The Haradrim Confederacy, consisting of the Kingdom of Near Harad, the tribes of Far Harad, and the Troll-men. Lots of inspiration from both real-life cultures in Africa and Central America, plus some hefty dosage of pulp literature, like the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
From left to right, it looks like: Babylonian, Mayan, Arab, Egyptian, African, insane African. So yeah, Central America and Africa, but also middle eastern.
im not sure if this is a wide spread thought but some think that there are some tribes in the south and in the east that weren't evil. so if you ever get back into middle earth i would like to see that.
I don't really see any of these people as evil by default, especially since Tolkien tells us that many Easterlings and Southrons were justified in their hatred of Gondor. It's made pretty clear that Sauron's human servants work for him through manipulation, bribes and outright threats, while they at the same time want payback for past grievances. For each separate entry of the various Haradrim I've written more detailed speculation about the cultural complexities that might exist outside of Tolkien's writing.
Yep, the Haradrim seem to be a mixture of various cultures...
What about the people of Rhun?
what if you can draw dunlending warriors?
My images of the Haradrim tend to be more Middle-Eastern with Southern African traits thrown into the mix, but I like these too. Especially the 2nd on the left.
The Middle-Eastern influence is very common, but because I want my own take on Middle-Earth to be more archaic I decided to mix mainly Egypt and South America. That way I feel they look more like a lost civilization, almost from before Africa and South America split from each other.
BTW, you don't think Tolkein was racist do you?
For his time I think he was very progressive in many ways. He put in opponents from exotic locales to make the stories more exciting to readers unable to travel, as was common in the literature of the time. Even if some of the content could be interpreted as racist by modern standards, we must remind ourselves that the man was born and raised in a very different time-period with different values. There is much other contemporary literature with a much more hateful view on non-whites, which was considered ugly already back then. So Tolkien's writing is quite tame.
I personally don't think Tolkein was all that racist. Yes, the men of the South and East are on the bad guy side, but the books make it clear that they are not fundamentally evil like the orcs, but rather most of them have been tricked and/or threatened by Sauron into working for him. Furthermore, the men of the West respect their Eastern and Southern counterparts and view them as worthy enemies, and after the War of the Ring they're implied to live in peace with Gondor and Rohan. So between all of that I really don't think Tolkein was all that racist, at least not compared to most other authors of that time like, say...HP Lovecraft.
Agreed. Compared to many of his contemporaries, Tolkien was as tolerant as you can get. Quite a few of them would probably have gone on several paragraphs worth of ranting about how hideous and vile these other cultures are.