Hill-men were a race of men who lived in small tribes in various places in Middle-earth.
The tribes of the Hill-men were located in the Misty Mountains, the Ettenmoors, Northern Eriador, the Withered Heath, and Dunland. The Dunlendings were a tribe of Hill-men that chose to live in the fields of Dunland. Those of the Withered Heath, known as Mountain men, were all killed when the Dragons came from Angband in the north. Most of the Hill-men of Middle-earth were there before the Númenóreans came from over the sea.
Others were Númenórean outcasts or criminals who joined the hill-men and allied themselves with the Witch-king of Angmar. The Hill-men learned to hate the Númenóreans as they killed many Hill-men during their search for lands to settle. They helped conquer and occupy all the kingdoms of the former Arnor (Rhudaur, Cardolan and Arthedain). Most of the Hill-men were wiped out by the allied forces at the Battle of Fornost that brought down the evil realm of Angmar.
Portrayal in adaptations Edit
The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king Edit
In EA's video game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-king, the Men of Rhudaur are corrupted Hill-men who ended up serving Angmar and the Witch-king. Their warriors were Rhudaur Spearmen (who bear sharp spears), Rhudaur Axemen (who throw sharp axes), and Thrall Masters (Who in gameplay can summon them, Gundabad Orcs, or Wolf Riders). Hwaldar the Chieftain of Rhudaur was their leader, and was disloyal to Arnor's royalty. He was defeated by Men of Arnor once becoming hostile, but Angmar came to free him, as Morgomir, the Witch-king's second, recognized a valuable ally to control the forces of Men of Rhudaur. Angmar then destroyed two camps of Arnor and of the Dúnedain. King Argeleb I and his army were all slain, and Rhudaur was now of Angmar's dominion.