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The '''Dwarves of the Blue Mountains''' refers to the Dwarves that lived in the remnants of the [[Ered Luin]] from the [[Second Age]] to the [[Fourth Age]].  The Dwarves lived on the Eastern side of the mountains.
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| name=Dwarves of the Blue Mountains
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| image=[[File:Angelo Montanini - Blue Mountain Dwarves.jpg|250px]]
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| caption="[[:File:Angelo Montanini - Blue Mountain Dwarves.jpg|Blue Mountain Dwarves]]" by Angelo Montanini
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| othernames=Dwarves of Ered Lindon
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| location=[[Nogrod]], [[Belegost]], [[Khazad-dûm]], [[Thorin's Halls]], newer halls in the Southern chain
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| affiliation=[[Union of Maedhros]]
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| rivalry=[[Iathrim]]
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| language=[[Khuzdul]], [[Sindarin]], [[Westron]]
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| members=[[Azaghâl]], [[Telchar]], [[Gamil Zirak]]
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| lifespan=c. 250 years
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| distinctions=Great craftsmen
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The '''Dwarves of the Blue Mountains''' were the various [[Dwarves|Dwarven]] peoples in the [[Blue Mountains|Ered Luin]].
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==History==
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===First Age===
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The [[Firebeards]] and [[Broadbeams]] awoke in the Blue Mountains, and lived there throughout the history of their people. These two houses built the great Dwarven cities of [[Nogrod]] and [[Belegost]].<ref name="Dwarves">{{PM|Dwarves}}, p. 322, note 24</ref>
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From their mountain-cities, the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains came down into [[Beleriand]] to trade with the Elves. The [[Dwarves of Belegost]] were friends to the [[Sindar]]<ref name="Sindar">{{S|Sindar}}</ref> and later allies of the [[Noldor]] of [[Beleriand]] (they had generally better relations with the [[Elves]] than their [[Dwarves of Nogrod|neighbors]] in [[Nogrod]]).<ref>{{S|Noldor}}</ref> They first met the [[Noldor]] Elves near Mount [[Rerir]] and a great friendship began between the two peoples.
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After the [[War of Wrath]], much of the Ered Luin fell into the sea, taking the Dwarf city of [[Nogrod]] home of the [[Firebeards | Firebeard]] Dwarves with it (it then became the [[Gulf of Lune]]), and ruining [[Belegost]] to the north, the home of [[Broadbeams]]. Many of these two Houses left the Ered Luin for [[Khazad-dûm]] home of the [[Longbeards]], bringing much lore and craft and swelling its numbers.  While some stayed to rebuild their countries, and start over again.  Their halls were located mainly in the Southern Ered Luin.
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For hundreds of years the remnants of the Firebeards and Broadbeams toiled in the '''Blue Mountains'''.  Working the mines and building new realms.  The two Houses lived mainly in the Southern range after the Elder Days.
  
They played a great part in the making of [[Thingol|Thingol's]] halls at [[Menegroth]], and later aided in the delving of [[Nargothrond]] beside [[Narog]].<ref name="Return" /> [[Finrod]] rewarded them with treasures he brought from [[Tirion]].<ref name="Return">{{S|Return}}</ref> In Nogrod during this period, the master craftsman [[Telchar]] forged weapons and armour that would be famed through Middle-earth's history, including [[Narsil]], the sword that would be broken and reforged for [[Aragorn]] several millenia later.
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They most likely traded with [[Elves]] of [[Mithlond]] during the Second through Fourth Ages, with the [[Men of Arnor]] in the late Second Age through the [[Third Age]], and with Durin's folk throughout the their histories.  
  
