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King under the Mountain

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The title taken by [[Thráin I]], founder of the [[Dwarf-kingdom]] at [[Erebor]], the [[Lonely Mountain]], and maintained by those Kings of [[Durin's Folk]] who dwelt there. The line was broken twice, once by [[Thorin I]] (he and four generations of his descendants ruled from the [[Grey Mountains]], not Erebor), and once by the dragon [[Smaug]] (who claimed the title for himself). In both cases, the line was restored to a rightful heir.
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'''King under the Mountain''' was the title taken by [[Thráin I]], founder of the Dwarf-kingdom of [[Lonely Mountain]], and maintained by those Kings of [[Durin's folk]] who dwelt there. The line was broken twice, once by [[Thorin I]] (he and four generations of his descendants ruled from the [[Grey Mountains]], not Lonely Mountain), and once by the [[Dragons|Dragon]] [[Smaug]] (who claimed the title for himself). In both cases, the line was restored to a rightful heir.
  
== Kings under the Mountain ==
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== The Line of Kings under the Mountain ==
*[[Thráin I]]
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# [[Thráin I]]
*[[Thorin I]]
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# [[Thorin I]] abandoned the Kingdom for the [[Grey Mountains]]
*(abandoned)
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# [[Thrór]] – restored the Kingdom but lost it to [[Smaug]]
*[[Thrór]]
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# [[Thorin|Thorin II Oakenshield]] – regained the Kingdom
*[[Thráin II]] (in exile)
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# [[Dáin Ironfoot|Dáin II Ironfoot]]
*[[Thorin Oakenshield|Thorin II Oakenshield]] (briefly)
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# [[Thorin Stonehelm|Thorin III Stonehelm]]
*[[Dáin II Ironfoot]]
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==Inspiration==
*[[Thorin III Stonehelm]]
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The term "[[Wikipedia:King under the Mountain|King under the Mountain]]" is a philological term for a certain motif in various mythologies and folklore around the world. It refers to a kingly figure who remains hidden in a mountain or cave until a messianic return at the appointed time.
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According to the Wikipedia article, the motif is also present at several points in [[Tolkien]]'s [[legendarium]]: [[Ar-Pharazôn]] with his [[Great Armament]] was buried in the [[Caves of the Forgotten]] beneath the [[Pelori]] until the [[End of the World]]; the [[King of the Dead]] and the [[Men of the Mountains]] in [[Dunharrow]], who returned to fulfill their oath; and of course the King under the Mountain himself, with Thorin's return to Erebor. Other figures can include [[Feanor]] and [[Túrin]] (said to return from the dead at the [[Dagor Dagorath]]); and the [[King of Gondor]] (with [[Aragorn]] as the returned King).
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[[Category:Dwarven Titles]]

Latest revision as of 18:58, 22 September 2012

King under the Mountain was the title taken by Thráin I, founder of the Dwarf-kingdom of Lonely Mountain, and maintained by those Kings of Durin's folk who dwelt there. The line was broken twice, once by Thorin I (he and four generations of his descendants ruled from the Grey Mountains, not Lonely Mountain), and once by the Dragon Smaug (who claimed the title for himself). In both cases, the line was restored to a rightful heir.

[edit] The Line of Kings under the Mountain

  1. Thráin I
  2. Thorin I – abandoned the Kingdom for the Grey Mountains
  3. Thrór – restored the Kingdom but lost it to Smaug
  4. Thorin II Oakenshield – regained the Kingdom
  5. Dáin II Ironfoot
  6. Thorin III Stonehelm

[edit] Inspiration

The term "King under the Mountain" is a philological term for a certain motif in various mythologies and folklore around the world. It refers to a kingly figure who remains hidden in a mountain or cave until a messianic return at the appointed time.

According to the Wikipedia article, the motif is also present at several points in Tolkien's legendarium: Ar-Pharazôn with his Great Armament was buried in the Caves of the Forgotten beneath the Pelori until the End of the World; the King of the Dead and the Men of the Mountains in Dunharrow, who returned to fulfill their oath; and of course the King under the Mountain himself, with Thorin's return to Erebor. Other figures can include Feanor and Túrin (said to return from the dead at the Dagor Dagorath); and the King of Gondor (with Aragorn as the returned King).