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Feb 26 2018, 12:31am

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Tolkien tells us very little about Khand. We do know that it is a region to the south-east of Mordor that borders both Near Harad and the lands of Rhn and the people (presumably Men) of Khand are called the Variags. As far as I know, Tolkien tells us nothing else about either Khand or the Variags in The Lord of the Rings or the Appendices. We do learn from Tolkien's essay "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan" (in Unfinished Tales) that in TA 1944 Khand and Near Hard allied with the Wainriders against Gondor, though the Wainriders and peoples of Khand were at earlier times in conflict with each other.

The phrase 'peoples of Khand' implies that the region might not have been united under a single ruler, or at least was made up of two or more ethnic groups of Men. Perhaps nomadic tribes treated the border between Khand and Near Harad as fluid The Variags might have been a single race or faction that was particularly loyal to Sauron, almost certainly Morgoth worshipers. There are many possibilities.

Here's an interesting note I found a Tolkien Gateway:

Variag is a Slavic word derived from Norse Varingar "mercenary people" (vr "contract"). The Varangian Guard were Norse body-guards of the Byzantine Emperor.

It has been suggested that Tolkien adopted the Slavic term to indicate that the Variags were possibly mercenaries serving a possible Lord of Khand.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock

(This post was edited by Otaku-sempai on Feb 26 2018, 12:40am)

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Post edited by Otaku-sempai (Immortal) on Feb 26 2018, 12:38am
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