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The '''Kings of Durin's Folk''' were those of the [[House of Durin]] who ruled as kings, even when in exile.   
 
The '''Kings of Durin's Folk''' were those of the [[House of Durin]] who ruled as kings, even when in exile.   
  
The kings were all descended from [[Durin|Durin the Deathless]] of the [[First Age]]; in fact, five of the kings after Durin I were held to be reincarnations of him by the [[Dwarves]].  No complete list of all kings is known. The table below shows the names of those Kings who have been recorded, or whose existence could be deduced.  In the table all information was obtained from ''The Lord of the Rings'', Appendix A, "Durin’s Folk"<ref name="Durin">{{App|Durin}}</ref> unless otherwise indicated.  The " Realm(s) " column indicates which place or places that the kings dwelt during their reigns.
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The kings were all descended from [[Durin|Durin the Deathless]] of the [[First Age]]; in fact, five of the kings after Durin I were held to be reincarnations of him by the [[Dwarves]].  No complete list of all kings is known. The table below shows the names of those Kings who have been recorded, or whose existence could be deduced.  In the table all information was obtained from ''The Lord of the Rings'', Appendix A, "Durin’s Folk"<ref name="Durin">{{App|Durin}}</ref> unless otherwise indicated.  The "Realm(s)" column indicates which place or places the kings ruled from during their reigns.
  
 
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<tr style="background:#EFEFEF;"><th>Name</th><th>Birth</th><th>Death</th><th>Realm(s)</th><th>Historical Notes</th></tr>
 
<tr style="background:#EFEFEF;"><th>Name</th><th>Birth</th><th>Death</th><th>Realm(s)</th><th>Historical Notes</th></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Durin|Durin I]] the Deathless</td><td align=center>[[Years of the Trees]]</td><td align=center>[[First Age]]</td><td>[[Khazad-dûm]]</td><td>One of the seven [[Fathers of the Dwarves]] and founder of the Longbeards, [[Durin's folk]]. He ruled his people for centuries - so long, in fact, that he became known as the 'Durin the Deathless' - but eventually he died during the First Age.  He discovered the caves of Khazad-dûm and began his reign there.</td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Durin|Durin I]] the Deathless</td><td align=center>Before {{YT|1250}}<ref name="GA">{{GA|19}}</ref> </td><td align=center>Late [[First Age]]<ref name="Durin"/></td><td>[[Moria|Khazad-dûm]]</td><td>One of the seven [[Fathers of the Dwarves]] and founder of the Longbeards, [[Durin's Folk]]. He ruled his people for centuries - so long, in fact, that he became known as the 'Durin the Deathless' - but eventually he died during the First Age.  He discovered the caves of Khazad-dûm and began his reign there.</td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Durin II]]</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td>Khazad-dûm</td><td></td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Durin II]]</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td>Khazad-dûm</td><td>Little is recorded about his reign, although there are indications that the [[Dwarves of Khazad-dûm]] were in a confederation with [[Men]] of the [[Vales of Anduin]], where the Men provided food in return for Dwarven weapons and precious items.</td></tr>
 
<tr><td align=center>[[Durin III]]</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td>Khazad-dûm</td><td>He was the king of Khazad-dûm at the time of the forging of the [[Rings of Power]] (sometime between {{SA|1500}} and {{SA|1590|n}}<ref>{{App|SA}}</ref>) and a great friend of [[Celebrimbor]] the Lord of [[Eregion]] to the west. He received one of the Rings (later known as the [[Ring of Thrór]]) as a gift from his friend.</td></tr>
 
