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{{disambig-two|the City of Dale|Kingdom|[[Kingdom of Dale]]}}
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{{disambig-two|the City of Dale|the Kingdom|[[Kingdom of Dale]]}}
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{{location
| name=Dale
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| image=[[File:Matěj Čadil - Dale.jpg|250px]]
 
| image=[[File:Matěj Čadil - Dale.jpg|250px]]
| caption="Dale" by Matěj Čadil
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| name=Dale
| pronun=
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| othernames=
 
| othernames=
| location=Northern [[Rhovanion|Wilderland]] on the banks of [[River Running]], between the south-west and south-east arms of [[Lonely Mountain]]
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| etymology="Valley"
| type=City-state
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| type=City state
| description=
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| location=Northern [[Wilderland]], between the southwest and southeast arms of [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]]
| regions=
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| towns=
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| inhabitants=[[Northmen]]
 
| inhabitants=[[Northmen]]
| created=Around {{TA|2590}}
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| realms=[[Kingdom of Dale]]
| destroyed={{TA|2770}}
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| description=Capital city of the Northmen
| rebuilt={{TA|2941|n}}
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| events=[[Sack of Erebor]], [[Battle of Five Armies]], [[Battle of Dale]]
 
| events=[[Sack of Erebor]], [[Battle of Five Armies]], [[Battle of Dale]]
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| references=
 
}}
 
}}
 
'''Dale''' was a city of the [[Northmen]], destroyed by the [[Dragons|dragon]] [[Smaug]] and rebuilt after his demise.
 
'''Dale''' was a city of the [[Northmen]], destroyed by the [[Dragons|dragon]] [[Smaug]] and rebuilt after his demise.
 
   
 
   
 
==Description==
 
==Description==
Dale was situated in the valley between the south-western and south-eastern arms of the [[Lonely Mountain]], nestled in a sharp U-shaped bend of the [[River Running]].<ref>{{H|Thror}}</ref> It was known as a merry town that traded, mainly in food-supplies, for the skills and craft-pieces of the [[Dwarves of Erebor|Dwarves]]. Dale's toy market was the wonder of the North<ref name="Party">{{H|Party}}</ref> and the town was renowned for its bells.<ref>{{H|Doorstep}}</ref>
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Dale was situated in the valley between the southwestern and southeastern arms of the [[Lonely Mountain]], nestled in a sharp U-shaped bend of the [[River Running]].<ref>{{H|Thror}}</ref> It was known as a merry town that traded, mainly in food-supplies, for the skills and craft-pieces of the [[Dwarves of Erebor|Dwarves]]. Dale's toy market was the wonder of the North<ref name="Party">{{H|Party}}</ref> and the town was renowned for its bells.<ref>{{H|Doorstep}}</ref>
  
