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| origin=[[Durin's Folk]] who settled in the [[Iron Hills]] in the [[First Age]]<ref name=Relations>{{PM|Relations}}, p. 302</ref>
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The '''Dwarves of the Iron Hills''' belonged to the house of the [[Longbeards]], otherwise known as [[Durin's folk]]. Originally, the Dwarves of this house dwelt in the northern [[Grey Mountains]], but they were greatly troubled by [[Dragons]] in that region. After King [[Dáin I]] was slain by one of these dragons, his surviving sons led an exodus into the east. Dáin's elder son [[Thrór]] recreated the [[Kingdom under the Mountain]] at [[Erebor]], while his younger brother [[Grór]] led a part of the people further into the east, to settle among the [[Iron Hills]].
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The '''Dwarves of the Iron Hills''' were [[Dwarves]] belonging to the house of the [[Durin's Folk|Longbeards]], otherwise known as [[Durin's Folk]], who lived in the [[Iron Hills]]. They became well-known for making a metal mesh that could be used for making flexible items like leg-coverings.
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
===Early History===
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===Early history===
The Hills were mined for thousands of years by [[Durin's folk]], because of the hills' rich amount of iron. The Dwarves had also constructed the Dwarf-road of Mirkwood which  ran northeast to the Hills for the Dwarf-traders than went to and from Khazad-dûm and the Hills.
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The [[Durin's Folk|Longbeard]] [[Dwarves]] of [[Moria|Khazad-dûm]] colonized the Iron Hills in the [[First Age]].<ref name=Relations>{{PM|Relations}}, p. 302</ref> The Hills were their primary source of iron-ore.<ref name=Relations>{{PM|Relations}}, p. 302</ref> The [[Old Forest Road|Dwarf-road of Mirkwood]] ran north-east from Khazad-dûm to the Hills for use by dwarf-traders and merchants.<ref>{{PM|XNotes}}, p. 323 (note 30)</ref>
  
===Founding of Gror's Realm===
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After [[Sauron]] destroyed [[Eregion]] in the [[Second Age]], the Longbeards sealed Khazad-dûm and Orcs took control of the northern Misty Mountains and the Grey Mountains. This ended communication between the Iron Hills and Khazad-dûm for some time.<ref>{{PM|Relations}}, p. 306</ref>
[[Gror]], son of [[Dain I]] and his people were forced to leave their home in the [[Gray Mountains]] due to attack of [[Dragons]]. He settled in the Iron Hills during the year [[Third Age 2590|2590]], where he became the first [[Lord of the Iron Hills]]. During his reign the realm became the strongest in the North, being the only realm standing between Sauron and his plans to destroy Rivendell and taking back the lands of Angmar. Also, following the [[Sack of Erebor]] many of Durin's folk fleeing from [[Smaug]] and those wandering in exile, except for [[Thrór]] and his small company of family and followers, came to the Iron Hills, bolstering their numbers.
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=== War of the Dwarves and Orcs ===
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After the fall of [[Khazad-dûm]] in {{TA|1981}}, many dwarves fleeing the [[Balrog]] wandered as far as the [[Iron Hills]], bolstering its population.<ref>{{PM|Third}}</ref>
During the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]] many Dwarves from the Iron Hills fought several battles, but they are mostly remembered from the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]] in the year {{TA|2799}}. [[Náin son of Grór|Naín]] and his army came to the battle in the most crucial moment, when the main Dwarven army was being decimated by the great host of Orcs. With these fresh reinforcments,  the Dwarves were able to route and destroy their opponents, fighting their way all up to the steps of the East-gate of [[Moria]]. There, Nain dueled with [[Azog]], the [[Orcs|Orc]] commander, resulting to his death. Later in the battle,[[Dáin II Ironfoot]] killed Azog out of vengeance for his father, achieving recognition because he was very young for dwarven standards. After this battle Dain led his Dwarves back to Gror's Halls.
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===Dain's Reign===
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=== Third Age===
Grór ruled the Dwarves of the Iron Hills for two hundred and fifteen years, and he died in 2805 at 241 years of age. Dain II became the second Lord of the Iron Hills, and during his reign Iron Hills evolved to the mightiest Dwarf-realm of its time. Years later, when Thrór's descendant [[Thorin Oakenshield]] sent to the Iron Hills for aid in restoring Erebor, Dáin sent many armoured Dwarves. As events developed, the Dwarves of the Iron Hills proved crucial in winning the ensuing [[Battle of Five Armies]]. Thorin died in that battle, and with him the royal line of [[Thrór]]. Through his ancestor Grór, the Kingship of Durin's Folk then fell on Dáin. Dáin II Ironfoot removed from the Iron Hills, and re-established a kingdom under the [[Lonely Mountain]]. It is possible that both Iron Hills and [[Erebor]] were ruled by him and later by his son [[Thorin III Stonehelm]].
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====Founding of Grór's Realm====
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In the Third Age, many Longboard Dwarves lived in the [[Grey Mountains]], but they were greatly troubled by [[Dragons]] in that region. After King [[Dáin I]] was slain by one of these dragons, his surviving sons led an exodus into the east. Dáin's elder son [[Thrór]] recreated the [[Kingdom under the Mountain]] at [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]], while his younger brother [[Grór]] led a part of the people further into the east to join their kindred living in the [[Iron Hills]].
  
