19565Re: Population Levels in Middle-earth
- Mar 7, 2008---"Larry Swain" <theswain@...> wrote:
<< Some areas of Middle-earth are fairly populated. Gondor is far
more populated than we see, though there are a good number of hints.
Rohan likewise, and Dunland certainly has population enough to harry
Rohan and be Saruman's suppliers to the Shire. >>
Good point about Dunland, though Aragorn says, "I have never been in
Isengard, but I have journeyed in this land, and I know well the
empty countries that lie between Rohan and the Shire. Neither goods
nor folk have passed that way for many a long year, not openly." His
Rangers on the Shire's southern border must have been careless, if
they haven't noticed any traffic going south from Sarn Ford.
And Gondor, or at least Minas Tirith, is less than it was:
"Yet it was in truth falling year by year into decay; and already it
lacked half the men that could have dwelt at ease there. In every
street they passed some great house or court over whose doors and
arched gates were carved many fair letters of strange and ancient
shapes: names Pippin guessed of great men and kindreds that had once
dwelt there; and yet now they were silent, and no footsteps rang on
their wide pavements, nor voice was heard in their halls, nor any
face looked out from door or empty window."
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