|"Balchoth" by Stephen King|
|Origins||Easterlings, around Rhûn|
|Locations||Rhovanion (between Mirkwood and Celduin), southern Vales of Anduin|
|Distinctions||Few horses, large wains, river boats and rafts|
Often they made raids through the forest up to the Vales of Anduin, until the area south of the Gladden River was largely deserted. Their numbers constantly increased with reinforcements from the East and built many great boats and rafts on the east shores of Anduin.
Around T.A. 2510 the Balchoth attempted, with the assistance of Orcs, an invasion of Calenardhon, a minimally populated northern province of Gondor. With their boats they swarmed over the River and swept away the defenders. A Gondorian army from the south tried to hinder them but the Balchoth cut them off and drove north over the Limlight, where they were joined by Orcs of the Misty Mountains.
Then they were repulsed by Eorl, who arrived with the Éothéod, after receiving the plea of Cirion late. The Balchoth were no match for the horsemen of the Éothéod, and during the Battle of the Field of Celebrant, they were hunted down over the fields of Calenardhon and utterly destroyed.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Gondor and the Heirs of Anárion", "The Stewards"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Cirion and Eorl and the Friendship of Gondor and Rohan" (Note 24)