Re: Lesser races of men
It's probably easiest to start at the top. The "noble men" are the Dunedain: descendents of the three houses of the Edain that migrated into Beleriand during the First Age, aided the Elves in their war against Morgoth, and the few survivors of which were rewarded with the island of Numenore, extended lifespans, and numerous other gifts.
Originally Posted by jimmie_smithers
The "lesser men" are everybody else, the historical human race, or to put it a different way, just normal peeps, yo. Though they can be subdivided further, and frequently are by snooty Dunedain. For instance into "Men of Twilight", i.e., kindred of the Edain who either did not move into Beleriand, or decided to remain in Middle-earth rather than go to Numenore; and "Men of Darkness", i.e., everybody else, but particularly followers of Sauron. A -lot- more could be said about these and other subdivisions, but I'm short on time and verbiage at the moment, and maybe it's offtopic to your questions anyway.
A couple of things. First, the Valar didn't awaken either Elves or Men. (And probably not Hobbits, either. ) Second, almost nobody besides Elves gets to reside in the Undying Lands. There are exceptions obviously, but they're so rare as to be the stuff of myth and epic.
From what I understand the Gods (valar) put the Noble races in place....but the best I can figure is that other lesser races just naturaly evolved in Arda right along side those awoken by the Valar. Would this mean that those of lesser races do not get to travel to the undying lands? Or are not favored by the Valar (the notable exceptions being those that prove themselves such as Frodo and Bilbo)
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