So I saw on the Facebook page that the Easterlings are coming on Feb 1 of next year. I was thrilled to see that and I wanted to give my opinion on the new race. If you dont like my ideas then 1v1 me at Tesco.
Anyway, the Easterlings to me were always based upon the Ottomans of real life. When the Dorwinion guys came about they lived in many ancient style Greek homes, white really open and chilling with wine. The Rhun Sea I guess is much like the Agean Sea in the real world. Across the sea is Turkey and the very freindly Turks. So I was going to suggest (merly suggest not force dont rant about this plz) that the Eastlerings were based upon Turks, but the old Ottomans (seeing that theres no democracies in Middle Earth). I was hoping that the NPC's were given Turkish names, wore old Ottoman clothes and had different homes to the Haradhrim, which I assue is based upon the Arabs as they sleep outside, have camels and so on. Maybe a special Ottoman Cavalry, or in this case Easterling Siphai Cavarly (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sipahi). Also for food and drinks, the kebab should also be present in the Easterling Races and like Araq we Turks (Yes Im Turkish) drink Raki. Very similar to Araq but Im pretty sure the modderes arent bothered to make another drink.
The East as Tolkein writes "were ranged from civilized empires to nomadic tribes people of the steppe. Still add in other East factions based upon Persians, Mongols (I believe is similar to Khand) and even the Afghan people. And indeed the Easterlings are still feared in Middle Earth and just like the Ottomans who scared much of Renaissance Europe during the 1600's. I mean you can disagree with me I really dont mind but this is how I would really imagine at least the strongest Eastern Empire to be. Thanks Koray