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Founded III 2510; still extant during the Fourth Age
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North of Gondor
Meaning
'Borderland',1 a contraction of 'Riddermark', 'borderland of the Riders'
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The Mark

The name among the Rohirrim for their own land

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A shortening of Riddermark, the common name for the land of Rohan among the Rohirrim themselves.


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The word 'Mark' comes from Old English mearc, which would presumably have been the form familiar to the Rohirrim themselves. It signifies a borderland, especially a land that protected the heartland of another realm (as the Mark of Rohan did Gondor). The name is cognate with 'Mercia', the name of an old Anglo-Saxon kingdom in central England, and also appears, for example, in 'Denmark', the 'borderland of the Danes'.

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