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The Followers; a name for Men

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The descent of the major branches of the race of the Hildor (Men) and related peoples. Note that, though the Drúedain and Hobbits are established as belonging to branches of the race of Men, and must therefore have descended from the first people to have awoken in Hildórien, the precise details of their descent remain unknown.

The descent of the Northmen was rather more involved than this simple diagram can show. For more on this subject, see the entry for 'Northmen'.

One of the many names among the Elves for the race of Men, variously translated as 'The Followers' or 'The Aftercomers'. Though the Elves had many names for Men, Hildor seems to have been the most prominent for the entire race (as opposed to the Edain, a name reserved for those who allied themselves with the Elves of Beleriand). The far eastern land where the first Men awoke took its name from this term, becoming known as Hildórien, the 'land of the Followers'. It was there that Melkor came to the first Men and beguiled them, casting a shadow on the Younger Children of Ilúvatar that extended back to the beginnings of that people, though many afterwards joined the Elves in their war against the Dark Lord.

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