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Dáin Ironfoot

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Dáin II Ironfoot
Dwarf
Biographical Information
Other namesKing under the Mountain, Lord of the Iron Hills
Family
ParentageNáin
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GenderMale

Dáin II or Dáin Ironfoot (Third Age 2767 – 3019, aged 252 years) was the son of Náin and grandson of Grór, the youngest son of King Dáin I of Durin's folk, and was Lord of the Dwarves of the Iron Hills in Wilderland.

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History

War of the Dwarves and Orcs

Dáin fought in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, but his only recorded deeds are at the Battle of Azanulbizar.

During the stalemate of the battle, Náin, along with Dáin lead fresh reinforcements into the fray and drove their way through the Orcs to the very threshold of Moria. There Náin and the Orc chief Azog dueled until, Náin's was tripped and his neck broken by Azog. When the Orc chieftain saw his army routed and his guards dead, he ran back up the steps to the gate, but he was followed by Dáin who with his Red axe, hewed off his head before the doors of the East-Gate. He was a very young Dwarf at thirty-two at the time, and it was heralded as a magnificent feat.

After the battle King Thráin II Dáin's kinsman wanted to enter Moria as his own. But Dáin dissuaded him, because he alone looked past the gate into Moria, and had the wisdom to know that it was impossible for Durin's folk to return at that time because of Durin's Bane.

Later his father's body was burned with the rest of the dead Dwarves on wooden pyres, and with a heavy load of weapons and armour on his back he led the remainder of his men back to the Iron Hills.

Lord of the Iron Hills

Eventually he returned to the Halls of Grór with his people and sometime later became the new Lord of the Iron Hills succeeding his grandfather.

During his reign his people became the strongest in Wilderland, being the only realm capable to resist Sauron if he dared come North and retake the realm of Angmar and the northern passes of the Misty Mountains.

The Battle of Five Armies

Nearly a hundred years later, King Thorin Oakenshield a second cousin of Dáin's, set out on a journey to reclaim the Lonely Mountain of Erebor from Smaug the Dragon. After many months of adventuring Thorin with twelve other Dwarves reached the mountain When news came of the death of the Dragon Thorin claimed his treasure and proclaimed himself King under the Mountain. Days later a host of Elves and Men came from the destroyed town of Esgaroth wanting a part of his treasure. Thorin refused to give any to them so the host besieged the mountain for many days. Thorin, with the help of the Raven Roac, sent messenger birds to Dáin and elsewhere asking for aid. Dáin responded to Thorin's call and set out with more than five hundred Dwarves, and arrived just in time for the Battle of Five Armies (as recounted in The Hobbit).


After Thorin's death, Dáin became King under the Mountain and King of Durin's folk. During his reign as king, he became exceedingly rich and his people were very prosperous. The town of Dale was rebuilt and it's border stretched far to the South and East and the friendship between the Elves of Mirkwood, Men of Dale, and Dwarves of Erebor was close, especially between the Men and Dwarves. For the Dwarves of Erebor now exceeded all their ancestors in the art of masonry and mining, and created many beautiful things in Dale.

But during the War of the Ring, Dáin and his people were troubled. For some shadow of deceit had passed of his people, and some became restless and wanted to go to Moria, Balin, a member of Thorin's company, and kinsman of Dáin's, being one of them.

Dáin did not give his blessing when Balin set out with a group of Dwarves to retake Moria. And come to find out many years later the entire colony was destroyed. Also, from Mordor came a messenger saying that if Dáin would but give him the location of Bilbo Baggins, Sauron would give him the last three Dwarf-rings. Dáin told him to give him time to think and for many weeks he pondered until he sent Glóin and his son Gimli to Elrond for council, and to warn Bilbo of the enemy looking for him.

The War of the Ring

After many months war came to Erebor in the Battle of Dale. King Brand of Dale was at war with Easterlings along the River Carnen, but they defeated him and he retreated back to Dale where he was given aid by Dáin and an army of Dwarves. After three days of fighting the Dwarves and Men were driven back, and Brand was slain. But defending his body stood Dáin, who at over 250 years old wasn't feeble, and still could wield his axe with great skill.

But his skill was not enough and he was slain as well before the gates of Erebor. Several days later the Easterlings learned that the Battle of the Pelennor Fields was lost and they were afraid. When the new King Thorin III Stonehelm son of Dáin, and Brand's Bard II saw this they came out of the mountain and routed their enemies never to be bothered again.

Etymology and names

Dáinn is a dwarf from the Norse mythology. The name means "Deadlike".[source?]

The epithet Ironfoot remains unexplained in the published writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. However, John D. Rateliff has pointed out that an explanation for the epithet is likely found in the original manuscript of The Hobbit, where it is stated that the shoes of the Dwarves of the Iron Hills were of iron.[1]

Genealogy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dáin I
2440 - 2589
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thrór
2542 - 2790
 
Frór
2552 - 2589
 
 
 
Grór
2563 - 2803
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thráin II
2644 - 2850
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Náin
2665 - 2799
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thorin II Oakenshield
2746 - 2941
 
Frerin
2751 - 2799
 
Dís
2760 - ???
 
 
 
DÁIN II IRONFOOT
2767 - 3019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fíli
2859 - 2941
 
Kíli
2864 - 2941
 
Thorin III Stonehelm
2866 - ???


Preceded by:
Grór
Lord of the Iron Hills
T.A. 28052941
Himself
as King
Preceded by:
Thorin II Oakenshield
King of Durin's Folk
T.A. 29413019
Followed by:
Thorin III Stonehelm
5th King under the Mountain
T.A. 2941 – 3019

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Return to Bag End, p. 674 (note 12)