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[[File:John Howe - Variag.jpg|thumb|''Variag'' by [[John Howe]].]]
 
[[File:John Howe - Variag.jpg|thumb|''Variag'' by [[John Howe]].]]
 
The '''Variags''' were a little-known people who dwelt in the land of [[Khand]].
 
The '''Variags''' were a little-known people who dwelt in the land of [[Khand]].
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==History==
 
==History==
 
They were allies of both [[Rhûn]] and [[Harad]], to neither of which they belonged.
 
They were allies of both [[Rhûn]] and [[Harad]], to neither of which they belonged.
  
Khand was east of [[Mordor]], at the time of the [[War of the Ring]]. They were allied to [[Sauron]], and their warriors were seen at the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]].
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Khand was southeast of [[Mordor]] at the time of the [[War of the Ring]].<ref>{{UT|Map}}</ref> The Variags were allied to [[Sauron]] and their warriors were seen at the [[Battle of the Pelennor Fields]].<ref>{{RK|V6}}</ref>
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
''Variag'' is a word of a [[Harad]] language<ref>{{HM|PM}}, [[The Appendix on Languages]]</ref>, but its meaning is unknown.
 
''Variag'' is a word of a [[Harad]] language<ref>{{HM|PM}}, [[The Appendix on Languages]]</ref>, but its meaning is unknown.
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==Inspiration==
 
==Inspiration==
 
[[Wikipedia:Variag|Variag]] is a Slavic word derived from [[Norse]] ''Varingar'' "mercenary people" (''vár'' "contract"). The Norse root indicates that perhaps Tolkien intended ''Variag'' to be a "translated" [[Northern Mannish]] word.{{fact}}
 
[[Wikipedia:Variag|Variag]] is a Slavic word derived from [[Norse]] ''Varingar'' "mercenary people" (''vár'' "contract"). The Norse root indicates that perhaps Tolkien intended ''Variag'' to be a "translated" [[Northern Mannish]] word.{{fact}}

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Variag by John Howe.

The Variags were a little-known people who dwelt in the land of Khand.

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History

They were allies of both Rhûn and Harad, to neither of which they belonged.

Khand was southeast of Mordor at the time of the War of the Ring.[1] The Variags were allied to Sauron and their warriors were seen at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.[2]

Etymology

Variag is a word of a Harad language[3], but its meaning is unknown.

Inspiration

Variag is a Slavic word derived from Norse Varingar "mercenary people" (vár "contract"). The Norse root indicates that perhaps Tolkien intended Variag to be a "translated" Northern Mannish word.[source?]

Portrayal in adaptations

Variags of Khand in MECCG

1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:

Variags, who speak the tongue Varadja, share ties with both Easterlings and Haradrim.[4][5]

1995-8: Middle-earth Collectible Card Game:

Variags of Khand is a Man Faction.

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, The Appendix on Languages
  4. S. Coleman Charlton (1993), Middle-earth Role Playing (2nd edition, hardcover) (#2000)
  5. Peter C. Fenlon, Jr. et al. (1987), Lords of Middle-earth Vol II: The Mannish Races (#8003)