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Dwarves of the Blue Mountains

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Dwarves of the Blue Mountains
Angelo Montanini - Blue Mountain Dwarves.jpg
"Blue Mountain Dwarves" by Angelo Montanini
General Information
Other namesDwarves of Ered Lindon
OriginsNogrod and Belegost were founded by the Firebeards and Broadbeams; the settlers of the Third Age were Longbeard exiles from Khazad-dûm
LocationsBlue Mountains, Nogrod, Belegost, Khazad-dûm, Thorin's Halls, newer halls in the Southern chain
AffiliationUnion of Maedhros
LanguagesKhuzdul, Sindarin, Westron
Physical Description
Lifespanc. 250 years
DistinctionsGreat craftsmen

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



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 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.

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] However, there always remained some Dwarves on the eastern side of the Blue Mountains in days afterwards.[6]

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. They made things mostly of iron, trading with their neighbouring kinsmen in the south, the Men of Eriador, and likely the Elves.

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.[7]

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.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men"
  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. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Durin
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"