Primordial goddess of daytime, Hemera, who drove her mother’s veil of darkness from the sky each new day, bringing with her the shining light of morn. Born of the love between Erebus (Darkness) and Nyx (Night). SIster-wife of Aether, primeval god of the upper air and personification of her bright light, with whom she produced Gaia (Earth), Thalassa (Sea) and Ouranos (Sky).

'The far-shining ambrosial face of horse-driving Hemera.'




Erebus, the primeval god of darkness, the brother and consort of Nyx, born of Chaos, whose dark mists covered the lands from edge to edge and filled the hollows of the earth. Nyx, his wife, drew his mists across the sky to bring night to the world, while his daughter Hemera scattered them to bring forth day; one blocking out the light and the other revealing it. The personification of the darkness between earth and Heaven.

'From Chaos, Erebus and black Night came into being; but of Night were born Aether and Day, whom Night bore when she became pregnant after mingling in love with Erebus.'



❝Ok, guys, for those of you I’ve not met properly: My name is Matt Anderson. I’m your new team leader. For a couple of days your esteemed colleague Captain Becker has been bending my ear on every detail of this operation to ensure that you lot are properly looked after. So I would like to assure you that safety - the safety of this entire team - even the safety of Captain Becker - is my number one priority. Your jobs are demanding. Your jobs are dangerous. You put your lives on the line to protect the public every time that alarm goes off. There’s no room for errors. There’s no time for on-the-job training. So with all of that in mind, some new policy changes are being implemented. All new field operatives will be strictly military or from a military background. Safety will come first. There will be no more civilian recruiting. Now if anybody wants to talk about this, my door is always open. Over the last few months, a lot of you have testified the last mission of the old ARC. But yesterday that investigation was officially wrapped up. Abby Maitland, Connor Temple, and Danny Quinn have been pronounced missing - presumed dead. I would like to make it clear today that this means absolutely nothing. Over the years this organization has lost many brilliant people including Nick Cutter, Stephen Hart, most recently Sarah Page. But as far as I’m concerned this does not include Abby Maitland, Connor Temple, and Danny Quinn. These people could still be out there fighting to stay alive - fighting to make it home. I didn’t have the chance to work with them all as you did. But I hope that someday I will. So today as your new team leader I am rejecting the government’s findings. We’re not giving up on these guys. Not yet.❞

Southern Eriador


Most of southern Eriador was largely unpopulated by the War of the Ring, but this was certainly not always so. Hollin (also called Eregion) was a great elvish kingdom during the Second Age, but after it was attacked and destroyed by Sauron in the mid-Second Age it was left uninhabited. Even so, when the fellowship travelled through the area on their way to Moria it was described as a pretty pleasant place.

Further south we find a slightly different story. Minhiriath to the west and Enedwaith to the east were both once populated by large numbers of men (and women, you get what I mean.) They were, like the Rohirrim, sort of cousins to the Edain - all descended from the same original group of men, but separated by their travels in the First Age. And the land itself was almost entirely forested - all part of the same primeval forest that stretched from Fangorn to the Old Forest and beyond.

However, when the Numenoreans started exploring Middle Earth, the coast of southern Eriador was some of the first territory they explored. Not recognizing the language of the indigenous people, they were labelled Men of Darkness, and the Numenoreans started deforesting the area in order to use the lumber to build more ships. Those local men who fought back were persecuted or driven out (some fled to the cape of Eryn Vorn.) When Sauron attacked Eregion later on, many of the folk of Minhiriath and Enedwaith supported him, hoping he would get rid of the Numenoreans. However, it was all for nothing since Sauron himself burned much of the remaining forest down during his assault. 

In the Third Age parts of Minhiriath and Enedwaith were claimed by Arnor or Gondor. But after thousands of years of war (Arnor’s conflict with Angmar in the north, and the Dunlending’s conflict with the Rohirrim in the south) as well as the Great Plague and devastating floods after the Fell Winter most of the region was largely depopulated. By the time we get to the late Third Age the only mentioned groups of people are some secretive forest-folk in Eryn Vorn, the Dunlendings in the east, and some “barbarous fisher-folk” along the coast. After the War of the Ring, Aragorn claimed Minhiriath as part of the Reunited Kingdom.


SOURCES: LotR, LotR Appendices, The Unfinished Tales (“Aldarion and Erendis”, “The History of Galadriel and Celeborn”)