"maybe they were the original inhabitants of Dunland"
But the Dunlanders are the original inhabitants of Dunland, I thought. Am I just misreading this?
Also, great work as always, I really appreciate the thought you put behind these designs. Tolkien would be proud.
The dunlandings are remarked as being people related to the house of Haleth in the 1st age (though I'm not sure whether they are supposed to be people of that strain who came back east at the end of the first age, or relatives of that strain who never made it to beleriand in the first place) but in any case, from atleast the early second age onward all of the southeast quadrant of middle-earth (southern eriador) from the fords of isen to the cape of andrast seems to have been the "haladin range," closely parallel to the "celtic range" of antiquity, from the alps in austria to france and spain, down to gibralter (and northwest into Britain). included in that (before the eorlingas came from the north) were the lands which later became rohan. many of the dunlandings of the mid-to-late 3rd age are the descendants of the Haladin-strain people who got kicked out of rohan by the eorlingas (later known as the rohirrim) and had to move west into the hills, though, as there were already people (also haladin-descended) living in the hills of dunland when those pushed out of rohan got there, I figure there would be some cultural distinctions between the two groups, though they are related to eachother. that is what I meant by "original inhabitants of dunland"
Thank you very much for your kind words, and I hope this clears up what I meant