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Durin the Deathless
Biographical Information
Other namesDurin the Deadless, Father of the Dwarves
ParentageNone; created by Aulë himself
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Durin the Deathless

Durin I (Years of the TreesFirst Age), also known as Durin the Deathless, was the first of the seven Fathers of the Dwarves to be created by the Vala Aulë.



He was set to sleep under the mountains of Middle-earth until after the Awakening of the Elves. Durin awoke at Mount Gundabad in the Misty Mountains during the Years of the Trees. He journeyed South through the wild until he came upon Kheled-zâram. Looking upon mysterious stars set like a crown reflected in its surface, he took this as a sign, and there in the caves above the lake, founded a great city. This was Khazad-dûm, later called Moria, and for many years it was the greatest Dwarven city in Middle-earth.

Durin was the founder of the Longbeards house, which became known as Durin's folk.

He lived to a great age even by the measure of the Dwarves, outliving many of his children, until he was known as "The Deathless". However, he was not actually immortal, and died sometime during the First Age.

The age of Durin has been speculated, however all that can be known for certain is that he was born before Y.T. 1250[1] and died before the end of the First Age.[2] This makes Durin at least 2,395 years old, about ten-times the lifespan of Dwarves.[note 1]

The Longbeards believed that Durin would return to them seven times, and in each reincarnation he will again be named Durin and reign as King. He did have six descendants that were named Durin, all were kings of Durin's folk.

Durin's axe survived him and would become a great heirloom of Durin's folk.


Durinn is one of the Dwarfs in the Dvergatal. The name means "Sleepy".[3]


  1. Years of the Sun. Each Year of the Tree is equal to 9.582 Years of the Sun, and the Years of the Trees ended in the year 1500. So, 9.582 x 250 = 2,395.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §19
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  3. Chester Nathan Gould, "Dwarf-Names: A Study in Old Icelandic Religion", published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Vol 44 (1929), issue #4, pp. 939-967
House of Durin
Position created
King of Durin's FolkUnknown
Next known:
Durin II
King of Khazad-dûm