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Entered Beleriand between I 310 and I 313, sailed west to Númenor in II 32
The Sindarin form of the Quenya Atani, 'Second People' (that is, Men)
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The name given by the Elves to the Three Houses of Men who first came to the lands west of the Blue Mountains and fought alongside them in the Wars of Beleriand. Whereas Edain is strictly Elvish for all Men, it is normally only applied to those of the Three Houses who remained faithful to the Elves and were given the island of Elenna (Númenor) as a reward.

The Three Houses of the Edain, in the order in which they came to Beleriand, were:

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