Lebennin
Province of Gondor
Districts and Counties of Lebennin
"Silver flow the streams from Celos to Erui
In the green fields of Lebennin!
Tall grows the grass there. In the wind from the Sea
The white lilies sway,
And the golden bells are shaken of mallos and alfirin
In the green fields of Lebennin,
In the wind from the Sea!"

 (image: http://wiki.lindefirion.net/images/Gilrain1.jpg)
Arnach
 (image: http://wiki.lindefirion.net/images/VillaSerni2.jpg)
Lebennivet
 (image: http://wiki.lindefirion.net/images/VillaSerni.jpg)
Abad Serni
 (image: http://wiki.lindefirion.net/images/BarOrchaldor.jpg)
Bar Ochaldor
Gondorian line infantry
Guardsman of Lebennin, by Jan Pospisil.
 (image: http://wiki.lindefirion.net/images/LebenninDefense.png)
Territorial forces in Lebennin
 (image: http://wiki.lindefirion.net/images/LebenninVaakunaPieni.png)

Lebennin


Known as Fair Lebennin of the Five Streams, referring to the Five Rivers of Lebennin, it was one of the most beautiful provinces of Gondor. Its capital and largest city was Pelargir. Lebennin was largely populated by Men of mixed blood, as many of its inhabitants traced their ancestry to the forgotten 'Men of the Mountains' that had been displaced from the White Mountains by the Númenóreans.

The Land


Lebennin's borders to the north are the Ered Nimrais, to the south and east, the sea and the Anduin, and to the west, the hills west of vale of Gilrain. The Rathon Gondor, the main road connecting northern and southern Gondor, runs from Minas Anor to Linhir by way of Pelargir, shaded by twin lines of tall poplars. All of Lebennin's roads, from the Rathon Gondor to the smallest village roads, are well kept.

Lebennin has three basics types of terrain. Along the seacost east of Fanuilond and along the Anduin, the land is low-lying and often boggy. Even though the ground is very fertile, it is unsuitable for cultivating the grains used in southern Gondor. The mountain valleys and foothills to the nort are mostly covered by coniferous forests, and the ground is less fertile than on the plains; here, people live mostly in the lower valleys. The fertile, central plains are the home of the majority of Lebennin's settlers. The Men of Gondor call it the Talath Lethen (S. "Plain of Flowers"). Here, beautiful wildflowers brighten the vast green carpet nearly all year.

There are often large areas of marshy ground close to the rivers. During the years before the Kin-strife, some bogs were drained to put new land under the plough, but after the Plague that was no longer necessary, due to the catastrophic decline in population. Between the plains and the Anduin there is a one-to-eight-mile wide bottomland. This is only marginally higher than the river, and is flooded during spring and early summer, particularly the stretch between Pelargir and the sea. The bottomlands are very fertile, and everything can take root deep into the marshy ground.

Lebennin's climate is the same as in the rest of southern Gondor: warm summers and mild winters. But to talk of the ‘weather in Lebennin' is to generalise somewhat. Lebennin encompasses many diverse terrains and landscapes and the rules change from one district to the next. You can be sure that July and August in Lebennin will be hot, sometimes stiflingly so, thanks to the humidity levels that can make Pelargir and the major cities of Lebennin veritable hothouses.

This situation is supposed to break around the 1st of Ivanneth (middle of August), when the first rains are expected and with them a beginning of a decrease in temperature. Ivanneth is especially pleasant time in Lebennin, with clear blue skies. Narbeleth sees night-time temperatures really begin to drop, with crisp autumn days to accompany the main olive harvest throughout Lebennin. Even though most of Lebennin does not suffer from cold winters, these are still unpleasant; from Girithron to Nínui it rains almost daily. But spring always seems to come quickly.

Mentality


Men of Lebennin are well-to-do, brave and enterprising people. Their life revolves around the rivers and the Sea. Dúnedain of Lebennin think of themselves as the real descendants of the Faithful and upholders of the Númenorean traditions. They are inherently conservative. People north of Erui are rurals; northern armies are viewed with suspicion and some still bear grudge from the Kin-strife. Lebennin has very strong ties with Southern Ithilien, whose inhabitants share the same culture and outlook.

