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Durin II

The name Durin refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Durin (disambiguation).
Durin II
Dwarf
Philip Kerst - Durin II.png
"Durin II" by Philip Kerst
Biographical Information
PositionKing of Durin's Folk
King of Khazad-dûm
LocationKhazad-dûm
LanguageKhuzdul
Family
HouseHouse of Durin
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Durin II

Durin II (lived sometime during First Age or early Second Age[note 1][1]) was a King of Durin's folk and King of Khazad-dûm.

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History

Like all Durins after Durin I he was given the name of the first Father of the Dwarves because he greatly resembled him in both appearance and manner. Indeed it was believed among the Dwarves that he was the reincarnation of Durin I, though whether this is possible is unclear.[1]

Etymology

One account states that the name Durin was a word for "king" in the language of the Men of the North in the early Second Age.[2]

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

Theories

Robert Foster, author of The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, has suggested that this is the Durin named on the Doors of Durin of Moria, built around S.A. 750.[4]

Genealogy

Durin I
fl. Y.T.
 
 
 
 
 
 
DURIN II
fl. late F.A./early S.A.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Durin III
fl. S.A. 1600
 
 
 
 
 
 
Durin IV
fl. late S.A./early T.A.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Durin V
fl. late S.A./early T.A.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Durin VI
T.A. 1731 - 1980
 


Durin II
House of Durin
Unknown
Last known:
Durin I (Elder Days)
King of Durin's FolkUnknown
Next known:
Durin III (mid-Second Age)
King of Khazad-dûm

Notes

  1. Durin the Deathless is described as having died before the end of the First Age, whilst Durin III received one of the Seven Rings.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "X. Of Dwarves and Men", "Relations of the Longbeard Dwarves and Men"
  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
  4. Robert Foster (1971), The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry DURIN II
Kings of Durin's Folk
Durin I* (Y.T.) · Durin II* · Durin III* (fl. S.A. 1600) · Durin IV* · Durin V* · Durin VI* (until T.A. 1980) · Náin I* (1980 - 1981) · Thráin I (1981 - 2190) · Thorin I (2190 - 2289) · Glóin (2289 - 2385) · Óin (2385 - 2488) · Náin II (2488 - 2585) · Dáin I (2585 - 2589) · Thrór (2585 - 2790) · Thráin II (2790 - 2850) · Thorin II Oakenshield (2850 - 2941) · Dáin II Ironfoot (2941 - 3019) · Thorin III Stonehelm (T.A. 3019 - Fourth Age) · Durin VII (Fourth Age)*
* Kings of Khazad-dûm · Kings under the Mountain