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Between the Rivers Gwathló to the north and Isen to the south
e'nedwaith ('ai' rhymes with English 'eye')
'(Land of the) Middle-folk'1


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The wide and empty land between the Kingdoms of the Dúnedain

Map of Enedwaith

The wide lands that lay between Arnor in the north and Gondor in the south. Originally deeply forested, the great forests of this region were cut down by the Númenóreans during the Second Age.



In the years after their founding, Enedwaith lay between Arnor to the north and Gondor to the south, and so the people who lived here were known as the 'middle-folk'. Though Enedwaith did not belong to either Kingdom, it was jointly administered by the Dúnedain, and the Wild Men who lived here ultimately did so under their control. Tolkien goes so far as to hint that, in the earliest days of the Two Kingdoms, Enedwaith was considered to fall within the boundaries of Gondor.

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