Government


The land is divided into five districts and further twenty counties. It is governed by a civilian governor (gwaron), appointed by the King among eligible noblemen put forth by the Lebennin Diet (an assembly of local noblemen), for a five-year term. He is assisted by a provincial procurator (brannon garn) and a large staff of clerks and judicial advisers. His direct subordinates are local district-governors (herdir), appointed for five, ten or fifteen years. Governor is responsible for taxation, public spending, and acting as the highest magistrate in the area in behalf of the King. He must be a member of the Council of Gondor. District-governors are usually knights or talented public servants with military or naval background.

The counties have dissimilar forms of local rule. Some are owned and administered by hereditary counts (hîratar) or are enfeoffed to marcher lords (rainhîr). Others are governed by local councils and independent townships.

Districts

Lebennivet: Legate of Lebennivet district, herdir Dunsûl, commander of the Corsair Shore Garrison. Divided into six counties: Balimur, Lindon, Daldor and Lanthiriath are collectively known as the Marches. They have been enfeoffed, with their substantial defense obligations, to three noblemen and one lady. County of Serni belongs to the exalted House of Serni. County of Arnbâd is a self-governed township with its extensive hinterland.
Celosien: Legate of Celosien district, hîr Belechor Harnastin-Celosien. Divided into five counties: Caragost, Enedhîr, Brethil, Imduin and Dol Calimir. Caragost is a march established against the men of the mountains, governed by lord Erlinion Caragost. Enedhîr, Brethil and Imduin are admistered by local judges and officials appointed by the provincial governor. Dol Calimir is a feudal county belonging to the noble House Calimir.
Arnach: Legate of the Arnach district, herdir Nimroch. Divided into four counties: Imloth Melui, Arthor, Orchaldor and Landor. They are all administered by officials appointed by the provincial governor.
Pelargir: Legate of the Pelargir district and condir of Pelargir Mordulin Orchaldor-Eldalótë.
Gilrain: Hîratar Argirion Dudhrandir, Lord Gilraen. Divided into four counties: Imlad Tathren, Gilraen, Lymen and Tumladen. Imlad Tathren is new march, continuation of the Corsair Shore. Gilraen is a feudal county belonging to count Argirion. Lymen is a self-governed township. County of Tumalden belongs to the noble House Curimardin.

Military


Lebennin is primary recruitment area for both the King's Corps and the Royal Navy. A few of the best line infantry companies in the King's forces are supported by men of Lebennin. It has been estimated that the province could muster 8,100 line infantry, 700 cavalry, 200 light cavalry in addition of 3,700 marines and sailors. Reserve regiments consists of 3,000 armoured spearmen and 6,000 supporting archers and skirmishers. These part-time soldiers are called upon to serve three months of the year, with occasional regular drills, but otherwise living as free peasants. In times of fiscal crisis, Gondor has declined to call reservists to arms at all.

Gondorian army forces in Lebennin are under the leadership of Commander of the Lebennin Territorial Corps, independent from civilian administration. Royal Navy are subordinated to rear- and flag-admirals of the Pelargir Fleet, and flag-admiral of the Linhir Fleet.

During the Kin-strife Lebennin was able to field 42,000 professional soldiers and 50,400 militia.

Places in Lebennin


Pelargir, Linhir, Gilrain, Lindon, Imlad Tathren, Lebennivet, Celosien, Arnach

Lebennin Diet


There are currently 96 members of the Council of Gondor in Lebennin. They constitute the Lebennin Diet, which convenes annually or biannually to converse and conspire what issues should be brought forward in the Great Council, and how to advance their cause. They are reinforced by three or four hundred knights, members of the noble households.
Exalted housesSerni (8), Orchaldor-Eldalótë (1), Harnastin-Celosien (1)
Noble housesCelosien (6), Curimardin (5), Brindalin (4), Lasbelin (4), Calimir (3), Herevorn (3), Luindol (3), Telerid (3), Telissering (3), Finwarin (3), Orchaldor (3), Talahir (3), Ithilorn (2), Morvegil (2), Dior (2), Glorlach (2), Hyrcanië (2), Tambaro (2), Drambor (2), Filigod (2), Malrach (2), Gilcúdor (1), Bassoneth-Celosien (1), Amaltar-Roval (1), Gildregad (1), Sindëman (1), Dudhrandir (1)
Marcher lordsMeldin Lebennivet, Erlinion Caragost, Elanor Orchaldor-Eldalótë
Military commandersNimroch Elendurion, Huadil of Bar Lymen, Laidil Curimardin, Cambril of Echorost, Dunsûl Lebennivet



