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Haven of Umbar
Capital of the State of Umbar
The Halls of Tar-Calion
The Red Tower
Typical haradan tavern in Umbar
Drawing of Umbar from the Sea
800 T.A. 30 000
1200 T.A. 45 000
1450 T.A. 60 000
1600 T.A. 90 000
1650 T.A. 80 000
1810 T.A. 45 000
1944 T.A. 50 000
Places in Umbar


  Inns & Lodging

Haven of Umbar

The City of Umbar was founded in the middle of the Second Age, and it later became one of the chief Númenórean strongholds in Endor. Two excellent harbours and its proximity to landward trade routes ensured that the port grew quickly, despite the limits of its agricultural hinterland. Umbar is the most ancient continuously inhabited dwelling of Men in Middle-earth.

Development of the City

The original Númenórean city was surrounded by a wall in II 2280, as was the town of Vinyamar. Most of the haven's extant Númenórean fortifications date to the era of Ar-Pharazôn the Golden, who constructed a second wall (still visible) around Vinyamar during the war against Sauron. After the Akallabêth, continued Umbraean animosity towards Elendili of Gondor and Arnor, combined with constant internecine warfare and rebellions among the native Haradrim, negatively affected its growth, and Umbar's size remained quite constant during the Ancient Realm, between the downfall of Númenor and the Gondorian conquest. Not until after Hyarmendacil's victory did renewed mercantile activity return great prosperity to Umbar.

Umbarean houses are designed to allow for a maximum living space in the smallest possible area of land, averaging in three or four stories in height (altough most wealthier citizens own houses with private courtyards). Domiciles outside the second wall are generally more spacious. Many private residences in Umbar possess rainwater cisterns; the city itself has a large cistern system, in the event of siege, which is fed by several local artesian wells and an underground pipeline, the best existing example of Númenórean genius. The main cistern of Umbar lies beneath the city's central market place.


After the capture of the haven by Eärnil, several more fortifications were built, and the walls of the city and the town were rebuilt in a more modern gondorian style.

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