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Dunland: overview

Dunland (S."Dor Wathui"; Du."Dunnuern") was a wild region in Eastern Enedhwaith. It was the homeland of savage tribes of Wild Men known as the Dunlendings, descendants of the Dunmen and earlier Gwathuirim of Enedhwaith.

Dunland in TA 3018-3019

Dunland in 3019 TA

Dunland ca. T.A. 3018-3019:

  • Political Organization: Tribal Chiefdoms, divided into nine major clans: the Arth-Lûth, Avanc-Lûth, Bleid-Lûth, Brân-Lûth, Caru-Lûth, Draig-Lûth, Hebog-Lûth, Turch-Lûth, and Uch-Lûth.
  • Rulers: Thrydan Wolfbane; Wulf of Westmarch; Yagthak; several lesser Brenhins.
  • Administrative Organization: Nine hereditary and merit-based chiefdoms; all lesser offices appointed; tribal lands held in common.
  • Population: 500,000 Dunlendings; 40 Hill-giants in 3 clans; 300 Firebeard and Longbeard Dwarves; 25 Elves.
  • Military: Each Chief kept from 100-400 Warriors as a permanent retinue. All in all the Clans could raise a host of 5,000 Warriors. Tribes favored light armor (Kurbul or linen) and carried pole arms (various very long Guisarmes) and melee weapons such as Cleddyfs and Bueylls; 430 Drúedain warriors of the Breffrindiau served as allies of the Dynion Ingnaut; 30 Longbeard Dwarven Warriors, 40 Firebeards.
  • Products: Wool, Skins, Timber, Meat.
  • Symbol: A Craban.

Regions and Rivers

Northern Dunland in TA 3018

Central Dunland in TA 3018

3019 TA: Angren Bonevales Carreglyn Cilstrem Cursed Forest Dunbog Dunstrem Fordirith Glanduin Gloomglens Gravenwood Grim Foothills Highland Fells Hills of Dunland Hithaeglir Foothills Hithaeglir Stream Lich Bluffs Mournshaws Nan Laeglin Nin-in-Eilph Northern Dunland Plains of Enedwaith Pren Gwydh Raven Country Starkmoor Tâl Methedras Thrór's Coomb Trum Dreng Windfells

Settlements and Places of Note

TA 2950 - 3019 Amon Mîn Araniant Avardin Barnavon Barnavon Mine Beogrin's Stronghold Black Dens Bone Quarry Brôntrig Byrig Cartrev Hamon Cartrev Maru Cave Barrow Crug Cadelhin Cuvnerth Dire Hollow Dol Baran Druwaur Duneard Dunland Battlefield Echad Daervunn Echad Dagoras Echad Idhrenfair Echad Naeglanc Echad Saeradan Forthbrond Frecasburg Galtrev Gavar Cadlus Ghost-Caves Gindabaz Gineard Grey King's Lair Grimbold's Camp Gwâl Draig Hall of the Huntsman Hallowed Circle Hariaryn Harndirion Hen Turrau Hill Barrow The Jailor's Quarters Lair of Turukulon Lhan Rhos Lhan Tarren Lhanuch Lhe Colvarn Lhe Lhechu Maur Tulhau Munuv Dûv Ravine Nár's Peak Ost Dunhoth Pluvun Gwern Pruv Cadlus Raendoc Raven Chief's Camp Raven Village Raven War-camp Riddle Caves River-watch Rohirrim Scout-camp Skud Carchar Stone Barrow Talach Boghain Tâl Methedras Trac-plas Tulach Boghain Uch Cadlus Under-deeps Wularan Zudrugund

Peoples

Dwarves: Firebeards and Longbeards of Thrór's Coomb

Elves: Elves of Amon Lind

Giants: Hill-giants

Halflings: Stoors

Men:

Orcs: Barz Thrugrim Grishgúk Isendale-goblins Nâkhmau Shak-hai Thrak-burzum

Trolls: Cave-trolls Forest-trolls Hill-trolls Stone-trolls

Characters

Any time: Turukulon (dragon)

TA 2750: Freca the Fat Wulf son of Freca

TA 2950: Culmaud Deallus Doeth Einion Lawspeaker Eryrban Euog Gureiddrhi of Carreglyn Iago the Huntsman Peath Perchen Selyf Huon Sibroch of the Algraig Tanguistel Ungust of Lhanuch

TA 3010-3019: Men: Acca Almedha Ambras Aneira Anurin Argel Bain Balafren Bervun Betrus Bledhun Blodwen Bowen Braigiar Bron Burlag Cada Cadelh Cadugan Cai Camrynn Caron Carus Celi Celun Ceri Daf Déin Dilwun Doeth Dúach Edar Edhow Edrud Eiluned Elain Eres Euog Franis Freca Croyu Galvin Gálwa Gemma Geth Gethen Glundur Grigor Grumhal Gun Ain Guto Gwilum Gwin Hadun Harri Haul Hav Hywelaedd Iestin Ilar Inir Ithel Ivor Kai Kedivor Lhucu Lhur Lod Luarch Lun Lunwen Mair Matho Maugan Melvun Morrigan Mostun Murig Naeglanc Nesta Nia Nye Oldenad Parru Rhonwen Riagán Rurik the Red King Sargulk Séarl Shona Siam Sonnagh Tafin Tecwin Tetnak Thrydan Wolfbane Trehéarn Brenin Trev Unnell Usbail Vevinn Wilim Win Wulf II Wunvord Yago

4th Age: Burlag

Flora

Herbs

Avhail Eorna Feduilas Gort Kirtir Phacalus Tartella

Other

Brambles Broadleaf trees Cattails Lily pads Low scrub brushes Reeds Short grass

Fauna

Other: Afanc Bees Hornets Hurnkennec Kraken Mendaen Mensharag Giant Spiders Spirits of the Wild Watcher in Stone

Speculations

The indigenous name of Dunland is given as Dunfearan in MERP. Dunfearan seems to be derived from Gaelic dun ("fortified place, fortress") and fearann ("field, land"). Since later versions used Welsh instead of Gaelic to represent Dunael, a different etymology could be guessed, for example din (Welsh: "hill-fort") or dwnn (Welsh: "dark, brown") and (g)wern (Welsh: "small farms, land") or fearn or fierne (Cumbrian: "ferny place").

References

  • MERP Fan Modules: Tales of the Westmarch (taleswestmarch.pdf)
  • MERP: Campaign and Adventure Guidebook
  • MERP: Dunland and the Southern Misty Mountains
  • MERP: Ghost Warriors
  • MERP: Isengard and Northern Gondor
  • MERP: Middle Earth Campaign Guide
  • MERP: Palantir Quest
  • LOTRO: The Rise of Isengard
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