COUNTIES, TOWNSHIPS AND STRONGHOLDS OF LEBENNIN

Name Type Location Allegiance Notes
PELARGIR
Pelargir City   Independent (Council of Pelargir) Supervised by condir of Pelargir
Enta Sirith Township   Independent (Council of Enta Sirith) Supervised by condir of Pelargir
Barad Aerhir Castle Pelargir Crown Offices of the Captain of the Ships
Barad Ithilnen Tower Anduin Legate of Pelargir district Headquarters of the Anduin barges
Minas Anduin Toll-castle Anduin City of Pelargir Headquarters of the Toll-Wardens
Barfalas Town and manor Anduin Legate of Pelargir district Home of Mordulin Orchaldor-Eldalótë
LEBENNIVET
Arnbâd County   Legate of Lebennivet Self-governed
Balimur March   ?  
Serni County   Count Coravar Serni  
Lindon March   Countess Elanor Orchaldor-Eldalótë  
Daldor March   Count Meldin  
Lanthiriath March   ?  
Balibogach Wood fort and dwelling Balimur Rebels Outlaw fortress, inhabited by smugglers
Gaersûl Fishing village Ethir Anduin Legate of Lebennivet  
Lorilad Fortified village Ethir Anduin Legate of Lebennivet  
Lindon Township Rathon Gondor Legate of Lebennivet  
Bar Annúnaid Township Rathon Gondor Legate of Lebennivet  
Minas Daldor Castle and village Central Lebennivet Count Meldin  
Fanuilond Township Ethir Anduin Legate of Lebennivet  
Methed Lebennin Beacon-tower and village Tol Lebennivet Prefect of Lebennin  
Gaeros Fortified village Gilrain estuary Legate of Lebennivet  
Lanthiriath Fishing village Gilrain estuary Legate of Lebennivet  
Bar Ethir Beacon-tower Ethir Anduin Coastal Navy  
Barad Vedui Beacon-tower Ethir Anduin Coastal Navy  
GILRAIN
Linhir Township Gilrain estuary Independent Self-governed
Imlad Tathren March   ?  
Gilraen County   Count Argirion Dudhrandir  
Lymen County   Hîr Huadil of Lymen  
Tumladen County   Count Arahil Curimardin  
Herevorn Village Gilrain valley Hîr Estel Herevorn  
Lond Tathren Village Gilrain valley Lord of Imlad Tathren  
Bar Lymen Castle and village Gilrain valley Lord of Lymen  
Bar Tumladen Village Tumladen valley Hîr Laidil  
Iaurost Castle and village Tumladen valley Count Arahil Curimardin  
CELOSIEN
Brethil County   Leage of Celosien  
Calimir County   Count Meneldil Calimir  
Enedhîr County   Legate of Celosien  
Caragost March   Hîr Erlinion of Caragost  
Imduin County   Legate of Celosien  
Minas Brethil Township Serni valley Legate of Celosien  
Echorost Township Sirith valley Hîr Cambril  
Bar Novond Tower and village Celos valley Hîr Sammathir Celosien  
Minas Imduin Castle Sirith valley Legate of Celosien  
ARNACH
Imloth Melui County   Legate of Arnach  
Arthor County   Legate of Arnach  
Orchaldor County   Legate of Arnach  
Landor County   Legate of Arnach  
Bar Luindol Township Erui valley Hîr Isilmo Luindol  
Minas Arthor Township Erui valley    
Minas Arnach Township Northern hills    
Bar Orchaldor Township Central Arnach Hîr Hurin Orchaldor  





Valid XHTML :: Valid CSS: :: Powered by WikkaWiki