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Sunlending was 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: "six thousand spears to Sunlending".[1]

The name Sunlending did not refer to the climate, but was rather 'heraldic', as Anórien was immediately attached to Minas Anor. Sunledning was thus connected to the name and the emblem of Anárion, son of Isildur.[2]

  • Note: Sunlending is not to be confounded with Sunlands, the name of Harad in the folklore of the hobbits.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Muster of Rohan"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 776