==History==
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[[File:Angus McBride - Dale.jpg|thumb|left|[[Angus McBride]] - ''Dale'']]
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In {{TA|2590}} King [[Thrór]] re-established the [[Kingdom under the Mountain]].<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref> The realm prospered and [[Northmen]] living to the south came up the River Running and built Dale.<ref name="Party"/> The town shared in the prosperity of the Dwarves and it was governed by the [[Lord of Dale]], of whom the last was named [[Girion]].<ref>{{H|Fire}}</ref>
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In {{TA|2770|n}} [[Smaug]] descended upon the Dwarf-kingdom.<ref name="TA"/> Although the [[Men of Dale]] fielded warriors against the monster they could not prevent him from killing or scattering the Dwarves and then occupying the Lonely Mountain. After the attack the dragon would crawl out of the [[Front Gate]] of the Mountain by night and carry away people (especially maidens) from Dale to eat. The remaining population soon fled and the deserted city fell into ruins.<ref name="Party"/>
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The death of Smaug and the [[Battle of Five Armies]] occurred in {{TA|2941|n}}. Three years after the battle, Dale was rebuilt by [[Bard|Bard the Bowman]],<ref name="TA"/> who had killed the dragon and was the descendant of Girion. Dale soon again enjoyed prosperity: Bard founded the [[Kingdom of Dale]] and it gathered men from the [[Long Lake]], the South, and the West. [[Lake-town]] was rebuilt and grew wealthy from traffic with Dale.<ref>{{H|Stage}}</ref> Its people became known as [[Bardings]], after their new ruler.
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[[File:Jan Pospisil - Dale units vs. Rhun.jpg|left|thumb|Jan Pospisil - ''The Battle of Dale'']]
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During the reign of  King [[Brand]], the grandson of Bard the Bowman, Dale served as the capital for the lands he ruled, which extended far south and east of Lake-town.<ref>{{FR|II1}}</ref> However, as [[Glóin]] revealed at the [[Council of Elrond]], in {{TA|3017|n}} a messenger from [[Mordor]] came to ask King [[Dáin Ironfoot]] at the gate to the Lonely Mountain for news of [[Hobbits]] and to ask for [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo's]] [[The One Ring|ring]]. Messengers had also come to King Brand and there were enemies gathering upon the Kingdom of Dale's eastern borders.<ref>{{FR|II2}}</ref>
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During the [[War of the Ring]], the [[Easterlings]] crossed the border and moved to attack the city. On [[17 March]] {{TA|3019|n}} the [[Battle of Dale]] began. Not able to hold back the Easterlings the Bardings and their allies, the Dwarves of Erebor, retreated into the Lonely Mountain, but lost Kings Brand and Dáin Ironfoot who were both slain at the Gate of Erebor. For seven days the Men and Dwarves barricaded themselves in Erebor until news came from the south of the defeat of [[Sauron]]. The new kings of Dale and Erebor ([[Bard II]] and [[Thorin Stonehelm|Thorin III Stonehelm]]), broke the siege and chased the Easterlings out of Dale. After the siege, the Bardings rebuilt Dale, with the help of the Dwarves. Bard also sent an emissary to the coronation of King [[Aragorn|Elessar]].<ref>{{App|Great}}</ref>
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==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
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[[File:Dale-BFME2.jpg|thumb|Dale in [[The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II|''BFME'' II]]]]
 
[[File:Dale-BFME2.jpg|thumb|Dale in [[The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II|''BFME'' II]]]]
 
'''2006: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II]]'':'''
 
'''2006: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II]]'':'''
:The City of Dale appears in the ''Erebor'' map, just south-east of the mountain itself. It appears to contain several houses, taverns and bridges, as well as a statue of a man. The city is built around the mountain's river.
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:The City of Dale appears in the ''Erebor'' map, just southeast of the mountain itself. It appears to contain several houses, taverns and bridges, as well as a statue of a [[Men|man]]. The city is built around the mountain's river.
  
 
'''2012: ''[[The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]'':'''
 
'''2012: ''[[The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]'':'''
 
:Glimpses of the [[sack of Erebor]] and the destruction of Dale were shown in the opening prologue sequence.
 
:Glimpses of the [[sack of Erebor]] and the destruction of Dale were shown in the opening prologue sequence.
 
'''2013: ''[[The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug]]'':'''
 
:The ruined city of Dale appears briefly in the scene when [[Bilbo Baggins]] and the [[Thorin and Company|Dwarves]] are heading for [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]].
 
 
'''2014: ''[[The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies]]'':'''
 
:After the death of [[Smaug]], the villagers of [[Lake-town]] seek refuge in the ruined city. During the [[Battle of Five Armies]], they hide inside Dale while the [[Lake-men]] combat the enemy forces. When the [[Orcs|Orc]] army attacks the ruined city, Bard and the Lake-towners run to defend it, leaving the [[Dwarves]] and the [[Elves]] to protect the gates of Erebor. The Elves later come to join the [[Men]] in defending the city.
 
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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{{References}}
 
{{References}}
[[Category:Cities, towns and villages]]
 
 
[[Category:Rhovanion]]
 
[[Category:Rhovanion]]
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[[fi:Laakso]]
 
[[fi:Laakso]]
 
[[fr:encyclo:geographie:villes_tours_et_forteresses:rhovanion:dale]]
 
[[fr:encyclo:geographie:villes_tours_et_forteresses:rhovanion:dale]]

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