Oct 18 2019, 6:32pm
Easterlings seem the obvious disposition for a crowd of Asian extras, unless they decide to play Umbar that way or some such thing.
As for the redheaded Celts, that could fall a number of ways, but I find myself imagining that maybe these are the continental humans that the Numenoreans casually occupy for lumber and such.
About the Celts maybe being the native men of Minhiriath and Enedwaith, that's personally what I think as well.
The audition scenario - with redhead Irish Celts defending women and children from basket-ball player-sized folk - seemed to hint at a colonial situation, akin to this from Tal-Elmar in HoME:
And the High Men of the Sea (Númenóreans). These indeed we may dread as Death...But hither they have not come since my father's days, and then only to raid and catch men and depart...
In greater numbers they come then: two ships or more together, stuffed with men and not goods, and ever one of the accursed ships hath black wings. For that is the Ship of the Dark, and in it they bear away evil booty, captives packed like beasts, the fairest women and children, or young men unblemished, and that is their end.
Because they are in northwest Middle-earth, Eriador, I would expect these particular natives to be white - so Irish seem like a pretty good fit (like Romans occupying celtic Britain, or the English imperialism in Ireland).
There are no red-haired Númenóreans that I know of (Hadorians are generally blond, Beorians and Haledin are dark-haired), so the red hair, short stature and freckles would distinguish them from the Men and Women of Westernesse.
Others suggested it might be Dwarves and Orcs, which I guess is also a possibility.
In terms of the Southeast Asian extras, Easterlings are the only thing that come to mind for me.
(This post was edited by Althoun on Oct 18 2019, 6:41pm)