Rogues of the Borderlands
The reclusive Rivermen form one of the larger cultural groups that live on the western bank of the Lhûn. They dwell in a number of small hamlets in the northern reaches of Numeriador, trading and bartering their wares with almost anyone they encounter (with the exception of the Elves). The Rivermen are an adventuresome lot, rarely settling permanently in a fixed geographic location constantly moving from one community to another. They are skilled hunters and trappers, trading pelts and furs for firewood and other necessities. Their massive three-hundred pound canoes can be seen almost daily pushing up and down the great river. The Rivermen are distinct among the various Northmen cultures. Although they possess the blond hair and blue-eyed visage common among many of the Northmen, their rustic appearance sets them apart from any other of western Arthedain’s people. To the schooled, they may seem gruff, uneducated, and somewhat crude, but they possess an extensive knowledge of the environment around them. They live for trade and adventure, preferring a nomadic lifestyle. Some of those that marry settle in the smaller villages along the river’s banks, while the majority prefer a life of trading and bartering, raising their families afloat on the currents of the Lhûn.
Overall, the Rivermen are a friendly folk, but do not easily trust outsiders. They confide in their partners, while presenting a stern image to all others. They have a distinct aversion to the Elves, and consequently avoid the southern reaches of the Lhûn valley. In a Riverman’s eyes, the Eldar appear to have everything they want. Consequently, the Northman prefer avoidance to negotiating an unprofitable trade.