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'''Thrór''' ([[Third Age]] 2542 – 2790, lived 248 years) was King of [[Durin's folk]] for 201 years, from 2589 to 2790. He was the eldest son of [[Dáin I]], and with his younger brother [[Grór]] he led his people away from the [[Grey Mountains]] after a great [[Cold-drakes|Cold-drake]] killed both his father and brother [[Frór]]. Thrór led some of the [[Dwarves]] back to [[Lonely Mountain]], where he became [[King under the Mountain]].  While Grór continued west with the a great following of Durin's folk to the [[Iron Hills]], where he founded his own [[Dwarves of the Iron Hills|realm]].
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'''Thrór''' ({{TA|2542}} {{TA|2790|n}}, lived 248 years) was King of [[Durin's folk]] for 201 years, from {{TA|2589|n}} to 2790. He was the eldest son of [[Dáin I]] and brother of [[Grór]] and [[Frór]].<ref name="Durin">{{App|Durin}}</ref>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
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After a great [[Cold-drakes|Cold-drake]] killed both his father and brother [[Frór]], the remaining brothers Thrór  and [[Grór]] led their people away from the [[Grey Mountains]].  As Dáin's heir Thrór led many [[Dwarves]] back to [[Lonely Mountain]] in {{TA|2590}}<ref name="TA">{{App|TA}}</ref>, where he became [[King under the Mountain]], a title held earlier by his ancestor, [[Thorin I]].  Grór continued east with a great following of Durin's folk to the [[Iron Hills]], where he founded his own [[Dwarves of the Iron Hills|realm]].<ref name="Durin"/>
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=== King under the Mountain ===
 
=== King under the Mountain ===
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At Erebor, Thrór and his people re-established the [[Kingdom under the Mountain]] and became very prosperous.  Thrór brought the [[Arkenstone]] back to [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]]<ref name="Durin"/> and the hall of feasting and council, the [[Great Chamber of Thrór]],<ref>{{H|Home}}</ref>  was named after him.
  
At Erebor, Thrór and his people were very prosperous.  Gaining the friendship of the [[Northmen]] who lived along the river [[Celduin]].  These people later founded the town of [[Dale]] and had much trade of goods, beautiful trinkets, and weapons with the Dwarves.  The [[Dwarves of Erebor | Ereborians]] also had much traffic of ores with their kinsman in the Iron Hills.  And the region had peace and prosperity for many years.
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Thrór and his people gained the friendship of the [[Northmen]] who lived along the river [[River Running|Celduin]].  These people later founded the town of [[Dale]] and had much trade of goods, beautiful trinkets, and weapons with the Dwarves.  The [[Dwarves of Erebor]] also had much traffic of ores with their kinsman in the Iron Hills and the region had peace and prosperity for many years.
 
    
 
    
In 2770 though their prosperity ended.  The Dragon [[Smaug]] heard of the wealth of Thrór and his people.  And he came south from the [[Ered Mithrin]] and sacked the Lonely Mountain, killing many Dwarves.  But from the destruction many escaped last of them being Thrór and his son Thráin from  the hidden [[Side Door]].  So with a small company of kin and faithful followers they made the great wandering south, until they reached the hills of [[Dunland]].
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In {{TA|2770|n}}<ref name="TA"/> though their prosperity ended.  The Dragon [[Smaug]] heard of the wealth of Thrór and his people.  He flew south from the [[Ered Mithrin]] and sacked the Lonely Mountain, killing many Dwarves.  From the destruction many escaped, the last of them being Thrór and his son [[Thráin II|Thráin]] from  the hidden [[Back Door]].  With a small company of kin and faithful followers they made a great wandering southward, until they reached the hills of [[Dunland]].<ref name="Durin"/>
  
On a [[Midyear's Day]], Thrór created his [[Thrór's Map|map]] of the Desolation. With [[Angerthas Erebor|runes]] he wrote information about entering Erebor from a secret way. He used [[Moon-letters]] for this.
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On a [[Midyear's Day]] under a broad crescent moon, Thrór created his [[Thrór's Map|map]] of the Lonely Mountain and the [[Desolation of the Dragon]]. In addition to the readily visible features on the map, Thrór added the details about the hidden [[Back Door]] into the Mountain, written in [[Moon-letters]] for secrecy.<ref>{{H|Rest}}</ref>
  
