LotRO Creatures of Middle-earth: The Hillmen
The Lord of the Rings Online feature Creatures of Middle-earth is spotlighting the Hillmen of Rhudaur. While little is said of the nomadic Hillmen in J. R.R. Tolkien’s books, other than they fell under the control of Angmar, in Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar many of the nomadic Hillmen tribes have fallen once again under Angmar’s yoke while others bide their time waiting to rebel against their Carn Dûm oppressors.
In the Third Age, the Hillmen seized power in Rhudaur and forged an alliance with the realm of Angmar. Twice they invaded Arnor, and during the second war the North Kingdom was destroyed. But their victory was short-lived. Eärnur, Prince of Gondor, and the Elves of Rivendell and Linden drove the Witch-king of Angmar and his armies out of the North, laying waste to all who served Angmar.
In the years that followed, the scattered remnants of the Hillmen gradually came together in the southwest barrens of Angmar. Many foreswore their old allegiance to the ruined and evil kingdom of Angmar and took up a nomadic existence, each tribe co-existing in relative peace with one another, living simple lives as hunters and shepherds . . . until the Ring was found and Sauron stirred once more. Through oppression and subversion, many of the clans have renewed their allegiance to Angmar and its Steward, Míaran.