Region of Rhovanion

GEOGRAPHY: Rhovanion is a large and largely untamed area of scrub and scattered woodlands. Its southern borders reach down to the Ash Mountains, and its northern borders to Dale. Its width, though not quite so great as its height, straddles between the Greenwood and, when Dorwinion is included, to the Sea of Rhûn. It is teeming with wildlife and, in some parts, prowl the dread Wargs. Fertility, though not poor, is not as rich as that found to the west in the region of Dale. In the northeast of the region lies the fertile land of Dorwinion, where rich vineyards grow.

HISTORY: Most of the region had often been invaded, and even settled, by Easterlings before the Fourth Age. More recently, however, it has been free from such colonies, though it was attacked not long ago from the East. However, when the invaders became weakened by their battles with the armies of the Reunited Kingdom and Rohan, the population of Rhovanion rose up and threw off the Easterling taskmasters. It was this act, and perhaps the apparent failure of the Reunited Kingdom to protect them, that led to Rhovanion declaring independence and thus the creation of that kingdom.

INHABITANTS: The indigenous Rhovanion people - hunters and trappers in the main - are chiefly of Northman stock, but some Easterling blood flows through their veins in the more southerly parts beyond Dorwinion. Hence, though they are followers of the ways of the Men of the West in the main, they are nevertheless more susceptible to the ways of the Men of Darkness than their brethren in the north.

FEATURES: None.

SETTLEMENTS: Belegant, Ereb Gobel, Iâth-in-Rhaw, Lith Morchant, and Rhovanost.

FORTS: None.

FIEFS: The Fief of Rhovanion comprises the lands of Rhovanion, Eastern Rhovanion, Western Rhovanion, and Southern Rhovanion. The Fief of Dorwinion comprises the land of Dorwinion.


DEVELOPER'S NOTE: Rhovanion was, in Middle-earth, a term used to describe all the lands east of the Misty Mountains and north of Mordor. Here we have used the term to define a much smaller area of wilderland. Belegant ("mighty ?"), Ereb Gobel (""), Iâth-in-Rhaw (""), Lith Morchant ("Ash ?"), and Rhovanost ("city of ") are all additions for gameplay purposes and not part of the lore of Middle-earth.