Durin V

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Durin V
"Durin V" by Philip Kerst
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Durin's Folk
King of Khazad-dûm
Birthlate Second Age/early Third Age
Deathlate Second Age/early Third Age
HouseHouse of Durin
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Durin V

Durin V (early Third Age) was a King of Durin's folk who ruled the great city of Khazad-dûm during the height of its glory, and the fifth Durin. Like his father he bore a Ring of Power.


Like all Durins after Durin I he was given the name of the first of the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves because he greatly resembled him in both appearance and manner. Indeed it was believed among the Dwarves that he was the reincarnation of Durin I, though whether this is possible is unclear.


One account states that the name Durin was a word for "king" in the language of the Men of the North in the early Second Age.[1]

Another account states that Durinn is one of the Dwarfs in the Dvergatal. The name means "Sleepy".[2]


Durin I
fl. Y.T.
Durin II
fl. late F.A./early S.A.
Durin III
fl. S.A. 1600
Durin IV
fl. late S.A./early T.A.
fl. late S.A./early T.A.
Durin VI
T.A. 1731 - 1980

Portrayal in adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Durin V's story is expanded on in a series of quests. During his reign, the dragon Thorog took Helegrod, a northern city of his kingdom located near the source of the Bruinen. Durin took up the axe Mírdanant, a gift from the elves of Eregion to his ancenstors, and led a small company of dwarves to reclaim the city. Durin and Thorog killed each other, and only one dwarf of his company survived to tell the story.
Helegrod was left abandoned by the dwarves. Mírdanant was said to be blessed by the elves with words of protection, and so the death of the king while bearing the axe and its loss in the abandoned city was a source of tension between Durin's Folk and the elves. A quest in the game involves reclaiming Mírdanant from the reanimated carcass of Thorog and returning it to the elves of Rivendell, who in turn return it to Glóin.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "X. Of Dwarves and Men", "Relations of the Longbeard Dwarves and Men"
  2. Chester Nathan Gould, "Dwarf-Names: A Study in Old Icelandic Religion", published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Vol 44 (1929), issue #4, pp. 939-967
Durin V
House of Durin
Last known:
Durin IV
King of Durin's FolkUnknown
Next known:
Durin VI (mid-Third Age)
King of Khazad-dûm

Kings of Durin's Folk
Durin I* (Y.T.) · Durin II* · Durin III* (fl. S.A. 1600) · 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 - captured 2845, d. 2850) · Thorin II Oakenshield (after 2845 - 2941) · Dáin II Ironfoot (2941 - 3019) · Thorin III Stonehelm (T.A. 3019 - Fourth Age) · Durin VII (Fourth Age)*
* Kings of Khazad-dûm · Kings under the Mountain