The Rangers of Ithilien, or Rangers of the South, much like their distant cousins in the North, were a military group whose purpose was to defend Ithilien, south of Minas Tirith, to prevent Haradrim and Orcs from entering Gondor.
The Rangers were selected from the descendants of the people who had dwelt in Ithilien before it fell from Gondor's control in TA 2901, at which time the refuge of Henneth Annûn, which became a primary base for the Rangers, was constructed.
By the time of the War of the Ring, the Rangers often conducted ambushes against the Haradrim, attacked Orc scouts, and protected the old road from Minas Morgul to Osgiliath. Their chief at the time of the War of the Ring was Faramir, Captain of Gondor, and among those who served under Faramir were Mablung, Damrod, and Anborn.
They were camouflaged in green and brown cloaks, and fought chiefly by stealth. They often crossed the Anduin in secret to harass forces of the Enemy in Gondor's old domain. They were known for their proficiency with the bow, and agility and stealth were said to be on par with the Elves, whom they had only heard of in stories.
Portrayal in adaptations
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movie trilogy has an original Ranger of Ithilien named Madril, played by John Bach. He serves as Faramir's lieutenant. He helps defend Osgiliath, but is fatally injured and is eventually killed by Gothmog with a spear-thrust. New Zealand actor Alistair Browning played Damrod.
Video gamesIthilien Rangers are elite archer units of the Men of the West faction in Electronic Arts' The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||伊西利安遊俠|
|Danish||Stifinderer af Ithilien|