The Last King
A Short Glossary of Terms:
While obviously, it would be wonderful if everyone involved were a Tolkien scholar, and unhealthily obsessed with the completeness of their knowledge of Middle-Earth, that’s just not a reasonable thing. So, in order to help people get through this document without being completely lost and confused, as well as to help provide information on terms that might come up during gameplay, I’m compiling a short list of words, terminology, and such, along with explanations.
Immortal spirits, older than the world, who participated in the Great Music through which Eru revealed His great plan.
The Blessed Land, the earthly dwelling place of the Ainur, as well as the Vanyar and some Noldor.
The elvish name for the world, Earth – more broadly, the spheres of the world.
The north-kingdom of the Numenoreans in Exile.
One of the successor-states to the throne of Arnor, where the Line of Elendil was preserved.
Dark elves. Those who refused the Great Journey from Cuiviénen.
One of the successor-states of Arnor. Cardolan accepted the renewed claim of Kingship by the House of Elendil in Arthedain.
A land on the shore of a sheltered lake, beside which the elves first awoke, and lost long ago in the changing of the world.
Men of the West. Numenorians, descended from the Three Houses of the Edain (sing. Dúnadan).
The Three Houses of Men who entered into Beleriand during the First Age and aided the elves against Morgoth (sing. Adan).
The Firstborn, the elves (though strictly, the term is only applied to the Three Kindreds which embarked upon the Great Journey to the West).
The Queen of the Valar most loved by the Eldar. She created the stars and other lights, and her name is often invoked as a ward against the Shadow.
An island off the shores of Aman, home to the Teleri, the Sindarin mariners who did not turn aside when Elu Thingol was missing. Also Tol Eressea (Isle of Eressea).
Sindarin for ‘the lone lands’, this name is used for the region between the Ered Luin and the Misty Mountains. It was originally applied during the Black Years of the Second Age, when this area was largely depopulated after the assault on Eregion by the forces of Sauron.
The One. Also called Illuvatar. The Creator of the Ainur, Arda, and all that lies within it.
Rivendell. A sheltered valley in the Misty Mountains where Elrond Halfelven maintains a refuge. One of the strongholds of the elves.
The Five Wizards.
The Ainur of lesser power than the Valar, who entered Arda after its creation to assist in its stewardship (sing Maia)
King of the Valar, Lord of the West. The Most powerful of the Valar, and attuned to all things relating to air or the sky. Eagles are his messengers and servants.
Morgoth, the Great Enemy. Originally one of the most powerful of the Valar, Morgoth became obsessed with his own power and turned against the designs of Eru. He made war upon the Valar, and later against the Eldar. At the end of the First Age, Morgoth was defeated by the armies of the Valar and exiled into the Uttermost Dark that lies beyond the world.
Numbered among the Three Kindreds of the Eldar, the Nandor are those of the Sindar who abandoned the Great Journey before crossing the Misty Mountains. Most numerous of the Eldar, they are more commonly called ‘Silvan’, or ‘Wood Elves’. (sing. Nando)
One of the Three Kindreds of the Eldar; great craftsmen and stoneworkers. Sometimes called ‘High Elves’. The Noldor left Valinor to pursue vengeance upon Morgoth (sing. Noldo)
Also called Westernesse, Elenna, the Land of the Gift, the Land of the Star, and Atalante. A roughly star-shaped island in the middle of the ocean, raised to be a reward for the Edain at the end of the First Age. It was a center of learning and culture until its destruction when the world was changed.
Mount Doom. Where the One Ring was forged. You won’t need to worry about it during this campaign.
One of the seven Seeing Stones.
Sindarin for ‘halflings’, ie: Hobbits (sing: Perian).
Tobacco. Just tobacco. Of course, it also hasn’t been cultivated yet, so don’t worry about it.
The region east of Anduin, the Great River. Also called Wilderland.
One of the successor-states of Arnor. Rhudaur fell under the rule of lesser Men and came under the influence of the Shadow. It is allied with Angmar as an enemy of the reunited North Kingdom.
One of the three holy gems created by Feanor, which contain the light of the Two Trees before their destruction. The only remaining Silmaril rests on the brow of Earendil the Mariner as he guides his ship through skies. In Middle-Earth, Earendil’s star can be seen in the morning and evening skies (ie: Venus).
One of the Three Kindreds of the Eldar, renowned for their archery and music. The Sindar undertook the Great Journey, but most never reached Valinor, turning aside to search for their lost lord, Elu Thingol. Also called ‘Grey Elves’ (sing. Sinda).
The most powerful of the Ainur who entered Arda after its creation to guide its development (sing. Vala)
The dwelling-place of the Valar in Aman.
One of the Three Kindred of the Eldar. The Vanyar traveled with the Noldor to Valinor, but did not forsake the Blessed Realm to pursue Morgoth. Only seen in Middle-Earth when the Host of the Valar overthrew Morgoth at the end of the First Age. (sing Vanya)