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This is an old revision of BellakarHistory made by SampsaRydman on 2010-09-17 10:57:33.


History of Bellakar

Adapted and modified from Bellakar (2001) by Eric Dubourg

According to ancient Southron legends, the land of Bellakar was once verdant and lush. Vast forests covered its coastal regions, the most favored of them centered upon a mighty lake set amid the green hills. Further inland, forested highlands rose above endless expanses of grassy savanna and reed marsh. The Cuind, a tribe of Dark Elves, were first to wander the land, before the first rising of the sun, sharing its starlit trails with spirits, dwelling in caves about the wooded shores of the great lake and in sheltered vales scattered through the land. Cataclysmic deluge following the War of Wrath had repercussions throughout Middle-earth, one of which was the desiccation of Haradwaith. The vast forests of Bellakar gave way to desert. A few sizable oases remained, but only along the coasts did woodlands linger. And the Cuind are no more, except maybe their immortal spirits, which haunt the deserts.

During the early Second Age, men of Harad, hunters and herdsmen from the mountains east of the great desert, established themselves along the coasts. Some taught themselves to sail the ocean in small but sturdy boats. They drew fish, squid and seal from the waters. Others found patches of good land for farm and orchard; they sustained themselves on wheat, olives, dates and grapes. Númenóreans, whose ships towered over them like the houses of the gods, first set foot on the shores of Bellakar around 1300 II. Coastal peoples allowed the Númenóreans to settle around their harbors and bays, learning from them and teaching them, in turn, the wisdom of life on a desert coast. The clans who allowed the newcomers to live among them acquired their lore and sometimes even mixed bloodlines with them. Númenóreans taught them agriculture, and where was agricultural surplus, a new social and political order emerged, centered upon cities that grew up around the Númenórean colonies.

This nation was identifiable as that of the Bellakaranî, the people of Bellakar, distinct from other nations and tribes of Harad. In each Bellakarian city-state, a council of powerful elders decided matters of law and justice. In some cities these ruling oligarchies consisted entirely of the Adûnâi, wealthy citizens of traceable and purely Númenórean descent. Among themselves they spoke only the traditional tongues of Númenor: Adûnaic and Sindarin (and later only Adûnaic). In other cities, the "mixed-blooded" class, known as the Bellakaze, held some share of wealth and power. They spoke a language as mixed as their heritage that became the speech of trade and lore all through Bellakar, even penetrating into the remote villages and desert trading stations where they treated with the wandering nomads of the Haradwaith.

Earliest recorded history

The political concept of the city-state first took shape during the early Númenórean period. The era was marked by the shifting of political power from one to another of the major cities on the Bellakarian coast. The cities seem to have been ruled by governors or princes, possibly with the help of some sort of assembly of citizens. The ruler had military, judicial and religious duties. People with both Adûnaic and Bellakaze names were present from the the time of the earliest written records. The population may well have been mixed from the beginning.

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