=== Dunland, and the journey to Moria ===
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===Dunland, and the journey to Moria===
In Dunland, his people tried to make a living, but twenty years after the [[Sack of Erebor]] Thrór now old, poor, and desperate, left his people and went north with a single companion, [[Nár (companion of Thrór)|Nár]], but not before giving his son [[Thráin II]] his [[Ring of Thrór|Ring of Power]], along with the [[Thrór's Map|map]] and key to the Lonely Mountain. He said to Thráin at their parting:
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In [[Dunland]], his people tried to make a living, but twenty years<ref name="TA"/> after the [[Sack of Erebor]], despondent and homeless, Thrór left his people and went north with a single companion, [[Nár (companion of Thrór)|Nár]].  Before leaving, Thrór gave his son [[Thráin II]] his [[Ring of Thrór|Ring of Power]], along with the map and key to the Lonely Mountain. Thrór wished to see the fabled city of his ancestors, [[Khazad-dûm]].
"This may prove the foundation of new fortune for you yet, though it seems unlikely. It needs gold to breed gold."
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"Surely you do not think of returning to Erebor?" Thráin said.
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"Not at my age," Thrór said. "Our vengeance on [[Smaug]] at bequeath upon you and your sons. But I am tired of poverty and the scorn of Men. I go to see what I can find." But he did not say where.  
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From Dunland where he was then dwelling, he made north with Nár. Eventually they made it over the [[Redhorn Pass]] and down into [[Azanulbizar]] the Dimrill Dale. When Thrór came to the [[East-gate]] of Moria he found it open.  Nár begged him to beware, but he took no heed of him, and walked through the gates as the heir who had returned.  But he did not come back.
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Eventually they made it over the [[Redhorn Pass]] down into [[Azanulbizar]], the Dimrill Dale. Coming to the [[East-gate]] of Moria Thrór found it open.  Nár begged him to beware, but ignoring his companion Thrór walked through the gates as the heir who had returned.  But he did not come back.<ref name="Durin"/>
  
 
===Death===
 
===Death===
Nár stayed nearby for many days in hiding. One day he heard a loud shout and the blare of a horn, and a body was flung out onto steps. Fearing that it was Thrór, he began to creep near but a voice called out from within the gate: "Come on, beardling! We can see you. But there is no need to be afraid today. We need you as a messenger." Nár approached and found that it was indeed the body of Thrór, but his head was severed and lay face downward.  As he knelt there, he heard Orc-laughter from the shadows and the voice said, "If beggars will not wait at my gate but sneak in to try thieving, this is what we do to them. If any of your people poke their foul beards in here again, they will fare the same. Go and tell them so! But if his family wishes to know who is now king here, the name is written on his face. I wrote it! I killed him! I am the master!" Then Nár turned over the head and and saw branded across the brow in [[Angerthas Moria|Dwarvish runes]] the name [[Azog | AZOG]]. That name was branded in his heart and the hearts of Dwarves afterwards.
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Nár hid nearby for many days until he saw Thrór's body flung down the steps; his severed head lay face downward on the ground.  As he knelt there, Nar saw branded across his forehead in [[Angerthas Moria|Dwarvish runes]] the name [[Azog|AZOG]].   This Orc then threw a small purse of coins at him, calling him a beggar.  Nár fled weeping down the [[Silverlode]], while Orcs emerged and hacked Thrór's body into pieces and fed them to the crows.<ref name="Durin"/>
  
Nár stooped to retrieve the head but the voice of Azog said, "Drop it! Be off! Here is your fee, beggar-beard!" A small pouch struck him, holding a few coins of little worth. Weeping, Nár took the pouch and fled down the [[Silverlode]]. When he looked back, he saw that Orcs had emerged from the gate and were hacking Thrór's body into pieces and throwing them to the crows.
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When Nár told Thráin what had happened, he declared war on the [[Orcs]] and called all the Seven Houses of the Dwarves together for vengeance.  Nine years later in {{TA|2799}}<ref name="TA"/> at the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]], the climax of the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]], the death of Thrór was avenged.  Thráin took Azog's severed head, shoved the purse of coins into his mouth and then set it on a stake.<ref name="Durin"/>
  
