Where did the Southrons come from? Were they part of the Atani?
From: The Tolkien Less FAQ by William D.B. Loos
Yes. All humans, East, West, North, or South, were. Humans first appeared in the east and
spread westwards, with some eventually crossing the Blue Mountains into Beleriand. The entry for
Atani in the The Silmarillion index reads:
Atani 'The Second People'
(Humans were 'the second people' because Elves were the Firstborn.)
Men (singular Atan). Since in Beleriand for a long time the only Men known to the Noldor
and Sindar were those of the Three Houses of the Elf-friends, this name (in the Sindarin form
Adan, plural Edain) became specially associated with them, so that it was seldom applied to
other Men who came later to Beleriand, or who were reported to be dwelling beyond the Mountains.
But in the speech of Ilúvatar the meaning is 'Men (in general)'.
On this page you can find much informations about Humans in Middle-earth.
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