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Dale

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This article is about the City of Dale. For the Kingdom, see Kingdom of Dale.
Dale
City-state
Matěj Čadil - Dale.jpg
"Dale" by Matěj Čadil
General Information
LocationNorthern Wilderland on the banks of River Running, between the south-west and south-east arms of Lonely Mountain
TypeCity-state
People and History
InhabitantsNorthmen
CreatedAround T.A. 2590
DestroyedT.A. 2770
EventsSack of Erebor, Battle of Five Armies, Battle of Dale
GalleryImages of Dale

Dale was a city of the Northmen, destroyed by the dragon Smaug and rebuilt after his demise.

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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.[1] It was known as a merry town that traded, mainly in food-supplies, for the skills and craft-pieces of the Dwarves. Dale's toy market was the wonder of the North[2] and the town was renowned for its bells.[3]

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Etymology

The word dale means "valley", as it was built in the Celduin valley between two arms of Erebor.

Portrayal in adaptations

Dale in BFME 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.

2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

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 Dwarves are heading for 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 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

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Thrór's Map"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "On the Doorstep"