Tolkien Gateway

Durin's folk

Revision as of 17:28, 9 September 2006 by (Talk)

Durin's folk were by right the inhabitants of Khazad-dûm, also called the Longbeards. Their first King was Durin the Deathless.

Durin's folk were joined in Second Age by the Firebeards and Broadbeams from the Ered Luin, after the War of Wrath destroyed, and ruined their homes.

The Dwarves of Durin's folk were ruled by six kings named Durin, all fathers and sons, until Durin VI, who was killed by Durin's Bane in 1980 of the Third Age. After him Durin did not return to his people for many years, until in the Fourth Age a Durin VII appeared, likely the son of Thorin III, and therefore would have been a direct descendent of Durin the Deathless. Durin VII was also known as Durin the Last.


When Durin's folk were driven out of Khazad-dum, most of them went to the Grey Mountains, while some followed king Thráin I to the Lonely Mountain. But when Thorin I succeeded his father as king, he abandoned the Lonely Mountain for the Grey Mountains, when he saw how prosperous the Dwarves there were. several hundred years later Thorin's great-great-grandson king Dáin I, was killed by invading Cold-drakes. Durin's folk then fled to the Iron Hills, and once again to the Lonely Mountain. Years later, the Dwarves of Erebor fled the mountain when Smaug attacked. Durin's folk that lived in Erebor, now were exiles. Living for a short period in Dunland, until the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, which they then moved to the Blue Mountains. For over a hundred and fifty years the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains waited to take back Erebor, until there king, Thorin II Oakenshield, went on his quest for the Lonely Mountain. He refounded his kingdom after Smaug was killed, but Thorin was killed later in the Battle of Five Armies. His cousin Dáin II Ironfoot succeeded him as king of Durin's folk. Some time during the Fourth Age Durin VII reastablished the kingdom of Khazad-dum.

Line of Durin's folk

After Thorin's death the line passed to his cousin Dáin II Ironfoot (son of Grór, younger brother of Thráin II), who was killed in the War of the Ring in 3019 T.A. Dáin's son Thorin III Stonehelm then became king. Thorin III, had either a son or grandson, Durin VII the Last, who refounded Khazad-dûm.