The "hairy men" were one of the tribes established on western Essos, in what would become Andalos. Their actual name is lost to history, though they are still remembered in some Pentoshi histories. The Ibbenese are akin to the hairy men, though it is unknown if the hairy men settled Ib or if the hairy men originated there and then spread out to the mainland of Essos.
Hairy men akin to the Ibbenese, small and dark, also settled on Lorath but shunned the mazes of mazemakers. They, in turn, were displaced by the Andals, who invaded the Lorathi islands and slaughtered them in the name of the Seven and taking their women and children as slaves.