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Dates
Founded after the division of Arnor in III 861; lasted until at least III 13561
Location
The eastern parts of the lands formerly occupied by Arnor, between the Weather Hills and the Misty Mountains
Origins
One of three kingdoms formed from the breakup of Arnor
Race
Division
Originally Dúnedain, though Rhudaur was quickly taken over by Hill-men
Pronunciation
rhoo'dowr
Meaning
'east forest'2

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Rhudaur

Eastern kingdom of the Dúnedain

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The easternmost of the three kingdoms created by the division of Arnor, lying beneath the Misty Mountains in the northeast of Eriador.


Notes

1

Not only is it very difficult to date the ending of the realm of Rhudaur, but it's actually difficult to define what 'ending' might mean in this context. We do know that the line of its original rulers, the Dúnedain, quickly came to an end, and it was taken over by a tribe of Hill-men who allied themselves with Angmar. However, Rhudaur certainly continued as a political entity past this point.

It is last mentioned in annals in the year III 1356, when Argeleb I, then King of Arthedain, fell to its forces. Its ally Angmar enjoyed an ascendancy over the following centuries, so presumably Rhudaur also thrived at this time. Eventually, in III 1975, Angmar fell to the Gondorians, and it seems fair to speculate that Rhudaur's end came at this time, too.

2

The 'forest' referred to in Rhudaur's name must presumably be the Trollshaws, the only wooded area in this region. The fact that it gave its name to an entire country seems to hint that the forest was rather larger in the past, but there is no direct historical evidence for this.

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