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Men were one of the Kindreds of the Children of Ilúvatar. Men were called the Secondborn (or the Second Kindred) by the Elves, their Elder brethren, because they were the last of all the incarnate races to come into being. Though they were born after the other sentient races, Men were destined to inherit and rule Middle-earth.

Choosing a specific group of humans:

When men were made they split into several groups, some evil, some good and some neutral between which you have to pick.

  • Edain and Dúnedain
  • Black Númenóreans and Haradrim
  • Easterlings
  • Northmen
  • Dunlendings
  • Drúedain
  • Hobbits

Every single group was very different. They had different types of rule, different beliefs, different typers of armor and weapons and so on.

Edain and Dúnedain:[]

  1. Lifespan - Edain c. 80-100 years - Dúnedain c. Thrice the life of lesser men but later slightly diminished
  2. Average height - Dúnedain - 190cm (Average) - Edain - Shorter
  3. Dúnedain were superior to the other Men of Middle-earth in nobility of spirit and body.
  4. The Edain were noble in spirit, and their appearances differed between houses, although during the progress of the First Age, they mingled by the disasters of the War of the Jewels and intermarriage, so their differences became less marked.
  5. Dúnedain were tall, pale-skinned, with dark hair, shining grey eyes, and proud faces. Although the stature of those with Númenórean descent decreased from what it once was (more than 2 ranga), the Dúnedain were still about 2 ranga or 6'4" on average.

Black Númenóreans and Haradrim:[]

  1. Lifespan - Black Númenóreans - c. 200+ years - Haradrim - c. 80-100 years
  2. Average height - Black Númenóreans - over 2m (Average) - Haradrim - Tall
  3. In Middle-earth where they worshipped Sauron, the Black Númenóreans became "enamoured of evil knowledge" and some "learned great sorcery" under Sauron's tutelage. Some, like the Mouth of Sauron, had the potential to be more cruel than any Orc.
  4. Some, like the Mouth of Sauron, had the potential to be more cruel than any Orc.
  5. The Haradrim were described by a messenger as "cruel and tall", "a grim folk, and not easily daunted by shade or blade."
  6. The people of Far Harad are described as black-skinned, but there is also a group of them described as "black men like half-trolls with white eyes and red tongues" and "troll-men".


  1. The Easterlings were in general more primitive than Gondor. They were motivated by Sauron to hate Gondor and seek its riches.
  2. Troops mentioned in the Easterling forces aiding Sauron in the Third Age included swordsmen, spearmen, horsemen, mounted archers, and chariots ridden by chieftains.
  3. Some like the Wainriders and the Balchoth had large chariots, wagons and wains which they used to run their foes down, as well as live in and used to fortify their camps. During the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, Easterlings were bearded and used axes.


  1. Not all the Men who remained east of the Blue Mountains and Misty Mountains during the First Age were tempted by Morgoth or Sauron, and they were joined after the War of Wrath by those of the Edain who did not wish to travel to Númenor.
  2. The Northmen who dwelt in Greenwood the Great and other parts of Rhovanion were friendly to the Dúnedain, being for the most part their kin, and many of them became Gondorian subjects.
  3. The Men of Dale and Esgaroth were Northmen, as were the Woodsmen of Mirkwood, the tribe of skin-changers later known as Beornings, and the Éothéod, who became the Rohirrim or Horse Lords.


  1. In Enedwaith and Minhiriath (Sindarin for Land between the Rivers) lived a group of Men related to those Men that became the House of Haleth, and they were known as the Dunlendings.
  2. The ancestors of the Dunlendings were also the ancestors of the Haladin, the second of the Three Houses of the Edain who were reclusive, kept separate from the Bëorians or the Hadorians and their language was different from those spoken by the other Edain.


  1. Lifespan - Shorter
  2. Average height - 1.2m-1.5m
  3. In appearance, the Drúedain were short, stumpy-bodied men with thick short legs, possibly related to the Púkel-men of ancient Rohan. In build, stature, and endurance, they resembled the Dwarves.
  4. Their faces were considered "unlovely" in appearance by Elves and some Men, being wide-faced with heavy brows and flat noses.
  5. Their wide mouths were the most expressive of their usually impassive features. They had small, sunken eyes that were so black the pupils could not be distinguished, though their eyes glowed red when they were angry or suspicious.
  6. Their hair was sparse and lank, never growing below the eyebrows with the exception of some men who grew black tufts on their chins. The Drúedain spoke in deep, guttural voices, though their laughter was hearty and pleasantly contagious to other Men and even Elves.


  1. Lifespan - c. 100 years
  2. Average height - 100cm (Average)
  3. Hobbits were between three to four feet tall, the average height being 3 feet 6 inches (some seldom exceeded 3), with short legs, slightly pointed ears and furry feet with leathery soles, resulting in most never wearing shoes.
  4. The Stoors grew facial hair and had an affinity for water, boats and swimming and wore boots; the Fallohides were fair, tall and slim, an adventurous people, friendlier and more open to outsiders.
  5. Finally, the Harfoots were the most numerous and instituted the living in burrows. In later days the Harfoot traits became the "norm".