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First fortified by the Númenóreans in II 2280
The coasts of Middle-earth, to the south of Gondor
Variously held by the Númenóreans, the Black Númenóreans, the Gondorians, the Corsairs and the Haradrim
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Haven of Umbar

The seaport of the Corsairs

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A natural harbourage far to the south of the Bay of Belfalas. It was used by the Númenóreans during the Second Age, and it was here that Sauron surrendered himself to Ar-Pharazôn. Its history during the Third Age was turbulent; it eventually fell under the power of the Corsairs, enemies of Gondor, who continued to rule at the time of the War of the Ring.



The origin of the name Umbar is said to have been forgotten by the end of the Third Age. For further commentary and speculation on its interpreation, see the entry for Umbar.

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