=== Aftermath ===
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==Genealogy==
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{{familytree | THN | | NAI | | | | |THN=[[Thráin II]]|NAI=[[Náin son of Grór|Náin]]}}
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When Nár returned to Dunland and brought with him the tale to Thráin, Thráin wept and cursed and tore his beard and he fell silent. For seven days he sat in silence without eating or sleeping. Finally on the seventh day, he stood up and said, "This cannot be borne!" This was the beginning of the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]]. He sent messengers with tale to every corner of the world to the [[Seven Houses of the Dwarves | Seven Houses]], calling upon them for vengeance. Nine years later at the [[Battle of Azanulbizar]], the climax of the [[War of the Dwarves and Orcs]] the Thrór was avenged, and Thráin took the Azog's severed head and shoved the purse of coins into his mouth then set it on a stake.  
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==Etymology==
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[[Jim Allan]] has suggested that the name ''Thrór'' derives from ''Þrór'', a dwarf from the ''[[Völuspá|Dvergatal]]''. According to Allan, ''Þrór'' means "boar", deriving from a root meaning "to expand" (linking the meaning to Thrór's expanding of the "''diggings and wealth of the Lonely Mountain''").<ref>[[Jim Allan]], "Giving of Names", in ''[[An Introduction to Elvish]]'', p. 223</ref>
  
== Genealogy ==
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
            [[Dáin I]]
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'''2003: [[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|''The Hobbit'' (2003 video game)]]:'''
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:A statue of Thrór stands in the great hall of [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]].
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  '''THRÓR'''     [[Frór]]    [[Grór]]
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[[Thráin II]]            [[Náin son of Grór|Náin]]
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==Portrayal in Adaptations==
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'''2012-14: [[The Hobbit (film series)|''The Hobbit'' (film series)]]:'''
'''[[2003]]: ''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)]]'':'''
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:Thrór is played by [[Jeffrey Thomas]].<ref name="PJCasting">{{webcite|author=[[Peter Jackson]]|articleurl=http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150168211921558|articlename=Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit|dated=20-March-2011|website=[http://www.facebook.com/ Facebook]|accessed=23-Dec-2011}}</ref>
:A statue of Thrór stands in the great hall of [[Erebor]]
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'''2012: ''[[The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]'':'''
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:Contrary to the book Thrór is shown as the ruling king at the time of the discovery of the Arkenstone instead of his ancestor [[Thráin I]]. With this the film portrays him as believing its discovery as a sign of his divine right to the throne.
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:The film also alters the events after the Fall of Erebor to show Thrór choosing to try to retake Moria as the home of his people, but in the process being beheaded in the Battle of Azanulbizar by Azog.
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==See also==
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*[[:Category:Images of Thrór|Images of Thrór]]
  
 
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Revision as of 11:51, 1 January 2013

David T. Wenzel - Thrór.jpg
Thrór
Dwarf
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Durin's Folk
King under the Mountain
LocationGrey Mountains
Lonely Mountain
LanguageKhuzdul
BirthT.A. 2542
Grey Mountains
RuleT.A. 2589 - 2790
Death2790 (aged 248)
Moria
Family
HouseHouse of Durin
ParentageDáin I
SiblingsFrór, Grór
ChildrenThráin II
Physical Description
GenderMale

Thrór (T.A. 25422790, lived 248 years) was King of Durin's folk for 201 years, from 2589 to 2790. He was the eldest son of Dáin I and brother of Grór and Frór.[1]

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History

After a great Cold-drake killed both his father and brother Frór, the remaining brothers Thrór and Grór led their people away from the Grey Mountains. As Dáin's heir Thrór led many Dwarves back to Lonely Mountain in T.A. 2590[2], where he became King under the Mountain, a title held earlier by his ancestor, Thorin I. Grór continued east with a great following of Durin's folk to the Iron Hills, where he founded his own realm.[1]

King under the Mountain

At Erebor, Thrór and his people re-established the Kingdom under the Mountain and became very prosperous. Thrór brought the Arkenstone back to Erebor[1] and the hall of feasting and council, the Great Chamber of Thrór,[3] was named after him.

