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| location = Northern [[Wilderland]], from the city of [[Dale]] south beyond [[Lake-town]] and east to the River [[Carnen]]
 
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The '''Kingdom of Dale''' was a city state in northern [[Rhovanion]] formed in the late [[Third Age]] by King [[Bard]] and populated by [[Northmen]].
The '''kingdom of Dale''' was a city state formed in the [[Third Age]] by Northmen.
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== Geography ==
 
== Geography ==
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When it was founded the Kingdom of Dale consisted of the city of [[Dale]] and the valley of the [[River Running]] before the [[Front Gate|gates]] of the [[Lonely Mountain]].<ref>{{H|Stage}}</ref>  By the time of the [[War of the Ring]] its boundaries extended far south and east of [[Lake-town]],<ref name="Meetings">{{FR|II1}}</ref> all the way to the River [[Carnen]].<ref>{{App|Great}}</ref>
  
The Kingdom of Dale was established in the Northen [[Wilderland]], just south of [[Erebor]], near the banks of river [[Celduin]].
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==Background==
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The Township of Dale was formed soon after the year {{TA|2590}} when [[Thrór]] brought his people back to Erebor.<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref>  Men living to the south came up the River Running, built Dale, and became prosperous providing food to the [[Kingdom Under the Mountain]].<ref name="Party">{{H|Party}}</ref>  The town was governed by a Lord, the last of whom was named [[Girion]].<ref>{{H|Fire}}</ref>
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In {{TA|2770|n}} [[Smaug]] attacked and occupied the Lonely Mountain.<ref name="TA"/>  The great [[Dragons|dragon]] came forth at night to capture and eat people from the city; soon Dale was deserted and fell into ruin.<ref name="Party"/>
  
 
== History ==
 
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In {{TA|2941}} [[Bard|Bard the Bowman]] slew Smaug.  After the [[Battle of Five Armies]] and the recovery of the riches of the former lord, Bard became quite wealthy.  In {{TA|2944|n}} he used his wealth to founded the Kingdom, and he was crowned as King Bard (later known as Bard I).<ref name="TA"/>
  
The Old Kingdom of Dale was most propably formed around the year [[Third Age 2590]] by the Northmen who lived in that area for centuries. That was the time when [[Thrór]] brought his people back to Erebor. The Men of Dale may therefore have benefitted from an influx of neighboring peoples who hoped to trade with, inviting all their relatives from all over the region to join them, forming the city of [[Dale]].{{fact}} Dale saw great rise until the year [[Third Age 2758|T.A. 2758]], when the [[Long Winter]] came.  
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The Kingdom benefited by the simultaneous refounding of the Kingdom under the Mountain. After King Bard died in {{TA|2977|n}} his son King [[Bain]] reigned and in {{TA|3007|n}} he was succeeded by King [[Brand]].<ref name="TA"/>  As the end of the [[Third Age]] approached the growing realm extended far to the south and east of [[Esgaroth]].<ref name="Meetings"/>
 
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In [[Third Age 2770|the year 2770]] [[Smaug]] attacked Dale, killing [[Girion]] and ruining the Kingdom for 172 years.
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After the [[Battle of Five Armies]], the Kingdom was refounded by [[Bard the Bowman]], who was later titled '''Bard I'''
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In {{TA|3017|n}} a messenger from [[Mordor]] came to both the [[Dwarves of Erebor]] and the Kingdom of Dale.<ref>{{FR|II2}}</ref>  Despite words offering [[Sauron]]'s friendship, the Dark Lord's forces began gathering beyond the Carnen.  About the same time that [[Minas Tirith]] was attacked (on [[15 March]] {{TA|3019|n}}) a host of Sauron's allies crossed the river and drove Brand back into Dale.  On [[17 March]] the [[Battle of Dale]] began.  King Brand and King [[Dáin Ironfoot]] of the Mountain were both killed and the [[Men of Dale]] and the Dwarves were driven into the Mountain.  The enemy could not take the gates and a siege began.  However, when news of the fall of Sauron came the enemy forces lost heart, and on [[27 March]] the new King of Dale, [[Bard II]], and the new King Under the Mountain, [[Thorin Stonehelm|Thorin III Stonehelm]], burst forth and drove the enemy away.
  
