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The Men of Eriador were the original mannish inhabitants of the lands of Eriador before it’s colonization by the Númenóreans. They were closely akin to the Edain of Beleriand, some of them descending from groups who had never crossed the Ered Luin, others descending from refugees of Beleriand after it’s cataclysm. Most of the Men of Eriador lived in the area between the North Downs and the Evendim Hills, but others inhabited the Barrow Downs, the Trollshaws and the forests of Minhiriath.

While the northern Eriadorians mostly resembled in language and appearance the tall and dark-haired Bëorians and their Númenórean descendants, the Southerners of Eriador were closely akin to the Haladin and the original Gondorians.

Also in the north of Eriador, there were men who descended from the Easterlings of Bór and Uldor the Accursed, or related tribes that had not crossed the Ered Luin. These tribes may or may not be identical with the Forodwaith and their Lossoth descendants or the population of Angmar.

When the Dúnedain founded the Province of Rhudaur, they had to fight the indigenous populance, the Arvandor, who still revered the Darkness. The later Hillmen may have been, at last to some degree, descendants of these tribes.

The exact origin of the Bree-landers is not known; while one source considers them kinsmen of the Gwathuirim of Enedhwaith who had moved to Arthedain, other sources count them as kinsmen of the House of Bëor the Old (although both may be true, them representing the last remnants of the indigenous people of Arthedain).

Eriadorian tribal groups

The Eriadorian commoners were usually seen as descendants of indigenous folk and Dúnedain or lesser Dúnedain, while on the other hand there were various tribes of rural folk.

Eriadorian Cultures:

Eriadorians of renown

First and Second Age: Agaldor Balasimur Baragon Baragud Baragûr Bârna I Bârna II Beegor Belgor Benor Beogrin Bereg the Refuser Bergund Bern Blogath Bôrna Bregor of Eriador Carlesic the Wise Ethrog Gerse Gothólin Hama of Eriador Hurn Imarhîl Naranatur Silweth Skrykalian Ustokhîr

Third Age: Aelfred Agonar of Tharbad Aldhelm Demuret Aramath Argil the great Artan of Tharbad Athalaina Athelwyn Barliman Butterbur Barney Butterbur Baumyakund Betsy Butterbur Bhaltair Bill Ferny the Elder Bill Ferny the younger Bondan Bregol of Caras Celairnen Briam Broggha Carthadan Claith of Rhudaur Coelmath Culberth Curotal Cyneig Dagan Darothild Deniu Dinglas Corddwallon Durond Eärnil of Girithlin Einion Gurgan Elharian Erbin of Daithen Finduilas III of Dol Caladir Finnel Frecwian Fulcwian Furnuren Gaertil the Bad Gelos Tiran Gerse Gordaig Trollbane Gordaig II Gospatric Hannei Iweriadd Gwynn Laneig Leamon Lindal of Caras Celairnen Maladan Malm Bairg Meneldir of Fornost Mongán Finn Odelard Paddro Rhiwal Rhiwallon Seammu Selyf Hen Shaleen Sibroch the Slayer Sispar Ted Bloom Tudgech hyn Bodnod Úasal Undarak Ungust of Tref Maur Urrhi Vulfredda Wulf-Dylan

In The Lord of The Rings books

Mannish populace in Eriador as described by Tolkien

In The Lord of the Rings books it is stated that (in the late Third Age) no men had settled dwellings so far west or within a hundred leagues of the Shire. On the other hand Tolkien's notes for The Lord of the Rings state that Men lived in the South Downs, and when the Hobbits and Strider returned to Bree, men along the great Greenway fled from the host of the Rangers. This might either indicate that these men might have been nomads or at least that their settlements were small, thinly populated, or unstable in comparison to Breeland and the Shire.

Population and urbanisation in Eriador

In his article "Population and Urbanisation in Eriador" Thomas Morwinsky names some of the more "settled" communities after the fall of Arthedain:

Other possible post-Arthadan communities in the late Third Age may have been:

  • Gwaelin
  • Men of the Cold Hills
  • Men of the Ettenmoors and the Mitheithel Wells
  • Rast Vorn
  • Southern Greenway Settlements
  • Survivors of Rangaza and Ceredigion
  • Survivors of Carest, Fereic and Cromm Bráighe
  • Winterhome