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Serious Middle-earth question

I'm well up on LotR and the Silmarillion but haven't read some of the more obscure Book of Lost Exam Papers stuff. So, can some of you who are more learned in Middle-earth lore, answer me this question:

What is there in the east of Middle-earth in the Third Age?

I can think of:
Men under the power of Sauron - Easterlings, Variags etc
Slave-driven fields
Two Blue Wizards
Four of the seven houses of Dwarves
The Nazgul Khamul
Dragons (since they consumed some of the Dwarves' rings)
Kine of Araw

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miss_next
Apr. 19th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Occasionally Aragorn, I believe. He got everywhere.
philmophlegm
Apr. 20th, 2010 09:03 am (UTC)
And presumably other Arnorian and Gondorian explorers at various times.
skordh
Apr. 19th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
I always thought of Dragons as being more in the North, but willing to believe there were some in the East too. Also I thought the slaves of Sauron who did his farming were actually in Mordor (obviously the nicer, more fertile bits near Nurnen) or at least nearby to Mordor rather than in the East as such. Otherwise you've got the main things I can think of. Some wandering Elves possibly? Entwives maybe? More Black Numenoreans?
philmophlegm
Apr. 20th, 2010 09:06 am (UTC)
We know that some of the dwarven rings of power were "consumed by dragons", so I was thinking that if there were any dwarven houses in the east, then there may well be dragons there too. You might be right about the farms in Mordor (although this is presumably only after Sauron returns there, which is quite late in the age).

Elves makes sense - most (if not all) would be Silvan / Avari I suppose. I forgot about the Entwives. And yes, potentially whole cities of Black Numenoreans.
skordh
Apr. 19th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Is there another game in development by any chance??? :-)
philmophlegm
Apr. 20th, 2010 09:10 am (UTC)
Just adding another item to my list of places and times I would like to set an RPG campaign in. (It's a long list.) The premise would be something like last king of Gondor foresees his doom, sends explorers into the east to see if there is anyone who could help Gondor in its time of need. And since both the players and the characters would have only vague notions of what is in the East, it would work quite well. I quite like exploration as a motivation in RPGs.
skordh
Apr. 20th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Sounds cool! I actually started an RPG many years ago which was set in the Second Age but was also about exploring the East, (though going round by sea via Harad before the land based bit). The plot was about a benign Numenorean faction sending agents to investigate some oppressive Numenorean governors who were also involved in various shady dealings. However, the party didn't get very far in practice as we only had a couple of sessions... I enjoyed writing the setting though and speculating what Rhun was like at that time.
philmophlegm
Apr. 20th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
That would work as a prequel to my idea! Gondor and Arnor would hope that somewhere off in the east was a lost Prester John style faithful Numenorean kingdom...
clarienne
Apr. 21st, 2010 10:12 am (UTC)
Sounds like an excellent idea.
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