<tr><td align=center>[[Durin III]]</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td>Khazad-dûm</td><td>He was the king of Khazad-dûm at the time of the forging of the [[Rings of Power]] (sometime between {{SA|1500}} and {{SA|1590|n}}<ref>{{App|SA}}</ref>) and a great friend of [[Celebrimbor]] the Lord of [[Eregion]] to the west. He received one of the Rings (later known as the [[Ring of Thrór]]) as a gift from his friend.</td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Durin IV]]</td><td align=center>Late Second Age</td><td align=center>Likely early Third Age</td><td>Khazad-dûm</td><td>He was the king during the [[War of the Last Alliance]], which he led an army to fight in alongside the Elves, and Men.</td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Durin IV]]</td><td align=center>Late Second Age</td><td align=center>Likely early Third Age</td><td>Khazad-dûm</td><td>He was the king during the [[War of the Last Alliance]], and he sent a great army to fight alongside the [[Last Alliance of Elves and Men]].</td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Durin V]]</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td>Khazad-dûm</td><td> </td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Durin V]]</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td>Khazad-dûm</td><td>With one of the seven Dwarven rings his kingdom prospered. </td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Durin VI]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|1731|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|1980|n}} †</td><td>Khazad-dûm</td><td>He was king when the [[Balrog]] was awakened in {{TA|1980|n}}.<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref>  After he was killed by it the Balrog was called [[Durin's Bane]] and Khazad-dûm was known as Moria.</td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Durin VI]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|1731|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|1980|n}} †</td><td>Khazad-dûm</td><td>He was king when the [[Balrogs|Balrog]] was awakened in {{TA|1980|n}}.<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref>  After he was killed by it the Balrog was called [[Durin's Bane]] and Khazad-dûm was known as Moria.</td></tr>
 
<tr><td align=center>[[Náin I]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|1832|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|1981|n}} †</td><td>Khazad-dûm</td><td>He reigned for just one year before was also slain by [[Durin's Bane]].</td></tr>
 
<tr><td align=center>[[Náin I]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|1832|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|1981|n}} †</td><td>Khazad-dûm</td><td>He reigned for just one year before was also slain by [[Durin's Bane]].</td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Thráin I]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|1934|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2190|n}}</td><td>[[Erebor]]</td><td> He led a great part of his people away from Khazad-dûm into the north and east of Middle-earth and founded the [[Kingdom under the Mountain]] in {{TA|1999|n}}.<ref name="TA"/></td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Thráin I]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|1934|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2190|n}}</td><td>[[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]]</td><td> He led a great part of his people away from Khazad-dûm into the north and east of Middle-earth and founded the [[Kingdom under the Mountain]] in {{TA|1999|n}}.<ref name="TA"/></td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Thorin I]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2035|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2289|n}}</td><td>Erebor, [[Ered Mithrin]]</td><td>Discerning that the great host of his people were gathering in the northern range of the Grey Mountains, Thorin I abandoned Erebor and removed there in {{TA|2210|n}}.<ref name="TA"/></td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Thorin I]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2035|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2289|n}}</td><td>Erebor, [[Ered Mithrin]]</td><td>Learning that his people were regrouping in the [[Grey Mountains]], Thorin I abandoned Erebor and reestablished the throne in the Ered Mithrin in {{TA|2210|n}}.<ref name="TA"/></td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Glóin (King of Durin's Folk)|Glóin]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2136|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2385|n}}</td><td>Ered Mithrin</td><td></td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Glóin (King of Durin's Folk)|Glóin]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2136|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2385|n}}</td><td>Ered Mithrin</td><td> He expanded the mines of the Ered Mithrin, and further abandoned Erebor.</td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Óin (King of Durin's Folk)|Óin]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2238|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2488|n}}</td><td>Ered Mithrin</td><td> </td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Óin (King of Durin's Folk)|Óin]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2238|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2488|n}}</td><td>Ered Mithrin</td><td>Towards the very end of Óin's reign, in T.A. 2460, the Shadow returned to [[Dol Guldur]] in [[Mirkwood]] with increased strength; and in c. T.A. 2480 [[Orcs]] began to spread again in the [[Misty Mountains]] in order to block all passes into [[Eriador]], whilst [[Sauron]]'s creatures took [[Moria]] as their own.</td></tr>
 
<tr><td align=center>[[Náin II]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2338|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2585|n}}</td><td>Ered Mithrin</td><td>In {{TA|2570|n}}, the prosperous Dwarves began to suffer attacks by the dragons of the north.<ref name="TA"/></td></tr>
 
