One of many names for the reclusive, mysterious race of Men who aided the Edain during the Wars of Beleriand, and later helped the Rohirrim on their ride to Gondor.
Their own word for themselves was Drughu, but the Elves adapted this into their own Sindarin language as Drû (from which the more common 'Drúedain' derives). From Sindarin, the word passed into Quenya, but again it was changed, and became Rú. From this comes the plural form 'Rúatani' ('Rú-Men') which is the direct Quenya equivalent of 'Drúedain'.
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