Tales from Harondor
"Not all those who wander all lost." - - J.R.R. Tolkien
On Gondorian maps, Harondor has clearly defined borders: the Poros to the north, Ephel Dúath to the northeast, the Harnen to the south, and the Bay of Belfalas to the west. Thus it is the largest province in southern Gondor.Physically, culturally, and economically, however, Harondor has always been bound to the larger spheres of Near Harad and Umbar.Despite determined efforts by the Stewards and others to populate the country with Gondorians and to wall off outsiders, the history of Harondor has always turned on events occurring beyond the Harnen.
Harondor was once a richly populated realm, but generations of warring between Gondorian kings and the Rebel Lordship of Umbar have left the region a debatable and desert land. There are a few scattered towns and small-holdings, un-marked on most maps. This is a solitary land of southern desert and northern grassland; a man can ride for days and find no sign of civilisation. But neither is life as hard and ruthless as in Harad, where the dunes stretch for weeks in every direction.
In the the north, Harondor is divided from Gondor by a range of mountains named the Emyn Laer. The easiest way to travel from Harondor to Gondor is through a wide valley that cuts through this range. Soon after the traveller will encounter the Poros river and the Gondorian garrison of the Tir Ethraid which is built at a natural ford named the Crossings of Poros. The north-east border is truly impassible, blocked by the high Ephel Dúath mountains which mark the beginnings of Mordor.
To the west is the great sea, Belfalas and to the north-west the road to Dol Amroth, which leads through the pass of Cirith Dúnrandir to the prince's land of Dor-en-Ernil and eventually the citadel of Dol Amroth itself.
To the east lies the mysterious land of Khand, and the mostly nomadic Variag tribes within.
In the south-west, Harondor stretches all the way to Umbar; City of the Corsairs which is built on the shores of a natural inlet on the coast. To the far south is the Dune Sea, and the realm of Harad beyond.
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