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Southern Fiefs

Southern Fiefs
General Information
Other namesOutlands
LocationSouth and west Gondor
DescriptionCoastlands south of the White Mountains
InhabitantsNúmenórean, Pre-Númenórean

The Southern Fiefs or Outlands of Gondor were the provinces of the South-kingdom.

These seaboard lands along the Bay of Belfalas provided much of Minas Tirith's needs: fish from the Ethir, flowers from Lossarnach, and at earlier times, stone from Anórien. The fiefs also provided skilled soldiers.

By the late Third Age, most regions of Gondor were either deserted or overrun and only the Southern Fiefs remained. During the War of the Ring, the Outlands are under attack from the south by a large army of Corsairs from Umbar, allies of Mordor, and they sent small reinforcements to Minas Tirith.[1]

The Southern Fiefs were:

[edit] Etymology

A fief is, in feudalism, a piece of inheritable land given to a vassal. The vassal returned this gift with (military) allegiance and/or revenue.

[edit] See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"