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Where is it stated that the Variags were riders and supplied Mordor with horses? Can't find any reference, but it might be buried somewhere in LotR? --Haltiamieli 14:48, 2 June 2007 (EDT)
- I found a reference on p. 391 of The Fellowship of the Ring "The Breaking of the Fellowship" although it's a loose reference. If you consider Khand merely part of the East, it states, while Frodo had the ring on was seated on Amon Hen, "From the havens of Harad ships of war put out to sea; and out of the East Men were moving endlessly: swordsmen, spearmen, bowmen upon horses, chariots and chieftains and laden wains. All the power of the Dark Lord was in motion." The path of this part of Frodo's vision moved from Rohan, to Harad, to the East, then south again to Minas Tirith, and finally to Mordor. It does not say Rhȗn or Khand. Perhaps it is implying that the direct east and southeast were lumped together as just "East", especially since it mentioned the all of the other eventful lands, regions, and strongholds in this vision directly by name. It's thin evidence, but the seed of the idea exists, the East, which Khand may have been considered part of, perhaps in another Easterling alliance, provided the Dark Lord with horsemen and with horsemen, comes horses.
- It continues again in TT "The Black Gate is Closed" p. 625 - "Over the levels beside the roads horsemen could be seen riding in many companies. He remembered his vision from afar upon Amon Hen . . . These were Men of other race, out of the wide Eastlands, gathering to the summons of their Overlord; armies that had encamped before his Gate by night and now marched in to swell his mounting power." --Elf-esteem 04:33, 2 January 2016 (UTC)
That text describes the Easterlings, though. It never says or hints that the people of Khand were riders. It only says that many of the Easterlings coming to make war on Gondor were an equestrian people. --Carter938 04:33, 4 January 2016 (ECT)