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General Information
LocationSoutheast of Mordor
RegionsMay have been many

Khand was the name of a land which lay to the south-east of Mordor and to the east of Near Harad.[1] The Men of Khand included the Variags.[2]

[edit] History

Little is known about Khand or its people, other than that they were allied to Mordor.

The people of Khand and of Rhûn seemed to have been enemies on and off throughout the ages, but made a peace treaty to unite together against Gondor. In T.A. 1944 it Men together with the Wainriders attacked Gondor.[3]

Years later, Variags from Khand joined the forces of Sauron during the War of the Ring.[2]

It is unknown if Khand was ever conquered by the Reunited Kingdom or if they remained independent. It is also unknown if Khand ever warred with the folk of the West after Sauron's demise.

[edit] Etymology

The meaning of Khand is unknown; it is, along with mûmak and Variag, one of the few known words from the languages of the Men of the East and allies of Sauron.[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Appendix on Languages", p. 79.