Dale was sacked for a second time during the [[War of the Ring]] by invaders from [[Mordor]] and the [[Easterlings]]. The people of Dale took refuge in [[Erebor]] with the Dwarves, and it was during the [[Battle of Dale]] that King [[Dáin Ironfoot]] of Erebor and King [[Brand]] of Dale were slain. However, after the fall of Sauron, the siege was broken and Dale rebuilt once more, though it was never restored to its former glory, partly because of the weakening of the dwarves who lived in Erebor.
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King Bard II sent an ambassador to the crowning of King [[Aragorn|Elessar]]. The Kingdom of Dale remained independent but in friendship with [[Gondor]] and under the protection and crown of the King of the West.<ref>{{App|Great}}</ref>
  
 
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[[Category:Mannish realms]]
* [[Michael Martinez]], "[http://www.merp.com/essays/MichaelMartinez/michaelmartinezsuite101essay59 Resurrecting Dale]"
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Revision as of 22:20, 19 March 2013

This article is about the Kingdom of Dale. For the the city, see Dale.
John Howe - Icon Dale.jpg
Kingdom of Dale
Political information
GovernmentMonarchy (City state)
Head of StateKing of Dale
Societal information
CapitalDale
LanguageLanguage of Dale
LocationNorthern Wilderland, from the city of Dale south beyond Lake-town and east to the River Carnen
PopulaceNorthmen
Historical information
EstablishmentT.A. 2944

The Kingdom of Dale was a city state in northern Rhovanion formed in the late Third Age by King Bard and populated by Northmen.

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Geography

When it was founded the Kingdom of Dale consisted of the city of Dale and the valley of the River Running before the gates of the Lonely Mountain.[1] By the time of the War of the Ring its boundaries extended far south and east of Lake-town,[2] all the way to the River Carnen.[3]

Background

The Township of Dale was formed soon after the year T.A. 2590 when Thrór brought his people back to Erebor.[4] Men living to the south came up the River Running, built Dale, and became prosperous providing food to the Kingdom Under the Mountain.[5] The town was governed by a Lord, the last of whom was named Girion.[6]

In 2770 Smaug attacked and occupied the Lonely Mountain.[4] The great dragon came forth at night to capture and eat people from the city; soon Dale was deserted and fell into ruin.[5]

History

In T.A. 2941 Bard the Bowman slew Smaug. After the Battle of Five Armies and the recovery of the riches of the former lord, Bard became quite wealthy. In 2944 he used his wealth to founded the Kingdom, and he was crowned as King Bard (later known as Bard I).[4]

The Kingdom benefited by the simultaneous refounding of the Kingdom under the Mountain. After King Bard died in 2977 his son King Bain reigned and in 3007 he was succeeded by King Brand.[4] As the end of the Third Age approached the growing realm extended far to the south and east of Esgaroth.[2]

In 3017 a messenger from Mordor came to both the Dwarves of Erebor and the Kingdom of Dale.[7] Despite words offering Sauron's friendship, the Dark Lord's forces began gathering beyond the Carnen. About the same time that Minas Tirith was attacked (on 15 March 3019) a host of Sauron's allies crossed the river and drove Brand back into Dale. On 17 March the Battle of Dale began. King Brand and King Dáin Ironfoot of the Mountain were both killed and the Men of Dale and the Dwarves were driven into the Mountain. The enemy could not take the gates and a siege began. However, when news of the fall of Sauron came the enemy forces lost heart, and on 27 March the new King of Dale, Bard II, and the new King Under the Mountain, Thorin III Stonehelm, burst forth and drove the enemy away.

King Bard II sent an ambassador to the crowning of King Elessar. The Kingdom of Dale remained independent but in friendship with Gondor and under the protection and crown of the King of the West.[8]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Last Stage"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  5. 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Fire and Water"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"