Variags take UmbarVariags take Umbar - The Variags of Khand are perhaps the most mysterious and least known about people in Middle Earth.  They are classified with the Easterlings and only rarely make an appearance in the annals of Elves or Men.


"There they had been mustered for the sack of the City and the rape of Gondor, waiting on the call of their Captain.  He now was destroyed; but Gothmog the lieutentant of Morgul had flung them into the fray; Easterlings with axes, and Variags of Khand, Southrons in scarlet, and out of Far Harad black men like half-trolls with white eyes and red tongues." ~The Return of the King, Book V, chap. 6 (The Battle of the Pelennor Fields)


"Many of the Wainriders now passed south of Morder and made alliance with the men of Khand and the near Harad; and in this great assault from north and south, Gondor came near to destruction.  In 1944 (T.A.) King Ondoher and both his sons, Artamir and Faramir, fell in battle north of the Morannon, and the enemy poured into Ithilien." ~The Return of the King (Appendix A)