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Dates
Gondor was founded in II 3320, and was still extant during the Fourth Age
Location
The lands running westward between the White Mountains and the Bay of Belfalas, as far west as the course of Lefnui
Origins
Part of the South-kingdom of the Dúnedain founded by Isildur and Anárion after the Downfall of Númenor
Race
Division
Culture
Family
Ruled by Kings of the House of Elendil, and later by Stewards of the House of Húrin
Settlements
Calembel, Erech, Ethring (and potentially also Linhir and Pelargir, though the range of land covered by 'Western Gondor' is not definitively established)
Sources
Numerous rivers had their sources in the White Mountains and ran southward through this area
Passes
Pronunciation
Gondor is pronounced 'go'ndorr' (the final 'r' should be pronounced - 'rr' is used here to emphasise this)
Meaning
Gondor means 'land of (the people of) stone'

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Western Gondor

The provinces of Gondor westward from Minas Tirith

A term for those parts of the land of Gondor that lay to the westward of Minas Tirith, encompassing the hills and plains between the White Mountains to the north and the Bay of Belfalas to the south. A road ran through at least some of this region, starting at Erech in the Morthond Vale and leading the long route eastward between the mountains and the Sea, running toward distant Pelargir and Minas Tirith in Gondor's more populated lands.

The term 'Western Gondor' is not clearly defined, so we cannot definitively place its eastern boundary, but its western border was marked by the river Lefnui, which marked Gondor's farthest western extent. From there, eastward to the river Morthond, was a wide but little-populated land known as the Anfalas or Langstrand. To the east, the Anfalas came to an end at the valley of the river Morthond or Blackroot, running down past Erech down to Edhellond on the coast.

Eastward of the Morthond Vale, more densely populated regions were found. In the vales of the White Mountains to the north lay Lamedon, while southward on the coastline was Belfalas and the fortress of Dol Amroth. Lamedon and Belfalas were separated from one another by the course of the cold river Ringló as it ran down from the mountains.

Eastward beyond this point lay Lebennin and Lossarnach, but these were regions close to the capital and major cities of Gondor. Whether these lands would be considered part of 'Western Gondor' is a matter of definition (they lay westward of Minas Tirith, but well within the eastern parts of the realm). By the time an east-bound traveller reached Lossarnach, or Pelargir on Anduin, they would have left the wilder lands of Western Gondor far behind them.


See also...

Duinhir

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