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The '''Iron Hills''' were a range of great hills in the north-east of of [[Rhovanion (region)|Wilderland]]. The Hills were the source of the river [[Carnen]] and rich in iron.<ref>{{UT|Map}}</ref><ref name="Third">{{PM|Third}}</ref>It was also home to a [[Dwarf realms|Dwarf-realm]] of the [[Durin's Folk|Longbeards]].<ref>{{H|Gathering}}</ref>
The '''Iron Hills''' were a range of hills in the northeast of the known parts of [[Middle-earth]], border-lining [[Rhûn]]. There was a [[Dwarf realms|Dwarf-realm]] located in the hills, led famously by [[Dáin Ironfoot]].
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The Iron Hills were rich in iron<ref name=Relations/>, but probably not in [[gold]]; the [[Dwarves of the Iron Hills]], although prosperous, were not as wealthy as their other cousins.<ref name=Foster/>
 
==History==
 
==History==
The Hills were mined for thousands of years by the Dwarves, being their main supply of iron.<ref name="Third">{{PM|Third}}</ref> The [[Dwarf-road of Mirkwood]] ran northeast to the Hills for the Dwarf-traders that went to and from [[Khazad-dûm]] and the Hills.<ref>{{PM|Dwarves}}</ref>
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===Early History===
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The Iron Hills were perhaps a part or a remnant of the mountain chain [[Ered Engrin]] that formed the [[Iron Mountains]] of the [[First Age]].<ref>[[Karen Wynn Fonstad]], ''[[The Atlas of Middle-earth]]'' p. 78</ref>
  
In {{TA|1981}} the last of the dwarves living in [[Moria]] fled from the [[Balrog]] who had slain [[Durin VI]] and [[Náin I]].<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref>  Some of the escaping dwarves wandered as far as the Iron Hills and settled there.<ref name="Third"/>
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The Hills were mined for thousands of years by the Longbeards, being their primary source for iron above all the rest of their territories.<ref name=Relations>{{PM|Relations}}, p. 302</ref> The [[Dwarf-road of Mirkwood]] ran north-east to the Hills for the dwarf-traders and merchants between [[Khazad-dûm]] and the Hills.<ref>{{PM|XNotes}}, p. 323 (note 30)</ref>
  
In {{TA|2570}} Dragons began afflicting the dwarves in the north and in {{TA|2589}} [[Dáin I]] was slain by a dragon in the Grey Mountains.<ref name="TA"/> Due to these deprivations, in {{TA|2590}} [[Grór]] left the [[Grey Mountains]] and established a realm in the Iron Hills.<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref> Over hundreds of years it became a great realm, especially after the destruction of [[Erebor]] in {{TA|2770}}.<ref name="TA"/>
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===Third Age===
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In {{TA|1981}} the last of the Dwarves living in Khazad-dûm fled from the [[Balrog]] who had slain kings [[Durin VI]] and [[Náin I]].<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref> Some of those who escaped wandered as far as the Iron Hills and resettled there.<ref name="Third"/>
  
During the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]] ({{TA|2799}})<ref name="TA"/> the dwarves of the Iron Hills, led by [[Náin (son of Grór)]] and coming late and fresh to the fray, turned the day.  Náin was slain by [[Azog]] in one-on-one combat.  Náin's son, Dáin Ironfoot, then avenged his father by slaying Azog.  After this battle Dáin Ironfoot led the Iron Hills dwarves home where he became their leader.<ref name="Durin">{{App|Durin}}</ref>
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In {{TA|2570|n}} dragons began [[War of the Dwarves and Dragons|afflicting the dwarves in the north]] and in {{TA|2589|n}} King [[Dáin I]] was slain by a cold drake outside [[Dáin's halls|his halls]] in the [[Grey Mountains]].<ref name="TA"/> Due to these depredations, in {{TA|2590|n}} [[Grór]] son of Dáin left the Grey Mountains and established a Lordship in the Iron Hills.<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref>
  
Before the death of [[Smaug]] in {{TA|2941}},<ref name="TA"/> the dwarves' realm in the Iron Hills was the main dwelling of [[Durin's folk]] in the East, and also the strongest realm militarily in [[Wilderland]]. After Smaug's death Dáin Ironfoot became [[King under the Mountain]] and [[Kings of Durin's Folk|King of Durin’s Folk]] as Dáin II;<ref name="TA"/><ref name="Durin"/> how many dwarves may have returned to or stayed in the Iron Hills after the [[Battle of Five Armies]] is unknown.
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Over the next few centuries Grór and his people built the hills from a just an ancient mining colony to a great realm, especially after the [[Sack of Erebor|destruction]] of [[Erebor]] in {{TA|2770|n}}<ref name="TA"/> when the Dragon [[Smaug]] scattered the Longbeards who dwelt there. Most of the survivors subsequently went to their kinsmen in the Iron Hills, swelling its numbers.  
  