<tr><td align=center>[[Náin II]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2338|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2585|n}}</td><td>Ered Mithrin</td><td>In {{TA|2570|n}}, the prosperous Dwarves began to suffer attacks by the dragons of the north.<ref name="TA"/></td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Dáin I]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2440|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2589|n}} †</td><td>Ered Mithrin</td><td>His short reign came to a swift end when he was slain by a [[Cold-drake|cold-drake]] before his own doors. He was succeeded by the eldest of his three sons.</td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Dáin I]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2440|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2589|n}} †</td><td>Ered Mithrin</td><td>His short reign came to a swift end when he was slain by a [[Cold-drakes|cold-drake]] before the entrance to his [[Dáin's halls|halls]]. He was succeeded by his son.</td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Thrór]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2542|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2790|n}} †</td><td>Ered Mithrin, Erebor, exile, [[Dunland]]</td><td>He led his people out of the dragon-infested north back to the Lonely Mountain, while his younger brother [[Grór]] led some part of their people further east, to settle in the [[Iron Hills]]. He had been King under the Mountain for more than 180 years when the great dragon [[Smaug]] descended on his kingdom and sacked it. He escaped the destruction with his son and grandson, and went wandering in the wild before settling in Dunland.  Later, went to reclaim Khazad-dûm where he was murdered by [[Azog]] the Orc, a crime that provoked the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]].</td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Thrór]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2542|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2790|n}} †</td><td>Ered Mithrin, Erebor, exile, [[Dunland]]</td><td>He led his people out of the dragon-infested north back to the Lonely Mountain. He had been King under the Mountain for more than 180 years when the dragon [[Smaug]] descended on the mountain and [[Sack of Erebor|sacked]] it. He escaped the destruction, and went wandering in the wild before settling in Dunland.  Later, went to reclaim Khazad-dûm where he was murdered by [[Azog]] the Orc, a crime that provoked the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]].</td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Thráin II]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2644|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2850|n}} †</td><td>Dunland, [[Ered Luin]]</td><td>He avenged his father's death with the defeat of Azog's Orcs at the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]]. In the early part of his reign, he dwelt in Dunland, but he later moved northwest to the Ered Luin west of Eriador. Before his reign ended, he resolved to return to Erebor, but wandering in the wild he was captured in {{TA|2845|n}}<ref name="TA"/> and died in the dungeons of the [[Necromancer]].</td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Thráin|Thráin II]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2644|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2850|n}} †</td><td>Dunland, [[Ered Luin]]</td><td>He avenged his father's death with the defeat of Azog's Orcs at the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]]. In the early part of his reign, he dwelt in Dunland, but he later moved northwest to the [[Ered Luin]] west of Eriador and established a [[Thorin's Halls|new realm]]. Before his reign ended, he resolved to return to Erebor, but while wandering in the wild he was captured in {{TA|2845|n}}<ref name="TA"/> and died in the dungeons of the [[Necromancer]].</td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Thorin|Thorin II Oakenshield]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2746|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2941|n}} †</td><td>Ered Luin, Erebor</td><td> He ruled as King in the Ered Luin for many years, but like his father before him he at last determined to return to his ancient home of Erebor.  Accompanied by [[Gandalf]] and [[Bilbo Baggins]], he led a troop of companions into the east, and against all hope recovered the Lonely Mountain from Smaug.  After Smaug's death, the [[Battle of Five Armies]] was fought before Erebor, and Thorin was slain. The only remaining descendants of Thrór's line, Thorin's young nephews [[Fíli]] and [[Kíli]], were also lost in the battle.  