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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

[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)