Ramlond (Abârlôni)
The Walled Haven
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Population
800 T.A. 11 000
1200 T.A. 14 000
1450 T.A. 16 000
1600 T.A. 19 000
1650 T.A. 18 000
1810 T.A. 36 000
1944 T.A. 20 000
Location
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Places in Ramlond

Ramlond


Ramlond ("Walled Haven", Ad. "Abârlôni") is the largest town on the southern bank of the Ethir Harnen and is the main port of call for any ships visiting the area. Its docks are even more celebrated than those of Umbar, and its many pleasures are praised by sailors of all nations alike. A 50-foot tall wall surrounded the lower city and its artificial harbour, and it is well defended with a pair of strong gatehouses and twenty-two towers. Ramlond has a long history of competition with neighbouring Mírlond to the north. It is sharply divided into two independent districts: Abârlôni, the old Númenórean city on the high cliffs over the harbour and home of the ancient Adûnai aristocracy, and the Undertown, the black township were Haradrim work at the docks and warehouses.

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History


Since its founding in the mid-Second Age, Ramlond has been under the influence of Umbar. Númenóreans built the large walled harbour which is still in use and fortified the town associated with it shorty after the rebellion of Adûnaphel was suppressed, and by royal decree, a governor (asapthubêth) was appointed to rule the region around the Ethir. Little of note happened at Ramlond until Ar-Pharazôn landed in Umbar to confront Sauron. A squadron of Númenórean ships docked at Ramlond and unloaded a multitude of troops and engineers to reinforce local garrisons and construct new fortifications. The great wall which has given Ramlond its name is still known as Pharazôn's Wall. During the Great Armament, most of Ramlond's Númenórean soldiers left Middle-earth.

The town was the center of Ârûwânai influence in the area during the first millennium of the Third Age, belonging to the Umbarean League until 552 when it departed along with Zimralôni and Kadar an-Bêlabâr to form their own commonwealth of Zâyan an-Khârurush. When king Eärnil I conquered Umbar in 933, deposed Ârûwânai lords retreated to Ramlond and formed the Umbarean government-in-exile. It was fiercely defended and only fell to Hyarmendacil's forces in 1039 after a dual naval and land campaign.

Following the war, Ramlond resumed its trading activities. It became one of the more important port of southern Gondor and a bastion of the Traditionalist League. With Castamir's defeat and subsequent retreat of his family and followers to Umbar, many only made it as far as Ramlond. There they stayed and fell into poverty. Castamaitë, denied of his birthright, moved to Gobel Mírlond and organised many of the impoverished populace living around the Ethir Harnen to become corsairs and to attack Gondorian ships and territory. He was very successful and considerable wealth flowed into the city.

Angered by the increasing levels of piracy and coastal raiding, king Aldamir went to war with Corsairs and retook Harondor. In response, Castamaitë withdrew to Ramlond, making it his primary base while Mírlond was in Gondorian hands. Ramlond achieved fame as the foremost pirate stronghold in Harad. Following in Castamaitë's footsteps, his grandson Sangahyandion also used Ramlond as a base when he launched his successful invasion of Harondor which later led to establishment of the Grand Principality of Harnen in 1663.

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