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27th Oct '17 7:09:51 PM fusilcontrafusil
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* EvilCounterpart: Umbar to Gondor and Arnor. It is the third, but also the oldest Numenorean realm in exile, and unlike the two kingdoms, was populated by Black Numenoreans loyal to Sauron.

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* EvilCounterpart: Umbar to Gondor and Arnor. It is the third, but also the oldest Numenorean realm in exile, and unlike the two kingdoms, was populated by Black Numenoreans loyal to Sauron. In the Battle of Pelennor Fields, the Harad cavalry to Rohan's.



* OneSteveLimit: Broken -- there was another group of Men called Easterlings in ''The Silmarillion''. There's no indication they were related; it was probably just a generic term for "barbarians" from the east.

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* OneSteveLimit: Broken -- there was another group of Men called Easterlings in ''The Silmarillion''. There's no indication they were related; it was probably just a generic term for "barbarians" Men from the east.



* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Haradrim in particular wear this hat.

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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Easterlings and Haradrim in particular wear this hat.



* VillainousValor: The Haradrim keep fighting after Sauron's defeat, which [[WorthyOpponent earns them Gondor's respect]].

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* SnakesAreSinister: The Haradrim chieftain in ''The Return of the King'' has a battle flag with a black serpent.
* VillainousValor: The Easterlings and Haradrim keep fighting after Sauron's defeat, which [[WorthyOpponent earns them Gondor's respect]].
15th Oct '17 12:20:44 PM SwampAdder
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Usually called "wizards." Not really a race, but certainly not part of any other race mentioned on this page. Unbeknownst to nearly everybody in Middle-earth, Istari are spirits sent in the form of old men to counsel the resistance to Sauron. Gandalf is the most prominent, being a major character in both ''Characters/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Characters/TheHobbit''. Saruman appears extensively in the latter, and Radagast is mentioned in the former and shows up in a flashback in the latter.

* AmbiguouslyHuman: Per ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', wizards are [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Maiar]]. However, Tolkien apparently reconsidered their nature as such, and what they are exactly is not mentioned in either ''The Hobbit'' or ''The Lord Of The Rings''.

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Usually called "wizards." Not really a race, but certainly not part of any other race mentioned on this page. Unbeknownst to nearly everybody in Middle-earth, the Istari are spirits sent in the form of old men to counsel the resistance to Sauron. Gandalf is the most prominent, being a major character in both ''Characters/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Characters/TheHobbit''. Saruman appears extensively in the latter, and Radagast is mentioned in the former and shows up in a flashback in the latter.

* AmbiguouslyHuman: Per ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', wizards are [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Maiar]]. However, Tolkien apparently reconsidered their nature as such, and what they are exactly is not mentioned explained in either ''The Hobbit'' or ''The Lord Of The Rings''.



* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Despite their appearance as bent old men with long beards, the Appendices hint and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' explicitly states that Istari are Maiar sent from Valinor to assist the Free Peoples in resisting Sauron. Maiar are the rough equivalents of Christian angels in Arda. However, there is evidence that Tolkien was reconsidering their status as such.

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* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Despite their appearance as bent old men with long beards, the Appendices hint and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' explicitly states that Istari are Maiar sent from Valinor to assist the Free Peoples in resisting Sauron. Maiar are the rough equivalents of Christian angels in Arda. However, there is evidence that Tolkien was reconsidering their status as such.
1st Oct '17 7:56:19 AM CrimsonZephyr
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* EvilCounterpart: Umbar to Gondor and Arnor. It is the third, but also the oldest Numenorean realm in exile, and unlike the two kingdoms, was populated by Black Numenoreans loyal to Sauron.
30th Sep '17 4:51:04 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* {{Cincinnatus}}: Their effective ruling line, the Stewards, actually boasted that they have never declared themselves king, though it must be noted that this has less savory parallels. After all the emperors of Rome ('''imperator''' is simply a military term, like "commander") never declared themselves king either.

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* {{Cincinnatus}}: Their effective ruling line, the Stewards, actually boasted that they have never declared themselves king, though it must be noted that this has less savory savoury parallels. After all the emperors of Rome ('''imperator''' is simply was originally a military term, like "commander") never declared themselves king either.either... technically. In the Greek speaking world, which was much less shy of autocrats, the Emperor was commonly and informally (later formally) referred to as the ''basileus'', a Greek word translated as 'King', which came to mean Emperor in the Byzantine period.
24th Sep '17 1:39:58 PM Theriocephalus
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* OurGiantsAreBigger: And certainly more botanical.

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* OurGiantsAreBigger: And certainly more botanical. As a side note, the word "Ent" comes from an Old English word meaning "giant", and is linguistically related to "ettin" and "jotunn".


