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Gondorians
People
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"Gondorian" by Liz Danforth
General Information
OriginsDescendants of Númenóreans
LocationsGondor, Ithilien
RivalriesCorsairs of Umbar, Wainriders
LanguagesGondor Sindarin, Westron
MembersDenethor, Boromir, Faramir
Physical Description
Lifespan80-110 years
Average heightAverage
GalleryImages of Gondorians

Gondorians was a name that referred to the inhabitants of Gondor.[1][2] Although the people of Gondor initially were entirely of Númenórean descent, called the Dúnedain of the South, they came to mingle with many different peoples, notably with the influx of Northmen from Rhovanion.[3]

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[edit] History

The gifts of the Númenóreans were slowly withdrawing since Elendil came to Middle-earth. A turning point was the Kin-strife, when many of the great were slain. King Eldacar, who himself had Northmannish blood, showed favor to the Northmen who supported him; many noble houses, including the royal House of Anárion were more mingled with the "lesser" Men.[4]

The second evil after the Kin-strife was the Great Plague that gratly diminished their numbers to the point of withdrawing from the fortresses and the watches over Mordor, and abandoning Osgiliath.[4]

[edit] Culture

The high men of the South married late in their life and had few children. Several of the Kings of Gondor were childless.[3]

Before meal, the Gondorians looked towards the West.[5]

[edit] Lifespan

In the Third Age, the lifespan of the Dúnedain was less than of their ancestors in Númenor; specifically after the end of the Kings of Gondor, the waning was even swifter. In contrast, their cousins, the Dúnedain of the North, maintained significant longevity.[6]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Gondorians, or Gondorian Commoners, are one of the cultures, suitable for player characters, that are given a detailed description. The Gondorians contain varying degrees of blood from Dúnedain, Northmen and Men from Harad and Dunland.[7][8]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 64, (dated 30 April 1944), also Letter 144, Letter 256
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
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  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Window on the West"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  7. S. Coleman Charlton (1993), Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, softcover) (#2001), p. 168
  8. Jason Beresford, Anders Blixt, Mats Blomqvist, Gunnar Brolin, Jeff Hatch, Tim Innes, Martin Rundkvist, Erik Ragvik, Olle Sahlin, Chris Seeman, Magnus Seter (1996), Southern Gondor: The People (#2020)