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War of the Dwarves and Dragons

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Previous war: Orc skirmishes in the Misty Mountains
Next war: War of the Dwarves and Orcs
War of the Dwarves and Dragons
Beginning: T.A. 2570End: T.A. 2589
Place: The Ered Mithrin
Outcome: Most of the Longbeards leave the Grey Mountains, and the Kingdom of Durin's folk there is dissolved. The surviving Dragons hoard their plunder.
Major battles: Battle of Dáin's hall
Durin's folk, ÉothéodDragons
*Náin II *Dáin IUnnamed Dragons

The Wars of the Dwarves and Dragons was a conflict that took place from T.A. 2570 to T.A. 2589.



The defeat of Morgoth in the War of Wrath left the Dragons few and weak, hiding in the far North of Middle-earth. But over the millennia the Dragons multiplied and became strong once again. Even centuries before the beginning of the war, the Dragon Scatha had stolen treasure from the Dwarves and kept it in his hoard; unfortunately, Scatha was slain by Fram of the Éotheod, who kept the treasure for himself.[1]


In T.A. 2570 the Dragons made war on the Dwarves of the Grey Mountains in the Ered Mithrin, sacking and plundering their halls and mines. The war lasted for almost twenty years, but in T.A. 2589 the Dragons attacked the halls of King Dáin I, and outside city a great Cold-drake killed the king and his second son Frór.

After this defeat, most of Durin's folk abandoned the Grey Mountains. King Thrór and some of his followers went back to the former Dwarven dwelling of Erebor, while his younger brother Grór led others to the Iron Hills.[2]


The Dwarves of the Iron Hills as well as the Dwarves of Erebor managed to prosper for the following couple of centuries. However the threat of Dragons would revisit their history: in T.A. 2770, Smaug flew south from the North "like a hurricane" and attacked the wealthy Dwarven Kingdom Under the Mountain of Erebor.[3]

Preceded by:
Wainrider/Balchoth War
Major events of Middle-earth
T.A. 2570 - T.A. 2589
Followed by:
War of the Dwarves and Orcs


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The House of Eorl"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"