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Tribesmen of Far Harad by Mara999 Tribesmen of Far Harad by Mara999
A pair of representatives of the more southern tribes that belong to the great Haradrim confederacy loyal to Sauron. These two might not even be from the same tribe, but belong to the larger group that is culturally distinct from the people of Near Harad. Because Tolkien doesn't describe the Haradrim much beyond basic attire and warfare, I will take a lot of freedom with the source material, as I've done earlier with the Troll-Men. I picture the people of Near Harad to be very similar to Ancient Egypt, but with a red-and-gold colour scheme combined with an exaggerated use of snake motifs. Many tribes from Far Harad are subservient to the northern kingdom and function as something between a slave army and a fiercely proud mercenary force. Because of this complex relationship between Near and Far Harad, the southern tribesmen have taken much cultural influence from the north as can be seen from their liberal use of golden jewelry and gilded armour. I've also armed one of them a Khopesh-sword, to strengthen the Egyptian influence. Besides the obvious Egyptian and sub-Saharan elements in the design, I've added some Mesoamerican influence from the way the Mayans were portrayed in the movie "Apocalypto".
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Baryonyx62 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks nice and realistic! I think Tolkien would also like this! :thumbsup:
Mara999 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thank you!
Fergusthefiddler Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Your research and documentation is astonishing; IMHO is that what makes your caracter so believable. As usual, good job.
Mara999 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. I go through all of this tinkering because I want it to make sense to me. So I try to think of what it's like when these people are left on their own, without the interference of Sauron or any other Dark Lord. I also like to pretend that Tolkien's writing is the documented history of Middle-Earth, as written by the victors. There is plenty of room for alternate storylines that fit within the general narrative. For instance, the stories about Aragorn's youth and his travels remind me of Conan's adventures to distant lands.
maxvision92 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, like Howard, Tolkien seemed to like writing his Middle-Earth work under the assumption that it's the real lost history of a long-forgotten age. So in effect...
Herokiller12344 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
That seems about right.
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