Encyclopedia  |   World Factbook  |   World Flags  |   Reference Tables  |   List of Lists     
   Academic Disciplines  |   Historical Timeline  |   Themed Timelines  |   Biographies  |   How-Tos     
Sponsor by The Tattoo Collection
Dúnedain
Main Page | See live article | Alphabetical index

Dúnedain

Fictional people from J. R. R. Tolkien's universe, Middle-earth.

Warning: Plot details follow.

The Dúnedain (singular: Dúnadan) were the Men of Middle-earth who were descended from the Númenóreans who survived the fall of their island kingdom, and came to Eriador in Middle-earth led by Elendil and his sons. They are also called the Men of the West and the Men of Westernesse (direct translations of the Elvish term). They settled mainly in Arnor and Gondor.

After the fall of Arnor and then Arthedain, some of the northern Dúnedain became the Rangers of the North. The surviving Dúnedain population of Arnor retreated to the Angle south of Rivendell. In the mean time the southern Dúnedain intermarried more and more with so-called Middle Men, except in some regions (such as Dol Amroth).

In the Fourth Age, the Dúnedain of Gondor and Arnor were reunited under king Aragorn II Elessar (who was also called the Dúnadan).

The Westron name for Dúnedan was simply Adûn, "westerner", but this name was seldom used.

This name was reserved to those Númenóreans who were friendly to the Elves: the other, hostile survivors of the Downfall were known as the Black Númenóreans.


Not to be confused with Dunedin, the ancient name for Edinburgh in Scotland, or the city of Dunedin, New Zealand.