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Kingdom of Dale

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Kingdom of Dale
Political information
GovernmentMonarchy (City state)
Head of StateKing of Dale
Societal information
CapitalDale
LocationNorthern Wilderland, between the southwest and southeast arms of Erebor
PopulaceNorthmen
Historical information
EstablishmentT.A. 2590
DissolutionT.A. 2770
RestorationT.A. 2941

The kingdom of Dale was a city state formed in the Third Age by Northmen.

Geography

The Kingdom of Dale was established in the Northen Wilderland, just south of Erebor, near the banks of river Celduin.

History

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.[source?] Dale saw great rise until the year T.A. 2758, when the Long Winter came.

In the year 2770 Smaug attacked Dale, killing Girion and ruining the Kingdom for 172 years.

After the Battle of Five Armies, the Kingdom was refounded by Bard the Bowman, who was later titled Bard I

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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