The Harnen as depicted on a terrain map released in conjunction with The Hobbit films

The river Harnen ("Southing" in Westron) was a river south of Gondor.

Description Edit

The Harnen formed the southern border of the contested land of Harondor, also known as south Gondor, and as such formed the southern border of Dúnedain influence. South of the Harnen lay the land of Near Harad.

Roughly 600 Númenórean miles long, it began in the Ephel Dúath of Mordor and then flowed southwest for about 350 miles, when it bent west and sped to Belegaer, which it entered in a wide delta.[1] The Great South Road into Harad crossed the Harnen shortly after it bent westwards. This road was used by Sauron's followers later in the Third Age.

In the first millennium of the Third Age, King Ciryaher stormed across the Harnen with a host of navy and ground forces, who came and routed the Men of the Harad. The Haradrim were thereafter compelled to acknowledge Gondor's rule over their people. Ciryaher thereafter took the name Hyarmendacil, meaning "South-victor".[2]

Etymology Edit

Harnen is Sindarin for "South water".

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 哈爾南河

References Edit

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