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The Easterlings were the inhabitants of Middle-Earth's far eastern lands known as Rhûn (or The East/Eastlands) and dedicated servants of Sauron, who aided him in his war on the rest of Middle-Earth, in particular Gondor, the Easterling's sworn enemies.

Their culture is written as similar to Asian cultures.

History

The Easterlings were descended from men who had refused to make contact with the Elves and instead isolated themselves in the lands of the Far East. The Easterlings themselves were cruel and dedicated servants of Sauron, who benefitted a great deal from serving him loyally. They also despised Gondor and thus needed little convincing to go to war with them in Sauron's name.

They served as elite soldiers during the siege of Minas Tirith, as allies of the Orcs, the Variags, the Haradrim , the Mumakil, the Corsairs, the Trolls, the Wargs, and the Nazgûl. The Men built better siege weapons than the Orcs. But in the end, the arrival of the Army of the Dead spelled defeat for Mordor and it's allies, including the Easterlings.

The major battle of the Easterlings during the War of the Ring was in the northern Middle-earth, with the Battle of Dale. The Easterling Emperor led 200,000 men of the Easterling army to the city-kingdom of Dale, in order to destroy it before doing the same to the Dwarven kingdom of the Lonely Mountain. The battle lasted for 4 days until the forces of Dale and the Lonely Mountain prevailed though the northeners had the major losses which included King Brand, King Dáin II Ironfoot, and Lord Thorin III Stonehelm.

After the war, it is likely that the Easterlings, like the other Men of Darkness, made peace with their old enemies and in exchange received Sauron's old lands as their own.

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           Middle-Earth Villains

Dark Armies
Dark Lords: (Morgoth & Sauron)
Uruk-hai: (Saruman, Lurtz, Gríma Wormtongue & Bill Ferny)
Nazgûl: (Witch-King of Angmar & Fellbeasts)
Balrogs: (Gothmog)
Goblins/Orcs: (Great Goblin, Grinnah, Azog, Bolg, Yazneg, Grishnákh, Gothmog, Snaga & Wargs)
Black Númenóreans: (Mouth of Sauron, Black Hand of Sauron & Tower of Sauron)
Great Spiders: (Shelob & Ungoliant)
Dragons: (Smaug, Ancalagon & Glaurung)
Other Armies: (Easterlings & The Haradrim)

Other People
Ar-Pharazôn | Maeglin | Gollum | Master of Laketown | Alfrid Lickspittle | Fëanor | Lotho Sackville-Baggins

Other Creatures
Barrow Wights | Cave Trolls | Carcharoth | Watcher in the Water | Old Man Willow | Mewlips