|Boromir: "Is it not a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt for so small a thing? So small a thing!"|
- J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring II:10
The Ayten were a nomadic desert people of Greater Harad. They were of Apysaic stock, however they differed from other Apysaic peoples (both settled and nomadic) by their humane and life-affirming culture, their matriarchal societal structure, and their belief in complete equality. The Ayten were generally opposed to slavery and avoided violence, except when necessary for self-defense purposes. They spoke a language that had some similarity to Harûze.