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Before the death of [[Smaug]] in {{TA|2941}},<ref name="TA"/> the dwarven realm in the Iron Hills was the only force in the north-east of [[Wilderland]] capable of offering a large and strong enough resistance to the forces of evil.<ref>{{UT|Erebor}}</ref>
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In {{TA|2799|n}}<ref name="TA"/> the final battle of the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]] [[Battle of Azanulbizar|occurred in the Dimrill Dale]]. When reinforcements, led by [[Náin (son of Grór)|Náin]], arrived from the Iron Hills the battle turned in the favour of the dwarves. With the war over, Dáin led his people home where, after the death of Grór, he became the new [[Lord of the Iron Hills]].<ref name="Durin">{{App|Durin}}</ref>
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In {{TA|2941|n}} Lord [[Dáin II|Dáin Ironfoot]] led his warriors in the [[Battle of Five Armies]] near [[Erebor]]. The battle won but Thorin slain and Dáin became the new [[King under the Mountain]] and [[Kings of Durin's Folk|King of the Longbeards]] as Dáin II.<ref name="TA"/><ref name="Durin"/> He relocated to Erebor with many of his people, and re-established it as Durin's folk's greatest and strongest dwelling in the north.
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The Iron Hills pass out of history after this relocation, but probably were not wholly deserted.<ref name=Foster>[[Robert Foster]], ''[[The Complete Guide to Middle-earth]]'', p. 212</ref>
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==See also==
 
*[[Dwarves of the Iron Hills]]
 
*[[Dwarves of the Iron Hills]]
 
*[[Lord of the Iron Hills]]
 
*[[Lord of the Iron Hills]]

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Iron Hills
Physical Description
TypeHill range
LocationEast of Erebor, north-west of Rhûn
RealmsThe Kingdom of Durin's folk
InhabitantsDurin's Folk

The Iron Hills were a range of great hills in the north-east of of Wilderland. The Hills were the source of the river Carnen and rich in iron.[1][2]It was also home to a Dwarf-realm of the Longbeards.[3]

The Iron Hills were rich in iron[4], but probably not in gold; the Dwarves of the Iron Hills, although prosperous, were not as wealthy as their other cousins.[5]

Contents

History

Early History

The Iron Hills were perhaps a part or a remnant of the mountain chain Ered Engrin that formed the Iron Mountains of the First Age.[6]

The Hills were mined for thousands of years by the Longbeards, being their primary source for iron above all the rest of their territories.[4] The Dwarf-road of Mirkwood ran north-east to the Hills for the dwarf-traders and merchants between Khazad-dûm and the Hills.[7]

Third Age

In T.A. 1981 the last of the Dwarves living in Khazad-dûm fled from the Balrog who had slain kings Durin VI and Náin I.[8] Some of those who escaped wandered as far as the Iron Hills and resettled there.[2]

In 2570 dragons began afflicting the dwarves in the north and in 2589 King Dáin I was slain by a cold drake outside his halls in the Grey Mountains.[8] Due to these depredations, in 2590 Grór son of Dáin left the Grey Mountains and established a Lordship in the Iron Hills.[8]

Over the next few centuries Grór and his people built the hills from a just an ancient mining colony to a great realm, especially after the destruction of Erebor in 2770[8] when the Dragon Smaug scattered the Longbeards who dwelt there. Most of the survivors subsequently went to their kinsmen in the Iron Hills, swelling its numbers.

Before the death of Smaug in T.A. 2941,[8] the dwarven realm in the Iron Hills was the only force in the north-east of Wilderland capable of offering a large and strong enough resistance to the forces of evil.[9]

In 2799[8] the final battle of the War of the Dwarves and Orcs occurred in the Dimrill Dale. When reinforcements, led by Náin, arrived from the Iron Hills the battle turned in the favour of the dwarves. With the war over, Dáin led his people home where, after the death of Grór, he became the new Lord of the Iron Hills.[10]

In 2941 Lord Dáin Ironfoot led his warriors in the Battle of Five Armies near Erebor. The battle won but Thorin slain and Dáin became the new King under the Mountain and King of the Longbeards as Dáin II.[8][10] He relocated to Erebor with many of his people, and re-established it as Durin's folk's greatest and strongest dwelling in the north.

The Iron Hills pass out of history after this relocation, but probably were not wholly deserted.[5]

See also

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The West of Middle-earth at the End of the Third Age" [map]
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Tale of Years of the Third Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Gathering of the Clouds"
  4. 4.0 4.1 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
  5. 5.0 5.1 Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 212
  6. Karen Wynn Fonstad, The Atlas of Middle-earth p. 78
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", "Notes", p. 323 (note 30)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Quest of Erebor"
  10. 10.0 10.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"