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The region of South Gondor became a debatable land between the Corsairs and the Kings.

The Return of the King, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers

Harondor, commonly also known as South Gondor, is a heavily contested semi-desert area located in the south of Ithilien, and north of Harnedor. It is bordered by the rivers Poros and Harnen in north and south respectively, and by the impressive Ephel Dúath mountain range of Mordor and the 'wide emptiness' of Lostladen to the east.

Although Rangers of Ithilien patrol the region, the warriors of Harnedor are also present here, hellbent on driving the Men of Gondor from their ancestral homeland. As conflict poses a continuous threat to any traveller, no Travelling Traders frequent this land, and not even Oddment Collectors drop by for a bargain.

The environment of Harondor is similar to the vanilla plains biome with scatterings of stone and sand, and the occasional tree. Players should be wary of entering this biome, as both good and evil aligned players will see battle here. Because of its border with the sea, it is possible to bypass this area by use of a boat or barrel.

Once upon a time, Harondor was the homeland of the Harnedhrim, but they were challenged when Gondor was founded. The Gondorians took over the land and attempted to completely remove the Harnedhrim from it, forcing them to the lands of Harnedor. The Harnedhrim are only now capable of an attempt to take their home back, and the charred remnants of their ancient homes can still be found here.

Upon entering Harondor one gains the achievement: "Southward Bound."

Variants Edit

  • Standard - Normal Harondor biome. Small clusters of trees and stone boulders dot the landscape.
  • Forest - Forest covered lands.
  • Light Forest - Lightly forested lands.
  • Steppe - A flat landscape of grassy plains.
  • Barren Steppe - These barren plains stretch over vast area's and have even less vegetation.
  • Hills - A hilly landscape with a higher average elevation.
  • Forested Hills - A landscape with forest covered hills.
  • Oak Shrublands - Forest covered lands with a lower tree density than regular forests, but with a very thick undergrowth of shrubs.
  • Scrubland - Scrublands are typically areas with very poor, sandy and/or rocky soil. This results in very little tree growth and the vegetation is dominated by low growing scrubs (stunted trees / shrubbs) and bushes.
  • Scrubland Hills - The scrubland hills are a hilly type of scrubland.
  • Wasteland - Wasteland is a very barren biome and can vast stretches of the terrain consist of barren rock. The soil is generally very poor and vegetation is sparse. The landscape can both consist of flat plains and rolling hills.

Structures Edit

The Harnedhrim have begun to return here, setting up watchtowers to guard against the rangers and returning to the ruins of their old villages. At this time, the Rangers of Ithilien have built nothing here, but remnants of Gondorian rule are still clearly present.

Mobs Edit

Harondor is a biome highly contested between the Rangers of Ithilien and the Southron Warriors.

Mining Edit

Beneath Harondor all the normal ores can be found, but lapis lazuli is exclusive to this biome and the rest of Near Harad.

Vegetation Edit

The dry grass, sandy soils and the presence of cacti and dead bushes show that Harondor is a relatively dry and warm land. Despite the draught, desert oaks are found very commonly, and the landscape and vegetation density is quite variable, especially in the north. Both vast treeless steppes and forested hills can be found throughout the area, and rivers carve out deep beds in the poor, sandstone supported soil. Majestic cedars dominate the forests, and various citrus trees can be found as colourful and nourishing gems.


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Biomes of the Lord of the Rings Mod
List by Alphabet
A-B:

AndrastAngleAngmarBarrow-downsBlackroot ValeBlue MountainsBree-landBrown Lands

C-D:

ChetwoodColdfellsDagorladDaleDead MarshesDol GuldurDor-en-ErnilDorwinionDrúwaith IaurDunland

E-H:

East BightEastern DesolationEmyn MuilEnedwaithEreborEregionEriadorEryn CaranEryn VornEttenmoorsFangornFar Harad (Bushland, Jungle, Mangrove, Savannah, Swampland, Volcano) • Field of CelebrantForodwaithGladden FieldsGondorGorgorothGrey MountainsHarad MountainsHarondor

I-L:

Iron HillsIslandIthilienLamedonLebenninLindonLone-landsLong MarshesLossarnachLothlórien

M-P:

MeneltarmaMidgewaterMinhiriathMirkwood (Northern) • Misty MountainsMordorMordor MountainsMorgulduinMorgul ValeMouths of AnduinMouths of EntwashNan CurunírNan UngolNear Harad (Fertile) • NindalfNorthern ForestNorthlandsNúrnOld ForestOrocarniPelargirPelennor FieldsPertorogwaithPinnath Gelin

Q-T:

RhúdelRhûnRivendellRocky CoastlineRohanSea of NúrnenSwanfleetThe SeaThe ShireTolfalasTrollshaws

U-Z:

UdûnUruk HighlandsUmbarUtumnoVales of AnduinWeather HillsWhite DownsWhite MountainsWilderlandWoodland Realm

List by Region
Eriador:

AngleAngmarBarrow-downsBlue MountainsBree-landChetwoodColdfellsDunlandEnedwaithEregionEriadorEryn VornEttenmoorsLindonLone-landsMidgewaterMinhiriathOld ForestRivendellSwanfleetThe ShireTrollshawsWeather HillsWhite Downs

Rhovanion:

Brown LandsDagorladDaleDead MarshesDol GuldurEast BightEmyn MuilEreborField of CelebrantGladden FieldsGrey MountainsIron HillsLong MarshesLothlórienMirkwood (Northern) • Misty MountainsVales of AnduinWilderlandWoodland Realm

Gondor:

AndrastBlackroot ValeDor-en-ErnilDrúwaith IaurFangornGondorHarondorIthilienLamedonLebenninLossarnachMouths of AnduinMouths of EntwashNan CurunírNindalfPelargirPelennor FieldsPinnath GelinRohanTolfalasWhite Mountains

Mordor:

Eastern DesolationGorgorothMordor (Biome)Mordor MountainsMorgulduinMorgul ValeNan UngolNúrnSea of NúrnenUdûn

Harad:

Far Harad (Bushland, Jungle, Mangrove, Savannah, Swampland, Volcano) • Harad MountainsNear Harad (Fertile) • PertorogwaithUmbar

Rhûn:

DorwinionEryn CaranOrocarniRhúdelRhûn

Forod:

ForodwaithNorthlandsNorthern ForestUtumno

Belegaer:

IslandMeneltarmaRocky CoastlineThe Sea

Types

Biome variantsDesertsForestsIslandsMountainsSwamps