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Swertings

Swertings is a name referring to the Haradrim. The word was Hobbitish, used among the Hobbits of the secluded Shire. Only legends about them reached the Hobbits: the Swertings lived in the Sunlands and rode to war on oliphaunts.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Swerting is a word related to the term 'Swarthy Men' used in the Common Speech (where 'swarthy' is an old word for 'dark-skinned').[2]

Swerting is an Old English name, referring to a legendary character, also mentioned in Beowulf.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Black Gate is Closed"