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A Variag, by John Howe

The Variags were Men from the land of Khand.

Little about the Variags is known about apart from the fact that they fought for Sauron in the War of the Ring. They first appeared in TA 1944 in the Northeast of Middle-earth, fighting alongside the Easterling tribe known as the Wainriders. On March 14 - 15 (Third Age: 3019) the Variags fought in Sauron's army at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields.[1]

Tolkien never described the Variags, and most information about them is speculative. It has been speculated that they were axe-wielding berserkers, based on the real world Varangians.

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Variags Art

Variags

No Variags appear anytime in the film in the War of the Ring, not at the Battle of the Pelennor Fields or the Battle of the Morannon, probably because Peter Jackson had so little to go on due to a lack of description in the novels.

Variags have however featured in The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, which was based mostly on Jackson's films. In this the Variags, also called the Khandish, have an oriental theme with an Eastern Asian look, much like the Easterlings, who were constant close allies with them. This interpretation is taken from Tolkien's work alone due to the absence of Variags in the trilogy. The Variags of Khand have since been discontinued, however.

They were portrayed as axe-wielders as well as using bows. They were also noted as skilled horsemen as well as using chariots in combat as well. The Khandish warriors also had banners attached to their backs in a similar fashion to Japanese samurai of the medieval period.[2][3]

Appearances in the BooksEdit

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • In the real world, Variags is another name for the Scandinavian Varangians.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Amharic ቫሪኣግስ
Arabic فارياجس
Armenian Վարիագս
Belarusian Cyrillic Варіагс
Bulgarian Cyrillic Вариагс
Chinese (Simplified) 了維瑞亞人
Dari واریاگس
Georgian ვარიაგს
Greek Βαριάγς ?
Gujarati વરિઅગ્સ
Hebrew ואריאגס ?
Hindi वरिअग्स
Kannada ವರಿಅಗ್ಸ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Варіагс
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Вариагс
Macedonian Cyrillic Вариагс
Marathi वरिअग्स
Mongolian Cyrillic Вариагс
Nepalese वरिअग्स
Pashto واریاګس
Persian واریاگس ?
Sanskrit वरिअग्स्
Serbian Вариагс ? (Cyrillic) Variag ? (Latin)
Sinhalese වරිඅග්ස්
Tajik Cyrillic Вариагс
Tamil வரிஅக்ஸ்
Telugu వరిఅగ్స
Tigrinya ቫሪኣግስ
Ukrainian Cyrillic варягів
Urdu واریاگس ?
Uyghur ۋارىاگس
Uzbek Вариагс (Cyrillic) Variags (Latin)
Yiddish וואַריאַגס
The People of Middle-earth

Edain | Dúnedain | Númenóreans | Haradrim | Easterlings | Variags | Northmen | Dunlendings | Drúedain

Vanyar | Ñoldor | Teleri | Sindar | Eldar | Avari

Durin's Folk | Firebeards | Broadbeams | Ironfists | Blacklocks | Stonefoots | Stiffbeards


ReferencesEdit

  1. Matthew Ward, A Shadow in the East, 2005, ISBN 1 84154 695 X, p 48
  2. Ibid p 18
  3. Ibid pp 4–5

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