Harondor
Contested province of Gondor
Pictures from Harondor
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Vineyards of Laergaladrin
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Country villa in Emyn Imladrim
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River Poros, the border between Gondor and Harondor
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Rough terrain of the Emyn Annûn
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Scrublands of the Aegardh
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Harondor


The Gondorian province of Harondor (S. "South Gondor") existed from the ninth to the twenty-first century of the Third Age. In the later Third Age, the name continued to describe the southward frontier of the Dúnadan kingdom, facing the Haruze realms of Haradwaith and the northern fringe of the Corsair-ruled lands of Umbar. Although Harondor was first joined to Gondor as a civil province, it eventually lost that status as it became a repeatedly-contested war zone with the rebel lordship of Umbar. Harondor was the first of the territories won by the Ship-Kings to be abandoned, and rarely have its inhabitants known a time of peace.

The Land


On Gondorian maps, Harondor has clearly defined borders: the Poros to the north, Ephel Dúath to the northeast, the Harnen to the south, and the Bay of Belfalas to the west. Thus it is the largest province in southern Gondor. Physically, culturally, and economically, however, Harondor has always been bound to the larger spheres of Near Harad and Umbar. Despite determined efforts by the Ship-Kings and others to populate the country with Gondorians and to wall off outsiders, the history of Harondor has always turned on events occurring beyond the Harnen.

From north to south, the traveller crosses Harondor from temperate lands to dry. First, one comes to the lowlands of the Laergaladrin along the Poros and the Ethir Anduin, well-cultivated country much like neighbouring Lebennin and Harithilien. Many trails and passes climb from the settled lands into the Echorbel, the hilly edge of the Harondorian uplands. These hills, the jumbled Emyn Annûn near the sea and the ravine-cut Emyn Laer reaching inland to the foothills of the Ephel Dúath, are inhabited where the soil is good and are nowhere rugged, but they do serve to mark a decisive change in the landscape.

Beyond the Emyn Laer lies the Aegardh, a flat, grassy plateau that stretches some hundred miles south and two hundred south-east. Broken occasionally by deep river gorges (the most impressive of which is that of the Carnen) and undulations of hill country, it turns into desert scrubland before dropping off into the valley of the Harnen. This country is the natural domain of herdsmen, save where good water and soil are found together. Around rivers and springs, the land responds to careful husbandry and is spotted with abundant, stone-edged gardens, fields, orchards and vineyards.

To the south, the edge of the Aergardh is marked by the Emyn Imladrim (known to the Haruze as the Harmaka), which form the southern arm of the Echorbel. Rougher, drier, and more vividly canyoned than their northern counterpart, the Emyn Laer, they harbour many small spring-fed valleys, marked by villages and farms that seem dug into the hills like Dwarven-holds. Most of Harondor's soil, even when carefully tended, is inferior to that of the Vale of Anduin. To exploit its agricultural potential, the Gondorians constructed extensive terraces and irrigation systems during the peaceful centuries before the Kin-strife. The farmers grew wheat, olives, melons, and figs, and their settlements were decorated with orchards and often boasted a vineyard of two.

Many of the villages, estates, and irrigation systems along the Harnen were abandoned and destroyed during the war of 1540. Away from the river land fared both better and worse. Though less ravaged by war, the general instability in Harondor caused many to leave their homes for more secure lands in Gondor or Umbar, depending on the individual's political leanings of family ties. About the same time within the East March, the nomadic clans started to gain a measure of independence which increased over the following centuries, as oversight of the district was neglected due to the conflict.

Harondor has a dry climate, with hot summers and mild winters with some rain. Spring comes early, already in Nínui, when plants and trees blossom, and the greenery absorbs the last of the winter moisture. This beautiful season is over by Lothron, when the hot summer begins and all vegetation, save trees and that along the rivers, turns brown. During the late summer, the East March occasionally suffers from the Sûl Rhúnen, a hot and dry wind from the Haradwaith, bringing temperatures over 40 C and turning the sky a yellow brown from the dust and dirt it picks up and carries along with it. This weather is a strain on all Men, causing headaches and flaring tempers, and precluding strenuous work as the temperatures stay well above normal, even during the dark of night.

Harondor under Castamirioni rule

See Grand Principality of Harnen

Districts and governors


Laergaladrin: Formerly legate of Laergaladrin district, now master of infantry Imrakhôr Tarma, commander of the gondorian territorial corps in Harondor. Township of Eithel Thûrin is governed by condir Habadan Nathron
Emyn Annûn: Formerly legate of Echorost district, now debatable. Nen Falastir is directly under military governor of Harondor, master Hargam of house Dallarandil.
Emyn Imladrim: Formerly legate of the Imladrim district. Now directly ruled by prince Sangahyandion.
West March: Legate of the West March, herdir Aderthad Dúlinn, vassal of prince Sangahyandion.

Despotat of Amonost: Temporary creation of Sangahyandion, the Despot of Amonost rules most of the Argardh and haruze tribes camping there. Current despot is one Tarlanc of house Telerid.

Places


Methir, Barad Harn, Gobel Mírlond

TOWNSHIPS AND STRONGHOLDS OF HARONDOR (1640-1670)

Name Type Location Allegiance Notes
LAERGALADRIN
Methir Township Laergaladrin Condir of Methir Capital of Harondor (territory of Gondor)
Eithel Thûrin Township Laergaladrin Condir of Eithel Thûrin  
Nen Falastir Township Emyn Annûn Governor of Harondor  
Barad Laer Castle and village Laergaladrin Sangahyandion  
Barad Harn Castle and village Emyn Annûn Sangahyandion  
Has Annûn Fortified village Emyn Annûn Sangahyandion  
Ausk Harmaka Haruze county Emyn Annûn Fezir Labib Khalid  
An Sakal Haruze county Emyn Imladrim Fezir Najib al-Rahman  
Has Adri City Emyn Imladrim Sangahyandion  
Gobel Mírlond City Emyn Imladrim Lady of Mírlond Capital of the Grand Principality of Harnen
Has Yayb Haruze county Harnen valley Fezir Nawfal  
Has Sabiya Haruze county Harnen valley Fezir Mudar Layth  
Amon Eithel Castle and village Aegardh Despot of Amonost  
Bar Malduin Village Malduin valley Legate of East March  
Neledhnín Fortified village Carnen valley Legate of East March  
Imlad Carnen Township Carnen valley Legate of East March  
Tharven Township Harnen valley Sangahyandion  
Tirith Amrûn Castle and village Harnen valley Fezir Herundil of house Egledhion  


Fortresses of Harondor


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Amonost at Amon Eithel



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