In the great battle at the end of the First Age, most of the land west of the Blue Mountains was covered by the Sea. Most of the Edain who remained at that time set sail into the West, where they founded the island kingdom of Númenor, but some remained behind and passed back eastwards over the mountains. These people - mainly those of the golden-haired People of Hador - would give rise to a branch of Men known as the Middle Men or Middle Peoples. Though they came from the same original stock as the Dúnedain, they never travelled to Númenor or gained the special gifts of the Númenóreans. Their main descendants in later Ages were the Northmen and their kin, including the Rohirrim.
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