Umbar and the Haradrim meant that, by the later years of the Third Age, Gondor lost control over this region.[3] In fact, Harondor was part of Gondor until the Kin-strife. During the War of the Ring, it was often described as a "debatable and desert land" on maps.

Fengel's two older brothers, Folcred and Fastred, were killed in Harondor while fighting for Gondor in T.A. 2885, meaning that even by the late Third Age, Gondor had not completely abandoned and ceded Harondor.

Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Several settlements and sites in Harondor are mentioned, including Gobel Mirlond, Has Yayb, Tir Ethraid, Barad Harn and Amon Eithel.[source?]

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

A site in Harondor, Haudh-in-Gwanûr, is mentioned, where players face an attack by Undead.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. The Atlas of Middle-earth, pp. 183, 185
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"