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Durin III

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The name Durin refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Durin (disambiguation).
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Durin III
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Durin III (late Second Age) was a King of Durin's folk who ruled the great Dwarven city of Khazad-dûm. During his reign the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm had struck a rare friendship with the Elves of Ost-in-Edhil in Eregion. Celebrimbor, the lord of Ost-in-Edhil, designed with Narvi the famous Doors of Durin. More importantly, Celebrimbor secretly gave Durin the first of the Seven Rings of Power. This ring would later be known as the Ring of Thrór.

Unbeknownst to Celebrimbor, his partner in crafting the Rings was actually Sauron. The Dark Lord had come in the guise of wise Annatar to corrupt the Elves through the Rings of Power. By Second Age 1697, Sauron had learned that he could not control either the Elves nor the Dwarves through the Rings and led a large army towards Eregion. There he slaughtered Celebrimbor and scattered the people of Ost-in-Edhil. In response Durin sealed the Doors of Durin from the outside world.

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.

Portrayal in adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

In the prologue, Durin III appears with the other six Lords receiving their Rings. He is only identified as Durin on a Decipher Card.
Preceded by:
Durin II at some earlier time
King of Durin's Folk
during the late Second Age
Followed by:
Durin IV at some later time
Preceded by:
Durin II at some earlier time
King of Khazad-dûm
during the late Second Age
Followed by:
Durin IV at some later time