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'''Durin VII''' was the last of the seven Durins appears once in [[Appendix A]] to [[The Lord of the Rings]], as an undated descendant of [[Thorin III Stonehelm]]. As such, we know almost nothing of him apart from the bare fact of his existence.
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| titles=[[Kings of Durin's Folk|King of Durin's Folk]]<br/>[[Kings of Khazad-dûm|King of Khazad-dûm]]
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| house=[[House of Durin]]
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<center>{{quote|There lies his crown in water deep,<br>Till Durin wakes again from sleep.|[[Song of Durin]]<ref>{{FR|Journey}}</ref>}}</center>
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'''Durin VII''' (lived in the [[Fourth Age]]) was the last of the six reincarnations of [[Durin|Durin the Deathless]].
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In volume 12 of [[The History of Middle-earth]] ([[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]), though, we have access to the proofs of Appendix A, and a little more of Durin's life is revealed. His birth, it seems, was prophesied at the [[Battle of Five Armies]], and he was born several centuries later. He led Durin's Folk back to recolonise [[Khazad-dûm]] during the [[Fourth Age]], where they remained 'until the world grew old and the Dwarves failed and the days of Durin's race were ended.' The status of this story is unclear, though: it never appeared in [[The Lord of the Rings]], and may have been rejected by Tolkien after its composition.  
  
==History==
 
The actions of Durin VII were prophesized long before he was born, at the time of the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]].<ref name="AppA">{{App|Durin}}</ref>
 
 
Durin VII was the direct descendant of king [[Thorin III Stonehelm]] (according to some sources, his son).<ref name="Making">{{PM|Aiv}}, p. 278-9</ref>
 
 
He led [[Durin's folk]] back to [[Moria|Khazad-dûm]] and restored the ancient kingdom during the [[Fourth Age]]. There his house remained until the world grew old and the Dwarves failed and the days of Durin's race were ended.<ref>{{PM|Dwarves}}</ref>
 
 
==Etymology==
 
''Durinn'' is one of the Dwarfs in the ''[[Völuspá|Dvergatal]]''. The name means "Sleepy".<ref>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</ref>
 
 
== Genealogy ==
 
 
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{{familytree | THO |THO=[[Thorin Stonehelm|Thorin III Stonehelm]]<br/><small>''b. {{TA|2866|n}}''</small>}}
 
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{{familytree | DUR |DUR='''DURIN VII'''}}
 
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| prev=Last known:<br/>[[Thorin Stonehelm|Thorin III Stonehelm]]
 
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| list=[[Kings of Durin's Folk|King of Durin's Folk]]
 
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| list=[[Kings of Khazad-dûm|King of Khazad-dûm]]
 
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