Kingdom of Dale
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|Kingdom of Dale|
|Location||Northern Wilderland, between the southwest and southeast arms of Erebor|
|Language||Language of Dale|
The kingdom of Dale was a city state formed in the Third Age by Northmen.
The Township and Lordship of Dale was most probably formed around the year T.A. 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 benefited from an influx of neighboring peoples who hoped to trade with the Dwarves, inviting all their relatives from all over the region to join them, forming the city of Dale.[source?] Dale saw great rise until the year T.A. 2758, when the Long Winter came.
The Kingdom must have benefitted by the simultaneous refounding of the Kingdom under the Mountain. In the later years, the realm was said to extend far to the south and east of Esgaroth, including perhaps all the lands between Carnen and Celduin
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.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry "Dale"