But the bit about them hating the sunlight the same as trolls and orcs, makes me think they're supposed to be a somewhat more fantastic race.
Thus, I believe the Variags were Sun enduring Men who lived in Khand which is located to the east-south-east of Mordor and north-east of Harad.There they had been mustered for the sack if the City and the rape of Gondor, waiting on the call of their Captain. He now was destroyed; but Gothmog the lieutenant of Morgul had flung them into the fray; Easterlings with axes, and Variags of Khand, Southrons in scarlet, and out of Far Harad black men like half-trolls with white eyes and red tongues. RotK - 'The Battle of the Pelennor Fields'
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