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  • Updated 17 January 2004
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A southern region of Middle-earth

A land or region to the south of Gondor and Mordor. The name is taken from the people who lived there, and literally means 'South-folk'. We have very few direct references to Haradwaith, so its borders and extent are difficult to estimate. It may be a broad term, identical in meaning to the more common Harad. However, the few references we do have all seem to refer to the seaward lands around Umbar, so the name may relate specifically to this area.

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