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* {{Treants}}: The {{Trope Maker}}s. In-universe, the Ents were explicitly created by the nature goddess Yavanna to protect the wilderness from the axes of civilization (and to keep the trees from becoming homicidal). They have an odd sort of immortality: they don't age and live more or less forever, but over time become stiffer, sleepier and more "treeish", rooting themselves and not stirring for increasingly long periods, eventually becoming indistinguishable from normal trees. They still live extremely long before this happens, giving them a very patient and long-term view on things: they consider reaching a decision after three days of continuous debate almost unseemly hasty.
** In a mild case of UnbuiltTrope, they have a number of characteristics later imitations lack, such as a highly variable numbers of fingers and toes and a form of gender dimorphism: male Ents live in deep forests and guard nature like later examples, but the women, the Entwives, favor agriculture and farmlands and resemble various crops and domestic trees, and were the ones who taught agriculture to early Men.
** There is also some debate about their appearance while the Peter Jackson movies popularized the "humanoid tree" image, in Tolkien's writing they're more humanoid, generally being described as giant- or troll-like beings who come to resemble trees as they age. In fact, the word "ent" is derived from an Old English word meaning "giant", and is linguistically related to "ettin" and "jotunn". However, they are stated elsewhere in Tolkien's writings to have originated as sprits that entered the world by inhabiting or mimicking trees, giving more support to an interpretation of them as literal humanoid trees.
** There are also the Huorns, which are creatures that start out as normal trees and gradually "wake up" in a sort of reverse process to the Ents growing treeish, growing more mobile and aware. They're just as protective of their forests and distrustful of intruders as true Ents, but can be much more malevolent and dangerous. A part of the Ents' job is to corral and calm the Huorns and keep them from becoming too much of a danger to others, hence the Ents being also know as the Shepherds of the Trees.
23rd Sep '17 2:06:36 PM Carliro
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* InexpicablyAwesome: What they are exactly is never explained. Possible explanations range from being atypical clever (but non-sapient) birds to [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Maiar]] to extensions of Manwë.

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* InexpicablyAwesome: InexplicablyAwesome: What they are exactly is never explained. Possible explanations range from being atypical clever (but non-sapient) birds to [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Maiar]] to extensions of Manwë.Manwë.
* NobleBirdOfPrey: Very firmly on the side of good, even if hands off about it.
23rd Sep '17 2:05:44 PM Carliro
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* InexpicablyAwesome: What they are exactly is never explained. Possible explanations range from being atypical clever (but non-sapient) birds to [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Maiar]] to extensions of Manwë.
23rd Sep '17 2:01:44 PM Carliro
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* OurElvesAreBetter: The template for modern fantasy elves, being neither the divine beings of Myth/NorseMythology nor the little pixies of Victorian time, but essentially unfallen humans. A lot of characteristics assumed in posterior works [[UnbuiltTropes are already addressed here]], however: in spite of their superiority in many aspects, elves are still prone to mistakes and outright evil, and their immortality is treated as a curse.

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* OurElvesAreBetter: The template for modern fantasy elves, being neither the divine beings of Myth/NorseMythology nor the little pixies of Victorian time, but essentially unfallen humans. A lot of characteristics assumed in posterior works [[UnbuiltTropes [[UnbuiltTrope are already addressed here]], however: in spite of their superiority in many aspects, elves are still prone to mistakes and outright evil, and their immortality is treated as a curse.



* AmbiguouslyHuman: Per ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', wizards are [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Maiar]]. However, Tolkien apparently reconsidered their nature as such, and what they are exactly is not mentioned in either ''The Hobbit'' or ''The Lord Of The Rings''.



* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Despite their appearance as bent old men with long beards, the Appendices hint and WordOfGod explicitly states that Istari are Maiar sent from Valinor to assist the Free Peoples in resisting Sauron. Maiar are the rough equivalents of Christian angels in Arda.

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* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Despite their appearance as bent old men with long beards, the Appendices hint and WordOfGod ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' explicitly states that Istari are Maiar sent from Valinor to assist the Free Peoples in resisting Sauron. Maiar are the rough equivalents of Christian angels in Arda. However, there is evidence that Tolkien was reconsidering their status as such.
23rd Sep '17 1:57:25 PM Carliro
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* CantArgueWithElves: ''"And it is also said," answered Frodo: "'Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.'"''

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* CantArgueWithElves: ''"And it is also said," answered Frodo: "'Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both no and yes.'"'''"'' Averted, however, since elves are shown to be able to be as stupid and self-destructive as anyone else.


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* OurElvesAreBetter: The template for modern fantasy elves, being neither the divine beings of Myth/NorseMythology nor the little pixies of Victorian time, but essentially unfallen humans. A lot of characteristics assumed in posterior works [[UnbuiltTropes are already addressed here]], however: in spite of their superiority in many aspects, elves are still prone to mistakes and outright evil, and their immortality is treated as a curse.
21st Sep '17 7:28:13 AM WolfMattGrey
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* NoiselessWalker: They pride themselves on being able to walk very quietly when they want to. Bilbo once sneaked up on trolls to steal a purse, and would have succeeded if the purse didn't squeak.
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