The Bairgathiuda (Rh."Hill-People") were the descendants of eriadorian and gondorian Settlers and Northron Mercenaries who had originally been stationed along the eastern border of gondor´s province of Dór-Rhûnen and had later retreated to the highlands of the Eastern Hills after Rhûn had been overrun by the Easterlings.
|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