Height of average adult
Between 5' and 6'
Average Lifespan
50-100 Years
Renowned individuals

Black Men or Barangils (from S. Baranchil, "Dark descendant"? Or sindarinized Na."the many-skilled"?) was a common term in Gondor to describe the dark-skinned peoples of southern Middle-Earth, especially those of Far-Harad and the Utter South. While some scholars saw these black men as Haradrim and called them "southern Haradrim", "Black Haradrim" or "Far-Haradrim", others considered them a culture of their own, separate from those tribes of (known) Haradwaith.


Barangiles in Far-Harad

Other Westron-speaking peoples - as the Hobbits - also called them by the pejorative term "Swertings". Elves knew them as "Sun-dwellers" (Q."Urimardor").


The Black men were believed to be descendants of the Asrabi. One asrabi group, the Narnerim were a number of diverse tribes that had entered the Southlands in the first age, after escaping the Battle of Palisor. Of those were the Haruzani, or northern Haradrim, the Apysani or southern Haradrim and the Moredain or Moratani, a number of tribes that entered the savannahs and dark forests of the south. The latter became the ancestors of the Mûmakani, Kirani and Sharaeki, but especially in the Far-Harad, the Apysani and Black Men intermingled and evolved into many mixed peoples and tribes.Among these the Adena, Sederi and Tantûraki were deeply influenced by Númenórean culture, for their realms emerged from former Colonies of the Men of Westernesse, other cultures as the Kirani had befriended Avari of the utter south and developed into a culture of elf-friends.Others came under the shadow, such as the men of Maûmakanar who were seduced by the Nazgûl Indûr Dawndeath, many other peoples and tribes however hid in the deep forests and mountains and maintained their own ancient ways.

Family Tree of the Moredain


Black peoples outside Harad

The Ts´dan, K´prur, Zurghîr and Yôpi were also of Narnerim descent and close relatives of the Moredain of the southlands, probably descendants of groups who had left the Narnerim during their great migration.


A Mahûd Chieftain

The origin of the Old Ones of Southernesse remains unsolved, though their origin doublessly also lies in Hildorien.

Barangils of renown

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  • The Term "Barangil" only appears on early maps for The Lord of the Rings. It is uncertain if it was intended to represent an indigenous name or a Sindarin form (or maybe a "Sindarinized" indigenous term).
  • The Mahûd of the movie Trilogy seem to be based on the Black men who took part in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.
  • the Ts´dan, K´prur and Yôpi-cultures might be loosely inspired by the real-world Dravidian peoples.
  • The Middle-Earth Mindcraft Project uses a number of Far-Harad cultures including the Morwaith, Pertorogwaith, Taurethrim, Limwaith and Cerinrim.
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