Thrór and his people gained the friendship of the Northmen who lived along the river Celduin. These people later founded the town of Dale and had much trade of goods, beautiful trinkets, and weapons with the Dwarves. The Dwarves of Erebor also had much traffic of ores with their kinsman in the Iron Hills and the region had peace and prosperity for many years.

In 2770[2] though their prosperity ended. The Dragon Smaug heard of the wealth of Thrór and his people. He flew south from the Ered Mithrin and sacked the Lonely Mountain, killing many Dwarves. From the destruction many escaped, the last of them being Thrór and his son Thráin from the hidden Back Door. With a small company of kin and faithful followers they made a great wandering southward, until they reached the hills of Dunland.[1]

On a Midyear's Day under a broad crescent moon, Thrór created his map of the Lonely Mountain and the Desolation of the Dragon. In addition to the readily visible features on the map, Thrór added the details about the hidden Back Door into the Mountain, written in Moon-letters for secrecy.[4]

Dunland, and the journey to Moria

In Dunland, his people tried to make a living, but twenty years[2] after the Sack of Erebor, despondent and homeless, Thrór left his people and went north with a single companion, Nár. Before leaving, Thrór gave his son Thráin II his Ring of Power, along with the map and key to the Lonely Mountain. Thrór wished to see the fabled city of his ancestors, Khazad-dûm.

Eventually they made it over the Redhorn Pass down into Azanulbizar, the Dimrill Dale. Coming to the East-gate of Moria Thrór found it open. Nár begged him to beware, but ignoring his companion Thrór walked through the gates as the heir who had returned. But he did not come back.[1]

Death

Nár hid nearby for many days until he saw Thrór's body flung down the steps; his severed head lay face downward on the ground. As he knelt there, Nar saw branded across his forehead in Dwarvish runes the name AZOG. This Orc then threw a small purse of coins at him, calling him a beggar. Nár fled weeping down the Silverlode, while Orcs emerged and hacked Thrór's body into pieces and fed them to the crows.[1]

When Nár told Thráin what had happened, he declared war on the Orcs and called all the Seven Houses of the Dwarves together for vengeance. Nine years later in T.A. 2799[2] at the Battle of Azanulbizar, the climax of the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, the death of Thrór was avenged. Thráin took Azog's severed head, shoved the purse of coins into his mouth and then set it on a stake.[1]

Genealogy

 
 
 
 
Dáin I
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
THRÓR
 
Frór
 
Grór
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thráin II
 
Náin
 
 
 
 


Etymology

Jim Allan has suggested that the name Thrór derives from Þrór, a dwarf from the Dvergatal. According to Allan, Þrór means "boar", deriving from a root meaning "to expand" (linking the meaning to Thrór's expanding of the "diggings and wealth of the Lonely Mountain").[5]

Portrayal in adaptations

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

A statue of Thrór stands in the great hall of Erebor.

2012-14: The Hobbit (film series):

Thrór is played by Jeffrey Thomas.[6]

2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

Contrary to the book Thrór is shown as the ruling king at the time of the discovery of the Arkenstone instead of his ancestor Thráin I. With this the film portrays him as believing its discovery as a sign of his divine right to the throne.
The film also alters the events after the Fall of Erebor to show Thrór choosing to try to retake Moria as the home of his people, but in the process being beheaded in the Battle of Azanulbizar by Azog.

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Not at Home"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Short Rest"
  5. Jim Allan, "Giving of Names", in An Introduction to Elvish, p. 223
  6. Peter Jackson, "Production begins in New Zealand on The Hobbit" dated 20 March 2011, Facebook (accessed 23 December 2011)
Thrór
House of Durin
Born: T.A. 2542 Died: T.A. 2790
Vacant
Thorin I, 350 years earlier
3rd King under the Mountain
T.A. 25892770
Abandoned
Thorin Oakenshield,
151 years later
Preceded by:
Dáin I
King of Durin's Folk
T.A. 25892790
Followed by:
Thráin II