===Later History===
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Grór settled in the Iron Hills in the year {{TA|2590}} and became [[Lord of the Iron Hills]]. During his reign, the realm became the strongest in the North, being the only realm standing between [[Sauron]] and his plans to destroy [[Rivendell]] and taking back the lands of [[Angmar]].<ref>{{App|Durin}}</ref> Also, following the [[Sack of Erebor]] many of Durin's folk fleeing from [[Smaug]] and those wandering in exile, except for [[Thrór]] and his small company of family and followers, came to the Iron Hills, bolstering their numbers.
It is possible, though not canonical, that the Dwarves from the Iron Hills, fought in the [[Battle of Dale]] against the Easterlings during the [[War of the Ring]], but Tolkien never stated that they specifically did.
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==Other information==
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====War of the Dwarves and Orcs====
They became well-known for making a metal mesh that could be used for making flexible items like leg-coverings.
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During the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]], many Dwarves from the Iron Hills fought several battles, but they are mostly remembered from the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]] in the year {{TA|2799}}. [[Náin son of Grór|Naín]] and his army came to the battle in the most crucial moment when the main Dwarven army was being decimated by the great host of Orcs. With these fresh reinforcements,  the Dwarves were able to route and destroy their opponents, fighting their way all up to the steps of the [[Great Gates|East-gate]] of [[Moria]]. There, Nain duelled with [[Azog]], the [[Orcs|Orc]] commander, resulting in his death. Later in the battle, [[Dáin Ironfoot|Dáin II Ironfoot]] killed Azog out of vengeance for his father, achieving recognition because he was very young for dwarven standards. After this battle, Dain led his Dwarves back to the Iron Hills.
  
These Dwarves of Durin's folk were known for being some of the most fierce and elite of all Dwarf armies. Their main weapon of choice seemed to have been the mattocks, though they also carried a short broad sword with a round shield.
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====Dáin's Reign====
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Grór ruled the Dwarves of the Iron Hills for 215 years, and he died in {{TA|2805}} at 241 years of age. [[Dáin Ironfoot]] became the next Lord of the Iron Hills.  
  
Not much is said on whom were enemies of these dwarves, but it seems likely that the [[Easterlings]] were one of them, since their empire was near and around the Iron Hills, and possibly Dragons. Considering they lived in the wastes to the North.
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Years later, Dáin's cousin [[Thorin]] attempted to restore the kingdom at Erebor, but he was trapped by the [[Elves of Mirkwood]] and [[Northmen]] of [[Lake-town|Esgaroth]] and sent to the Iron Hills for aid. Dáin arrived with 500 armoured Dwarves and as events developed, the Dwarves of the Iron Hills proved crucial in winning the ensuing [[Battle of Five Armies]] against the [[Orcs of the Misty Mountains]]. Thorin died in that battle, and with him the royal line of [[Thrór]]. Through his ancestor Grór, the Kingship of Durin's Folk then fell on Dáin. Dáin II Ironfoot removed from the Iron Hills and re-established a kingdom under the [[Lonely Mountain]].
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*''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', [[Appendix A]]
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*[[Unfinished Tales]]
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*''[[The Peoples of Middle-earth]]''
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Dwarves of the Iron Hills
People
Angelo Montanini - Iron Hill Dwarves.jpg
"Iron Hill Dwarves" by Angelo Montanini
General Information
OriginsDurin's Folk who settled in the Iron Hills in the First Age[1]
LocationsIron Hills
LanguagesKhuzdul, Westron
MembersDáin II Ironfoot, Grór, Náin, Thorin III Stonehelm
Physical Description
Lifespanc. 250 years
DistinctionsFierce warriors[2], exceedingly strong
Average heightFive feet or less
ClothingWell-armoured in combat
WeaponryMattocks, short-swords, and broad shields

