|Origins||Lake-men and Men of Dale|
|Locations||Kingdom of Dale|
|Members||Bard, Bain, Brand, Bard II|
After Bard's revenge on the Dragon in T.A. 2941, he became King of Dale in his own right. He was succeeded as its ruler by his son Bain, and so his line extended down to the time of the War of the Ring and beyond.
The Bardings maintained the friendship with the Dwarves of Erebor, as their ancestors. As time passed, so the lands under the power of the Bardings grew, and in the time of Bard's grandson Brand their territories were said to extend far to the south and east of the Long Lake.
During the War of the Ring, the Easterlings attacked the city of Dale and forced the Men and the Dwarves into Erebor; King Brand died alongside Dáin Ironfoot at the Front Gate of Erebor. After seven days of siege, news came of the defeat of Sauron. The new kings broke the siege and chased the Easterlings out of Dale. After the siege, the two peoples rebuilt Dale. The new King Bard II also sent an emissary to the coronation of King Elessar.