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'Hither' refers to the lands on this1 side of the Sea, as opposed to the distant Undying Lands
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Hither Lands

The lands east of the Great Sea

Map of Middle-earth
The Hither Lands (Middle-earth) at the time of the War of the Ring

A name for Middle-earth; the lands of mortals as opposed to Aman, the Undying Lands.



It stands to reason that the name 'Hither Lands' would only make sense used by a speaker or writer within Middle-earth itself. Beings who dwelt in the Blessed Realm of Aman, beyond the western shores of the Sea, used a different term: they called the lands over the Sea the Outer Lands.

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