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Iron Hills

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Iron Hills
Physical Description
TypeHill range
LocationEast of Erebor, northwest of Rhûn
RealmsThe Kingdom of Durin's folk
InhabitantsDurin's Folk
DescriptionHill-remnants of the Ered Engrin and a realm of many of Durin's folk

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-realm located in the hills, led famously by Dáin Ironfoot.


The Hills were mined for thousands of years by the Dwarves, being their main supply of iron.[1] The Dwarf-road of Mirkwood ran northeast to the Hills for the Dwarf-traders that went to and from Khazad-dûm and the Hills.[2]

In T.A. 1981 the last of the dwarves living in Moria fled from the Balrog who had slain Durin VI and Náin I.[3] Some of the escaping dwarves wandered as far as the Iron Hills and settled there.[1]

In T.A. 2570 Dragons began afflicting the dwarves in the north and in T.A. 2589 Dáin I was slain by a dragon in the Grey Mountains.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag Over hundreds of years it became a great realm, especially after the destruction of Erebor in T.A. 2770.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

Before the death of Smaug in T.A. 2941,[3] 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;[3] how many dwarves may have returned to or stayed in the Iron Hills after the Battle of Five Armies is unknown.

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Tale of Years of the Third Age"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"