Thinking of the Sun-Lands

Rhûn is the Sindarin word for “East” (Quenya is “romen”), also known as The East and Eastlands, is a large region in the far eastern part of Middle-earth. Little is known of its geography and inhabitants but what we can read in the Silmarillion and the History of Middle Earth. It is supposed to be a desert area, in the Second and Third age it was mainly populated by dark men called Easterlings, but in ancient times these lands were inhabited by lost Elves, Avari and Úmanyar, and four of the seven clans of the Dwarves. East of Sea of Rhûn is another inland sea, the Sea of Helcar, and beyond that the mountains called Orocarni, or Red Mountains. Further east lay Cuiviénen and Hildórien, where Elves and Men first awoke
rhunmapThe Úmanyar were a branch of the Moriquendi. While both Avari and Úmanyar never saw the light of Valinor, the Avari refused to follow Orome west, and stayed near Cuivienen, while those called Úmanyar started the journey but never got to see the western sea, by getting sidetracked, or choosing to settle in a certain territory rather than following Orome into the west. The main groups of Úmanyar were the Sindar (the people of Thingol in Beleriand) and the Nandor (a group that left the Journey east of the Misty Mountains), it is also implied that there were others of the Úmanyar to be found elsewhere in Middle-earth, given the many sunderings that took place during the Great Journey from Cuivienen, and also the internal sunderings of the tribes of Avari.32-9340-29This elf is a member of one of the Avarin tribes established on the plains betwen the Orocarni and the Sea of Rhun. Many years have passed since they made their home here, so long ago that the Sun didn’t exist still. The rising of the Sun was an event of wonder, for the first time the Elves of Rhȗn saw their golden land in the daylight, and made it the emblem of their tribe.
(update: as pointed out in a mail sent by a reader, making this elven maid one of the Avari would have been more appropriate than her being Úmanyar; being that far east, it is more likely that Avarin tribes were to be found in the lands between Cuivienen and Rhûn, where they developed their own culture and beliefs, while most of the other group travelled west and crossed the Misties. I think I got carried away too much with my speculation and made a bit of a confusion, do forgive me XD)

**map excerpt from the Atlas of Middle Earth

head: Lore-keeper’s hat, classic skirmish barter

shoulders: Nestadbellas, volume 3 epic quest reward

chest: Ceremonial Thunderstruck shirt, Lalia’s market, runekeeper moors chestpiece

gloves: Fur-lined Storyteller’s Gloves, Dunland quest reward

legs: Ceremonial Thunderstruck Trousers, Lalia’s market, runekeeper moors leg piece

feet: Boots of the Wall-Warden, sienna dye, classic skirmish barter

back: Torahammas cloak, white dye, crafted or ceremonial version at Lelia market


2 thoughts on “Thinking of the Sun-Lands

  1. What a nice outfit, and great lore, as usual:) It’s always interesting with unknown, unexplored lands, it makes me want to ride off myself on a horse and just explore. Sometimes I wish I was born a couple of centuries earlier, I would most certainly have gone off exploring Asia or Africa or something:)

    • thanks Adventurer! well I did add something personal to the story of the post, and tried to tie it with Tolkien lore, but I tend to get carried away with unexplored territory, so if anyone notices something incongruent, please correct me! 😀

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