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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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'''Durin VII''' ([[Fourth Age]]) was the last of the six reincarnations of [[Durin the Deathless]] and a descendant of [[Thorin III Stonehelm]]. Almost nothing is known of his life, but an unpublished paper<sup>1</sup> by [[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] stated that he led [[Durin's folk]] back [[Khazad-dûm]] and restored the ancient kingdom in the Fourth Age. There his clan remained "until the world grew old and the Dwarves failed and the days of Durin's race were ended." The actions of Durin VII were prophesized at the time of the [[Battle of Five Armies]]. It is not known if Tolkien meant this interpretation to stand.
  
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.
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==== Notes ====
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# From Volume 12 of [[The History of Middle-earth]], ''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]''
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== Genealogy ==
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    [[Dáin II Ironfoot]]
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  [[Thorin III Stonehelm]]
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      '''DURIN VII'''
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</code>
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{{sequence
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|prev=[[Thorin III Stonehelm]]<br>at some earlier time
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|next=unknown
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|list=[[Kings of Durin's Folk]]
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}}
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{{sequence
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|prev=[[Balin]] at some earlier time
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|next=unknown
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|list=[[Kings of Khazad-dûm]]
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}}
  
 
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[[Category:Dwarves]]
 
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Revision as of 00:59, 24 May 2006

Durin VII (Fourth Age) was the last of the six reincarnations of Durin the Deathless and a descendant of Thorin III Stonehelm. Almost nothing is known of his life, but an unpublished paper1 by Tolkien stated that he led Durin's folk back Khazad-dûm and restored the ancient kingdom in the Fourth Age. There his clan remained "until the world grew old and the Dwarves failed and the days of Durin's race were ended." The actions of Durin VII were prophesized at the time of the Battle of Five Armies. It is not known if Tolkien meant this interpretation to stand.

Notes

  1. From Volume 12 of The History of Middle-earth, The Peoples of Middle-earth

Genealogy

   Dáin II Ironfoot
         |
         |
 Thorin III Stonehelm
         :
         :
         :
     DURIN VII

Preceded by:
Thorin III Stonehelm
at some earlier time
Kings of Durin's Folk Followed by:
unknown
Preceded by:
Balin at some earlier time
Kings of Khazad-dûm Followed by:
unknown