The Wandering Tribes are a group of dark-skinned human nomads who live in the Hadarac Desert and support the Varden. It was to these tribes that Eragon first brought the "stone" to determine it's value. In the book Eragon, they are referred to as the traders.
The Wandering Tribes that have been mentioned have dark skin, such as Ajihad and Nasuada, who came from them. Striking features uncommon in the Empire, such as broad shoulders and almond-shaped eyes, are also observed among members of the Tribes.
Skills and advantagesEdit
The Wandering Tribes, with their dark skin, are well-suited to hot areas like Surda, better so than most humans or elves. They were also renowned for their craftsmanship, which rivaled the dwarves at its best. Many of the leaders were also quite wealthy. Due to them being nomadic, and by neccesity their ability to survive in the Hardarac, they were, as a general rule of thumb, hardy and tough.
The culture of the Wandering Tribes is only glimpsed in the cycle but such rituals as the Trial of the Long Knives, the Drum Dance and the Calling of Names are mentioned or witnessed. It is possible that Paolini based their culture off pre-existing ones in the real world.