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Sunlending is the name used by the Rohirrim of the land of Anórien, 'Sun-land'. It is mentioned in the song From dark Dunharrow in the dim morning, l. 15 (LoTR III, book V, ch. 3):

six thousand spears to Sunlending

J.R.R. Tolkien admonished in the Nomenclature (s.v. Sunlending, Reader's Companion, p. 776) that the name does not refer to the climate, but is rather 'heraldic', as Anórien was immediately attached to Minas Anor and thus is connected to the name and the emblem of Anárion, son of Isildur.

N.B. Sunlending is not to be confounded with Sunlands, the name of Harad in the folklore of the hobbits.