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The descent of the major branches of the race of 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'.

The youngest of the races of Arda (with the possible exception of Hobbits), the first Men awoke in the far eastern land of Hildórien as the Sun first rose and the Noldor returned from Valinor. Seeing the sunrise, many of the first Men set out westwards, and so came eventually to Beleriand after some three hundred years of wandering.

Men are unique in possessing the Gift of Men, Death, by which they leave the world after an allotted time and go beyond it.


See also...

Adanedhel, Afterborn, Aftercomers, Afteryule, Ainur, Aiwendil, Alfirin, Almaren, Aman, Amlach, Amon Amarth, Amon Rûdh, Angmar, Apanónar, Aradan, [See the full list...]

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