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.


Ambush of the Rangers

Rangers of Ithilien in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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.[1]

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.[2][1]


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 games

Rangers of ithilin

Ithilien Ranger portrait in BFME 2

Ithilien 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
Czech Hraničáři
Danish Stifinderer af Ithilien
Italian Raminghi dell'Ithilien


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Four, Ch. IV: "Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Book Four, Ch. V: "The Window on the West"
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