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"Nurn" by Mark Fisher
General Information
LocationSouthern Mordor
DescriptionQuite fertile, with the sea of Nurnen in the middle of it
InhabitantsOrcs, Men

Nurn was the name given to the southern regions of Mordor, more fertile than Gorgoroth in the north, in which the great inland Sea of Núrnen lay.[1] The people who inhabited Nurn were Men and there may have been prisoners of war there as well. These people were enslaved by Sauron, working the soil around the sea of Nurn to feed Sauron's armies.

After the War of the Ring, King Elessar liberated the peoples of Nurn and gave them the land as their own. The southern region of Nurn probably escaped the destruction caused in northern Mordor by the eruption of Mount Doom.[2]

[edit] Etymology

Nurn, appearing in the compound Núrnen ("sad-water"), apparently means "sad" in Sindarin.[3][4]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2014: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor:

Nurn is a location in the game that the player can visit. Nurn was originally the domain of the Tribesmen of Nurn whom were descended from Corsairs who have settled around the Sea of Nurn following Gondor’s retreat hundreds of years before the events of the story.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"
  3. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 457
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, Index, Núrnen