The Dwarves of the Iron Hills were Dwarves belonging to the house of the Longbeards, otherwise known as Durin's Folk, who lived in the Iron Hills. They became well-known for making a metal mesh that could be used for making flexible items like leg-coverings.

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[edit] History

[edit] Early history

The Longbeard Dwarves of Khazad-dûm colonized the Iron Hills in the First Age.[1] The Hills were their primary source of iron-ore.[1] The Dwarf-road of Mirkwood ran north-east from Khazad-dûm to the Hills for use by dwarf-traders and merchants.[3]

After Sauron destroyed Eregion in the Second Age, the Longbeards sealed Khazad-dûm and Orcs took control of the northern Misty Mountains and the Grey Mountains. This ended communication between the Iron Hills and Khazad-dûm for some time.[4]

After the fall of Khazad-dûm in T.A. 1981, many dwarves fleeing the Balrog wandered as far as the Iron Hills, bolstering its population.[5]

[edit] Third Age

[edit] Founding of Grór's Realm

In the Third Age, many Longboard Dwarves lived in the Grey Mountains, but they were greatly troubled by Dragons in that region. After King Dáin I was slain by one of these dragons, his surviving sons led an exodus into the east. Dáin's elder son Thrór recreated the Kingdom under the Mountain at Erebor, while his younger brother Grór led a part of the people further into the east to join their kindred living in the Iron Hills.

Grór settled in the Iron Hills in the year T.A. 2590 and became Lord of the Iron Hills. During his reign, the realm became the strongest in the North, being the only realm standing between Sauron and his plans to destroy Rivendell and taking back the lands of Angmar.[6] Also, following the Sack of Erebor many of Durin's folk fleeing from Smaug and those wandering in exile, except for Thrór and his small company of family and followers, came to the Iron Hills, bolstering their numbers.

[edit] War of the Dwarves and Orcs

During the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, many Dwarves from the Iron Hills fought several battles, but they are mostly remembered from the Battle of Azanulbizar in the year T.A. 2799. Naín and his army came to the battle in the most crucial moment when the main Dwarven army was being decimated by the great host of Orcs. With these fresh reinforcements, the Dwarves were able to route and destroy their opponents, fighting their way all up to the steps of the East-gate of Moria. There, Nain duelled with Azog, the Orc commander, resulting in his death. Later in the battle, Dáin II Ironfoot killed Azog out of vengeance for his father, achieving recognition because he was very young for dwarven standards. After this battle, Dain led his Dwarves back to the Iron Hills.

[edit] Dáin's Reign

Grór ruled the Dwarves of the Iron Hills for 215 years, and he died in T.A. 2805 at 241 years of age. Dáin Ironfoot became the next Lord of the Iron Hills.

Years later, Dáin's cousin Thorin attempted to restore the kingdom at Erebor, but he was trapped by the Elves of Mirkwood and Northmen of Esgaroth and sent to the Iron Hills for aid. Dáin arrived with 500 armoured Dwarves and as events developed, the Dwarves of the Iron Hills proved crucial in winning the ensuing Battle of Five Armies against the Orcs of the Misty Mountains. Thorin died in that battle, and with him the royal line of Thrór. Through his ancestor Grór, the Kingship of Durin's Folk then fell on Dáin. Dáin II Ironfoot removed from the Iron Hills and re-established a kingdom under the Lonely Mountain.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", "Relations of the Longbeard Dwarves and Men", p. 302
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Clouds Burst"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", "Notes", p. 323 (note 30)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", "Relations of the Longbeard Dwarves and Men", p. 306
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Tale of Years of the Third Age"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"