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Where do we get the information in the "Third Age Easterlings" section from? That goes by the movie, not the book. Besides, there are no scources on this page. Carter938

I think we could use some of the information from Frodo's vision on Amon Hen where he sees Easterling armies composed of "swordsmen, spearmen, bowmen upon horses, chariots of cheiftains and laden wains" etc. This actually gives us info on what kinds of weapons and troops some Easterlings used (infantry wielding swords and spears, mounted archers, charioteers). Unsigned comment by [[Special:Contributions/{{{1}}}|{{{1}}}]] ([[User talk:{{{1}}}|talk]]).

[edit] Inspiration

I think the information currently given here (that the Easterlings were inspired by the people of central and East Asia) isn't supported by the text, and might be influenced by movie imagery. It seems more likely that they were inspired by Slavic, Hunnic, and Turkic peoples, the peoples living east of the lands settled by Germanic-speaking peoples in the Migration Period. This can probably be supported by the text; Vinitharia's name for example, = 'Wend-fighter'; comparing the descriptions of the Balchoth and Wainriders to descriptions of invaders from the East of Germanic lands. Librán-Moreno's paper 'Byzantium, New Rome!' could probably supply some secondary support for anyone willing to take it on.Unsigned comment by (talk).

Thanks for pointing out this section: as it stands now, it contains no references and seems to be speculation. I'll remove it. Feel free to write a new section if you find scholarly and/or primary sources to support any inspiration behind the concept of Easterlings.--Morgan 18:26, 1 September 2016 (UTC)