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Revision as of 12:52, 4 November 2012

Borin
Dwarf
Biographical Information
LocationGrey Mountains
Lonely Mountain
BirthT.A. 2450
DeathT.A. 2711 (aged 261)
Family
HouseHouse of Durin
ParentageNáin II
SiblingsDáin I
ChildrenFarin
Physical Description
GenderMale

Borin (T.A. 24502711, aged 261 years) was a dwarf of Durin's folk, the younger son of King Náin II. During his youth, his house lived in the dragon-plagued Grey Mountains where his brother and nephew were slain. Durin's folk then divided, with some journeying back to Lonely Mountain under King Thrór while others followed Grór to the Iron Hills. Borin followed Thrór to the Lonely Mountain and lived there till his death.

Borin was the ancestor of four of the thirteen Dwarves of Thorin and Company (Balin, Dwalin, Óin, and Glóin) and Gimli Elf-friend of the Company of the Ring.[1]

Etymology

Jim Allan has suggested that Borin might be derived from Old Norse bora ("to bore holes"), thus meaning "Borer".[2]

Genealogy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Náin II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dáin I
 
 
 
 
 
BORIN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thrór
 
Frór
 
Grór
 
Farin


References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. Jim Allan, "Giving of Names", in An Introduction to Elvish, p. 224