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Far Harad

Far Harad
Region
Christopher Tolkien - Map of Harad.jpg
Map of Harad by Christopher Tolkien
General Information
LocationFar south of Gondor and Mordor
TypeRegion
DescriptionA vast hot area
InhabitantsHaradrim

Far Harad, a part of the larger region known as Harad, was a name used in Northwestern Middle-earth for a distant, unknown land far to the south of Gondor.[1] The name simply means the Far South (Sindarin harad, "south"),[2] as opposed to Near Harad, the Near South.

Some men from Far Harad travelled north at the time of the War of the Ring, and fought on the side of Sauron at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields. These warriors were described as black men with white eyes and red tongues like half-trolls.[1]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

Tolkien stated that Gandalf might have made (although unlikely) a visit to Far Harad during one of his travels, but that it was too short a visit for there having "acquired a special name".[3]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

The campaign module Far Harad: The Scorched Land contains a map of the region at the eastern end of the Bay of Tulwang and detailed descriptions of the geography, flora and fauna, peoples, etc. of Far Harad (said to be called Bozisha-Miraz in the local tongue). It also contains suggested adventures that take place in the poor quarter of the city of Bozisha-Dar, in the Dune Sea desert, in the Great Oasis and in the town of Tûl Póac and the Oasis of Sud Sicanna.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Pronunciation of Words and Names", "Consonants"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Istari"