Anyone heard of Dorwinion? It's a good town in mid-western Rhun that makes wine for the high elves. I don't think many people have thought of this one! so what do you say? Good easterlings? I like this and i hope you do. So please send some ideas!
and welcome! I am not sure if Dorwinrim (spelled right?) are "real" Easterlings or just some unknown kind of men. Tolkien never really mentioned who the Dornwinion people are. Me thinks, that the Dorwinrim are Northman people, maybe with some intermixture with Easterlings. A little info is given in the tengwar magazines of old.
Whikless is correct, they are famed for their wineries, but estal also is right that they were more northmen akin to Dale and the Rhovanion boarderlands. Easterlings were migratory peoples from beyond Rhun, much in the manner of the waves of westward moving tribes and peoples from central Asia in our own history from about 2000 BC through the times of the Goths and Huns, even the Mongols.
I did suggest a Dorwinian Wine Merchant a couple of times for the FG figure, but alas it didn't have much support. Perhaps in the future.
Chris Seeman had prepared a Merp source book set around the Sea of Rhun, that posited that the Dorwinrim were a mixture of Northman and Daen that stayed there during the western migrations of men. Pity I.C.E. collapsed before it could be published, it was well put together.
Why has everyone and their mother seen this Rhun sourcebook...
...and not me?
I am one of those snotty people that thinks MERP got real weak once it got "off the reservation" as it were. So though it might be Seeman writing it, he was using threads of MERP at its not-so-finest to do so.
Anyway, whoever the Dorwinadrim are, they obviously are friendly enough with the Elves to trade with them. Also, if the Shire is Oxford, then Rhun is someplace like the Black Sea, and the people north of said area would be an interesting mix of ethnicities. So kinda Easterling, kinda not; kinda Northman, kinds not.
So perhaps they are a nation, rather than a people - the people of the wine country north of Rhun. Some are kin to the people of "Rhun," some are closer akin to the men of Dale, others might even be part of a far older people who settled in the warm hills north of the sea in the distant years of the First Age. (Could be a Daen type people, or something else)