The shortest-lived race of Middle-earth is also the race destined to rule in years beyond the Third Age. Their mortality, considered a unique gift, in time became known as The Doom of Men, a source of lamentation. Men are a varied race: the great Dunédain of the North; the skilled Horse-lords of Rohan's grassy plains; the proud soldiers of Gondor; the mysterious Haradrim far to the East. Men are capable of great courage and honour, but can fall easily to ambition, deceit, and betrayal. Known simply as the Big Folk to Hobbits of the Shire, Men have a large and strong build, and potent will that rises from a relatively short life span.