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Earthdate 2004-01-05

“Horsey” Vikings II — Peoples

Given the foregoing list of considerations and requirements, who are some of the peoples in history who could serve, hauntingly, reminiscently, as models for the Rohirrim, and vice versa?  Here's a list of (major) candidate horse cultures (no doubt there are others — in China, India, Africa, elsewhere — that I know too little of to include), listed roughly in chronological order:

  1. Cimmerians
  2. Scythians
  3. Parthians
  4. Sarmatians
  5. Goths
  6. Avars
  7. Khazars
  8. Bulgars
  9. Magyars
  10. Normans
  11. Viking/Nomad/Serf combinations of various sorts

“Light” (relatively or entirely unarmored) horse warriors such as the Huns, Arabs, Seljuk Turks, and Mongols have been omitted from the list, as insufficiently like the Rohirrim — i.e., the Rohirrim wore helmets and mail armor and were certainly not light cavalry.  We'll not consider all of these peoples today, but review the eldest of them, and leave the remainder (italicized above) for another day.



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