So the descent of the Kingship passed to the line of Thrór's younger brother Grór, and specifically to Grór's grandson [[Dáin Ironfoot]].</td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Thorin|Thorin II Oakenshield]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2746|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|2941|n}} †</td><td>Ered Luin, Erebor</td><td> He ruled as King in the Ered Luin for many years, but like his father before him he determined to return to his ancient home of Erebor.  Accompanied by [[Gandalf]] and [[Bilbo Baggins]], he led a troop of companions into the east, and against all hope recovered the Lonely Mountain from Smaug.  After Smaug's death, Thorin was slain in the [[Battle of Five Armies]]. The only remaining descendants of Thrór's line, Thorin's nephews [[Fíli]] and [[Kíli]], were also lost in the battle.  So the Kingship passed to the line of Thrór's younger brother Grór, and specifically to his grandson [[Dáin Ironfoot]].</td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Dáin Ironfoot|Dáin II Ironfoot]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2767|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|3019|n}} †</td><td>Erebor</td><td> He ruled in prosperity as King under the Mountain for many years until the time of the War of the Ring. He was slain in that war, in the [[Battle of Dale]].</td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Dáin Ironfoot|Dáin II Ironfoot]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2767|n}}</td><td align=center>{{TA|3019|n}} †</td><td>Erebor</td><td> Dáin was a descendant of [[Grór]] and lord of the Dwarves of the [[Iron Hills]]. Dáin joined his father's contingent in the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]], at which time he slew [[Azog]]. After Thorin's death in the [[Battle of Five Armies]], Dáin was proclaimed king of Durin's Folk. He ruled in prosperity as King under the Mountain for many years until the time of the War of the Ring. He was slain in the [[Battle of Dale]].</td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Thorin Stonehelm|Thorin III Stonehelm]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2866|n}}</td><td align=center>Early [[Fourth Age]]</td><td>Erebor</td><td>He was besieged in Erebor after the loss of his father, but when news reached the forces of Sauron that their master had been defeated, he was able to drive them back. With Thorin III, detailed records of the reigns of the Kings come to an end, but there is a record of just one of his descendants.</td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Thorin Stonehelm|Thorin III Stonehelm]]</td><td align=center>{{TA|2866|n}}</td><td align=center>Early [[Fourth Age]]</td><td>Erebor</td><td>In {{TA|2941|n}}, Dáin succeeded as King under the Mountain and King of Durin's Folk, and Thorin simultaneously became crown prince. Thorin himself succeeded to the kingships when his father was killed during the [[War of the Ring]] in T.A. 3019. Thorin III helped rebuild Erebor and [[Dale]], and prospered. His realm became a close ally of the [[Reunited Kingdom]] of King [[Aragorn|Elessar]]. During his rule, [[Gimli]] led a number of Dwarves south to [[Aglarond]], where a new lordship was established, most likely a colony of Durin's Folk under the vassalage of the King of Erebor.</td></tr>
<tr><td align=center>[[Durin VII]]</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td>Khazad-dûm<ref>{{PM|Aiv}}</ref></td><td>He was said to be the last of the House of Durin to rule over Durin's Folk.  Durin's Bane had been destroyed in the [[War of the Ring]], so that Khazad-dûm lay open for recovery by its ancient owners, and it is said that it was Durin VII who at last achieved this.</td></tr>
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<tr><td align=center>[[Durin VII]]</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td align=center>Unknown</td><td>Khazad-dûm<ref>{{PM|Aiv}}</ref></td><td>Was the direct descendant of King [[Thorin III Stonehelm]] (according to some sources, his son),<ref>''The Peoples of Middle-earth'': "The Making of Appendix A", '(iv) Durin's Folk', p. 279.</ref> ruler of [[Erebor]] and the [[Iron Hills]] in the [[Fourth Age]]. His birth was apparently prophesied upon the accession of [[Dáin II]] after the [[Battle of Five Armies]]<ref>''The Peoples of Middle-earth'': "The Making of Appendix A", '(iv) Durin's Folk', p. 383.</ref> (although no record exists of the actual prophecy itself). He led Durin's Folk back to recolonize [[Khazad-dûm]] (Moria) at some (unspecified) time after the beginning of the Fourth Age, where they remained "until the world grew old and the Dwarves failed and the days of Durin's race were ended".<ref>''The Peoples of Middle-earth'': "The Making of Appendix A", '(iv) Durin's Folk', p. 278.</ref></td></tr>
 
