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Talk:Far Harad

Eazy, do you have any evidence for these descriptions of Haradrim? Just wanting to clarify. --Dwarf Lord 00:20, 2 December 2006 (EST)

I'd also like to know the source of these descriptions. I've been looking everywhere for info on these guys and got zilch. --nightpotato

I don't have time right now, but in a couple of days I could search for sources - the page needs an update in any case.--Morgan 07:05, 16 May 2011 (UTC)
The name "Far Harad" is extremely uncommon in the works of JRRT, and we therefore have to be careful about making too much out of this article: the name occurs once in LotR (RK:V6), and once in UT (II. The Istari), from what I can find. In the HoMe, I only found a mention of the term in The War of the Ring, pp. 369, 372, and 439.
Concerning two statements found in this article, both will be deleted since they cannot be extracted from any of the sources given above (except if one uses "over-interpretation"). These are:
  1. "The terrain consisted mostly of desert and a jungle."
  2. "Oliphaunts could be found in a great forest in Far Harad."
Perhaps they could be re-added in an altered form, like "it is possible that...", or something similar (but I would rather mention the oliphaunts only in the Harad article).
Myself, I added: [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] stated that [[Gandalf]] might have made a visit to Far Harad during one of his travels, but that it was too short a visit for there having "''acquired a special name''".<ref>{{UT|Istari}}</ref> Would this be over-interpretation too? :-) The full quote is:

"At any rate it seems unlikely that he ever journeyed or stayed long enough in the Harad (or Far Harad!) to have there acquired a special name in any of the alien languages of those little known regions."

The exclamation mark somehow suggests that it's very improbable that he ever visited Far Harad! ;-)

--Morgan 20:58, 16 May 2011 (UTC)

If I remember correctly there's a sentence somewhere in About the Rings of Powers in Silmarillion which says about the Black-NĂºmenoreans that they lived south of the Haradrim. I'll see if I can find the sentence. Maybe something interesting that could be added to the article. --Amroth 14:26, 17 May 2011 (UTC)