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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]].
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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>
  
After the [[War of Wrath]], much of the Ered Luin fell into the sea, taking the Dwarf city of [[Nogrod]] home of the [[Firebeards]] Dwarves with it (which later became the [[Gulf of Lune]]), and ruining [[Belegost]] to the south, the home of [[Broadbeams]].  Many of the Firebeards and Broadbeams left the Ered Luin for [[Khazad-dum]] home of the [[Longbeards]], becoming part of [[Durin's folk]], while some stayed to help rebuild what they could of what later became the northern halls of the Dwarves, and the remnants of Belegost in the southern chain.  Which is where most of the Dwarves dwelt.  
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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.
  
For thousands of years the Dwarves toiled in the '''Blue Mountains'''.  Working the lesser mines and rebulding what was left of their ancient kingdom. They most likely traded with [[Elves]] of [[Mithlond]] during the Second through early Fourth Ages, and with the [[Men of Arnor]] in the late Second Age through the [[Third Age]].  
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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.
  
In the year 1981 the [[Balrog]] was awoken in Khazad-dum, and the Dwarves fled for the [[Grey Mountains]] and the [[Lonely Mountain]], and possibly some Dwarves fled to the '''Blue Mountains'''.  Durin's folk of the Grey Mountains were driven from their halls by Cold-drakes in 2589.  In 2770 [[Smaug]] the [[Dragon]] attacked the Lonely Mountain and drove the Dwarves off. They went into exile and wandered to [[Dunland]] to eke out a living.  But king [[Thrór]] was murdered by [[Azog]] the Goblin chieftain when Thrór went to see Khazad-dum (now called "Moria" "''the black pit''").  This tragedy would start the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]], in which Thrór's son [[Thráin II]] called all the houses of the Dwarves together to seek revenge on the Orcs.  The armies of the Dwarves sacked every Orc-hold in the [[Misty Mountains]], and in 2799 the final battle came at the slopes of the [[East-gate]] of Moria in the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]].  The Dwarves won in the end, but half the of those who particapated were killed.  So Durin's folk moved to the Northern Blue Mountains, where they started a new kingdom.  Years later, king Thráin II was going to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug, but was ambushed by Orcs on the eaves of [[Mirkwood]]. He was tortured for four years in the dungeons of [[Dol Guldur]] until his death.
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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.
[[Thorin II Oakenshield]], became king of Durin's folk in the Northern Ered Luin, until he left on the [[Quest of Erebor]] to reclaim the Lonely Mountain.  He succeeded in his quest but was killed in the [[Battle of Five Armies]] He was succeeded by his cousin, [[Dáin II Ironfoot]] from the [[Iron Hills]].  It is not known who became the leader of the Dwarves in the Ered Luin.
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The '''Dwarves of the Blue Mountains''', lived in their halls through the Fourth Age, but nothng is known about what happened to them.
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===Second Age===
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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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===Third Age===
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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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Dwarves of the Blue Mountains
People
Angelo Montanini - Blue Mountain Dwarves.jpg
"Blue Mountain Dwarves" by Angelo Montanini
General Information
Other namesDwarves of Ered Lindon
LocationsNogrod, Belegost, Khazad-dûm, Thorin's Halls, newer halls in the Southern chain
AffiliationUnion of Maedhros
RivalriesIathrim
LanguagesKhuzdul, Sindarin, Westron
MembersAzaghâl, Telchar, Gamil Zirak
Physical Description
Lifespanc. 250 years
DistinctionsGreat craftsmen
Average heightFive feet or less

The Dwarves of the Blue Mountains were the various Dwarven peoples in the Ered Luin.

Contents

[edit] History

[edit] First Age

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.[1]

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[2] and later allies of the Noldor of Beleriand (they had generally better relations with the Elves than their neighbors in Nogrod).[3] They first met the Noldor Elves near Mount Rerir and a great friendship began between the two peoples.

They played a great part in the making of Thingol's halls at Menegroth, and later aided in the delving of Nargothrond beside Narog.[4] Finrod rewarded them with treasures he brought from Tirion.[4] 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.

After Morgoth's return to Middle-earth, the Dwarves were loosely allied with the Elves in the Wars of Beleriand that followed. They fought in the Nirnaeth Arnoediad, where 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.

[edit] Second Age

After the end of the First Age, around S.A. 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.[5][6] However, there always remained some Dwarves on the eastern side of the Blue Mountains in days afterwards.[7]

[edit] Third Age

After the death of 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.

After the War, the remaining western Dwarves went back to their countries, and a year later King Thráin and his people established a new realm-in-exile in the northern Ered Luin beyond the Little Lune.[5] 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.[1][5] They made things mostly of iron, trading with their neighbouring kinsmen in the south, the Men of Eriador, and likely the Elves of Lindon.[5]

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 II Ironfoot. Many of the people of Durin's folk went to him and it became a great and prosperous kingdom once again.

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.[8]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2013: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

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 tells him that it is his own pouch that fell earlier, and they are going on circles.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", p. 322, note 24
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Sindar"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Noldor in Beleriand"
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Return of the Noldor"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age", entry "c. 40"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"