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Durin I died before the end of the First Age, so that between his rule and that of Thorin III, the Kings of Durin's line ruled for a period of about 6,500 years. Given that the average length of a reign among the Longbeards seems to have been roughly a century, it can be deduced that there were probably about fifty Kings' names missing from this list.
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Durin I died before the end of the First Age, so that between his rule and that of Thorin III, the Kings of Durin's line ruled for a period of about 6,500 years. Given that the average length of a reign among the Longbeards seems to have been roughly a century, it can be deduced that there were probably about fifty Kings that have went unmentioned.
 
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The Kings of Durin's Folk were those of the House of Durin who ruled as kings, even when in exile.

The kings were all descended from Durin the Deathless of the First Age; in fact, five of the kings after Durin I were held to be reincarnations of him by the Dwarves. No complete list of all kings is known. The table below shows the names of those Kings who have been recorded, or whose existence could be deduced. In the table all information was obtained from The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin’s Folk"[1] unless otherwise indicated. The "Realm(s)" column indicates which place or places the kings ruled from during their reigns.

NameBirthDeathRealm(s)Historical Notes
Durin I the DeathlessBefore Y.T. 1250[2] Late First Age[1]Khazad-dûmOne of the seven Fathers of the Dwarves and founder of the Longbeards, Durin's Folk. He ruled his people for centuries - so long, in fact, that he became known as the 'Durin the Deathless' - but eventually he died during the First Age. He discovered the caves of Khazad-dûm and began his reign there.
Durin IIUnknownUnknownKhazad-dûmLittle is recorded about his reign, although there are indications that the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm were in a confederation with Men of the Vales of Anduin, where the Men provided food in return for Dwarven weapons and precious items.
Durin IIIUnknownUnknownKhazad-dûmHe was the king of Khazad-dûm at the time of the forging of the Rings of Power (sometime between S.A. 1500 and 1590[3]) and a great friend of Celebrimbor the Lord of Eregion to the west. He received one of the Rings (later known as the Ring of Thrór) as a gift from his friend.
Durin IVLate Second AgeLikely early Third AgeKhazad-dûmHe was the king during the War of the Last Alliance, and he sent a great army to fight alongside the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.
Durin VUnknownUnknownKhazad-dûmWith one of the seven Dwarven rings his kingdom prospered.
Durin VI17311980Khazad-dûmHe was king when the Balrog was awakened in 1980.[4] After he was killed by it the Balrog was called Durin's Bane and Khazad-dûm was known as Moria.
Náin I18321981Khazad-dûmHe reigned for just one year before was also slain by Durin's Bane.
Thráin I19342190Erebor He led a great part of his people away from Khazad-dûm into the north and east of Middle-earth and founded the Kingdom under the Mountain in 1999.[4]
Thorin I20352289Erebor, Ered MithrinLearning that his people were regrouping in the Grey Mountains, Thorin I abandoned Erebor and reestablished the throne in the Ered Mithrin in 2210.[4]
Glóin21362385Ered Mithrin He expanded the mines of the Ered Mithrin, and further abandoned Erebor.
Óin22382488Ered MithrinTowards the very end of Óin's reign, in T.A. 2460, the Shadow returned to Dol Guldur in Mirkwood with increased strength; and in c. T.A. 2480 Orcs began to spread again in the Misty Mountains in order to block all passes into Eriador, whilst Sauron's creatures took Moria as their own.
Náin II23382585Ered MithrinIn 2570, the prosperous Dwarves began to suffer attacks by the dragons of the north.[4]
Dáin I24402589Ered MithrinHis short reign came to a swift end when he was slain by a cold-drake before the entrance to his halls. He was succeeded by his son.
Thrór25422790Ered Mithrin, Erebor, exile, DunlandHe led his people out of the dragon-infested north back to the Lonely Mountain. He had been King under the Mountain for more than 180 years when the dragon Smaug descended on the mountain and sacked it. He escaped the destruction, and went wandering in the wild before settling in Dunland. Later, went to reclaim Khazad-dûm where he was murdered by Azog the Orc, a crime that provoked the War of the Dwarves and Orcs.
Thráin II26442850Dunland, Ered LuinHe avenged his father's death with the defeat of Azog's Orcs at the Battle of Azanulbizar. In the early part of his reign, he dwelt in Dunland, but he later moved northwest to the Ered Luin west of Eriador and established a new realm. Before his reign ended, he resolved to return to Erebor, but while wandering in the wild he was captured in 2845[4] and died in the dungeons of the Necromancer.
Thorin II Oakenshield27462941Ered Luin, Erebor He ruled as King in the Ered Luin for many years, but like his father before him he determined to return to his ancient home of Erebor. Accompanied by Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins, he led a troop of companions into the east, and against all hope recovered the Lonely Mountain from Smaug. After Smaug's death, Thorin was slain in the Battle of Five Armies. The only remaining descendants of Thrór's line, Thorin's nephews Fíli and Kíli, were also lost in the battle. So the Kingship passed to the line of Thrór's younger brother Grór, and specifically to his grandson Dáin Ironfoot.
Dáin II Ironfoot27673019Erebor Dáin was a descendant of Grór and lord of the Dwarves of the Iron Hills. Dáin joined his father's contingent in the Battle of Azanulbizar, at which time he slew Azog. After Thorin's death in the Battle of Five Armies, Dáin was proclaimed king of Durin's Folk. He ruled in prosperity as King under the Mountain for many years until the time of the War of the Ring. He was slain in the Battle of Dale.
Thorin III Stonehelm2866Early Fourth AgeEreborIn 2941, Dáin succeeded as King under the Mountain and King of Durin's Folk, and Thorin simultaneously became crown prince. Thorin himself succeeded to the kingships when his father was killed during the War of the Ring in T.A. 3019. Thorin III helped rebuild Erebor and Dale, and prospered. His realm became a close ally of the Reunited Kingdom of King Elessar. During his rule, Gimli led a number of Dwarves south to Aglarond, where a new lordship was established, most likely a colony of Durin's Folk under the vassalage of the King of Erebor.
Durin VIIUnknownUnknownKhazad-dûm[5]Was the direct descendant of King Thorin III Stonehelm (according to some sources, his son),[6] ruler of Erebor and the Iron Hills in the Fourth Age. His birth was apparently prophesied upon the accession of Dáin II after the Battle of Five Armies[7] (although no record exists of the actual prophecy itself). He led Durin's Folk back to recolonize Khazad-dûm (Moria) at some (unspecified) time after the beginning of the Fourth Age, where they remained "until the world grew old and the Dwarves failed and the days of Durin's race were ended".[8]