After [[Morgoth]]'s return to Middle-earth, the Dwarves were loosely [[Union of Maedhros|allied]] with the Elves in the [[Wars of Beleriand]] that followed. They fought in the [[Nirnaeth Arnoediad]], where [[Lord of Belegost|Lord]] [[Azaghâl]] of [[Belegost]] drove [[Glaurung]] from the field but was himself slain. After the battle, relations between the Elves and Dwarves cooled: [[Dwarves of Nogrod]] slew Thingol and stole the [[Nauglamír]], and after this time, enmity and mistrust grew between the two peoples.
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When the [[Balrog]] drove the Dwarves out of Khazad-dûm in 1981, it is speculated that the Firebeards and Broadbeams went back to the Ered Luin and reestablished their kingdoms.  And had a lesser amount to do with the Longbeards except through trade.  Until the murder of their King [[Thrór]]. Who was killed by [[Azog]] the Chieftain of the Orcs of the Misty Mountains.  The King's son [[Thráin]] sent messengers to all the Houses of the Dwarves requesting aid. All the Houses sent troops and helped fight in the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]].
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After the War the two Hosts of the West went back to their countries, and a year later King Thráin and his group of Durin's folk established a new realm in the Northern Ered Luin.  His people prospered in a fashion, and were swelled in numbers by many of the wandering folk of Durin.  They made things mostly of iron, trading with their neighbors to the South and to Durin's folk and other peoples elsewhere.
  
===Second Age===
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Years later after King [[Thorin Oakenshield]] went on the [[Quest of Erebor]] and was killed in the [[Battle of Five Armies]], the [[Kingdom under the Mountain]] was reestablished by the new king [[Dáin II Ironfoot]].  Many of the people of Durin's folk went to him and it became a great and prosperous kingdom once again.
After the end of the [[First Age]], around {{SA|40}}, the power and wealth of [[Khazad-dûm]] was much increased; for it was enriched by many people and much lore and craft when the ancient cities of [[Nogrod]] and [[Belegost]] in the [[Blue Mountains]] were ruined in the breaking of [[Thangorodrim]].<ref name="Durin">{{App|Durin}}</ref><ref name="B1">{{App|B1}}, entry "''c.'' 40"</ref> However, there always remained some Dwarves on the eastern side of the Blue Mountains in days afterwards.<ref>{{UT|Concerning}}</ref>
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So a much smaller amount of Durin's folk lived in the North, but the Firebeards and Broadbeams continue to live in the Ered Luin through Fourth Age, and Probably till the diminishing of the race of Dwarves.  
  
===Third Age===
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[[Category:Dwarves]]
After the death of [[King of Durin's Folk|King]] [[Thrór]], his son [[Thráin]] sent messengers to all the Houses of the Dwarves requesting aid, and it can be assumed that both the western houses sent troops to fight in the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]].
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After the War, the remaining western Dwarves went back to their countries, and a year later King Thráin and his people established a [[Thorin's Halls|new realm-in-exile]] in the northern Ered Luin beyond the [[Little Lune]].<ref name="Durin" /> His people prospered in a fashion and were swelled in numbers by many of the wandering folk of Durin, and they built many fair houses in the hills.<ref name="Dwarves"/><ref name="Durin" /> They made things mostly of iron, trading with their neighbouring kinsmen in the south, the Men of Eriador, and likely the [[Elves of Lindon]].<ref name="Durin" />
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Years later, after King [[Thorin]] went on the [[Quest of Erebor]] and was killed in the [[Battle of Five Armies]], the [[Kingdom under the Mountain]] was re-established by the new king [[Dáin Ironfoot|Dáin II Ironfoot]]. Many of the people of Durin's folk went to him and it became a great and prosperous kingdom once again.
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Even later in the [[Fourth Age]], there were still Dwarves in mines in the east side of the Blue Mountains, especially south of the [[Gulf of Lune]], still trading along the [[East Road]].<ref>{{App|Eriador}}</ref>
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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'''2013: ''[[The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug]]'':'''
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:While [[Thorin and Company]] are lost in [[Mirkwood]], [[Bofur]] finds a dwarven tobacco pouch on the ground, which he recognizes as one from the Dwarves of the Blue Mountains. [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]] tells him that it is his own pouch that fell earlier, and they are going on circles.
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[[Category:Dwarven peoples]]
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[[de:Ered Luin]]
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[[fi:Sinivuoret]]
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