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"Gondorian" by Liz Danforth
General Information
Other namesDúnedain of the South, Stone-folk, Stonehouse-folk
OriginsNúmenóreans, partly Northmen and Pre-Númenóreans
RivalriesEasterlings, Haradrim, Corsairs of Umbar, Wainriders, Balchoth
LanguagesGondor Sindarin, Westron
MembersDenethor, Boromir, Faramir
Physical Description
LifespanThrice the life of lesser men but later considerably diminished[1]
Average height2 rangar, later diminished
GalleryImages of Gondorians

Gondorians was a name that referred to the inhabitants of Gondor.[2][3] Although the people of Gondor initially were entirely of Númenórean descent, called the Dúnedain of the South, they came to mingle with many different peoples, notably with the influx of Northmen from Rhovanion.[4]



The gifts of the Númenóreans were slowly withdrawing since Elendil came to Middle-earth. A turning point was the Kin-strife, when many of the great were slain. King Eldacar, who himself had Northmannish blood, showed favour to the Northmen who supported him; many noble houses, including the royal House of Anárion were more mingled with the "lesser" Men.[4]

The second evil after the Kin-strife was the Great Plague that greatly diminished their numbers to the point of withdrawing from the fortresses and the watches over Mordor, and abandoning Osgiliath.[4]


The high men of the South married late in their life and had few children. Several of the Kings of Gondor were childless.[4]

Gondorian ships were usually black and silver in colour.[5]

Before meal, the Gondorians looked towards the West.[6]


In the Third Age, the lifespan of the Dúnedain was less than of their ancestors in Númenor; specifically after the end of the Kings of Gondor, the waning was even swifter. In contrast, their cousins, the Dúnedain of the North, maintained significant longevity.[7]

Portrayal in adaptations

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Gondorians, or Gondorian Commoners, are one of the cultures, suitable for player characters, that are given a detailed description. The Gondorians contain varying degrees of blood from Dúnedain, Northmen and Men from Harad and Dunland.[8][9]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 64, (dated 30 April 1944), also Letter 144, Letter 256
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion"
  5. Daniel Helen, "Tolkien’s annotated map of Middle-earth transcribed" dated 10 November 2015, The Tolkien Society (accessed 5 August 2018)
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Window on the West"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  8. S. Coleman Charlton (1993), Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, softcover) (#2001), p. 168
  9. Jason Beresford, Anders Blixt, Mats Blomqvist, Gunnar Brolin, Jeff Hatch, Tim Innes, Martin Rundkvist, Erik Ragvik, Olle Sahlin, Chris Seeman, Magnus Seter (1996), Southern Gondor: The People (#2020)