Durin I died before the end of the First Age, so that between his rule and that of Thorin III, the Kings of Durin's line ruled for a period of about 6,500 years. Given that the average length of a reign among the Longbeards seems to have been roughly a century, it can be deduced that there were probably about fifty Kings that have went unmentioned.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §19
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Making of Appendix A": (iv) "Durin's Folk"
  6. The Peoples of Middle-earth: "The Making of Appendix A", '(iv) Durin's Folk', p. 279.
  7. The Peoples of Middle-earth: "The Making of Appendix A", '(iv) Durin's Folk', p. 383.
  8. The Peoples of Middle-earth: "The Making of Appendix A", '(iv) Durin's Folk', p. 278.
Kings of Durin's Folk
Durin I* (First Age) · Durin II* · Durin III* (mid-Second Age) · Durin IV* · Durin V* · Durin VI* (until T.A. 1980) · Náin I* (1980 - 1981) · Thráin I (1981 - 2190) · Thorin I (2190 - 2289) · Glóin (2289 - 2385) · Óin (2385 - 2488) · Náin II (2488 - 2585) · Dáin I (2585 - 2589) · Thrór (2585 - 2790) · Thráin II (2790 - 2850) · Thorin II Oakenshield (2850 - 2941) · Dáin II Ironfoot (2941 - 3019) · Thorin III Stonehelm (T.A. 3019 - Fourth Age) · Durin VII*
* Kings of Khazad-dûm · Kings under the Mountain