Dáin I

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This article is about the King of Durin's Folk. For the successor of Thorin II Oakenshield, see Dáin II Ironfoot.
Dáin I
Dwarf
"The last king of the Grey mountains" by Jack Dullahan
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Durin's Folk
LocationGrey Mountains
LanguageKhuzdul
BirthT.A. 2440[1]
RuleT.A. 2585 - 2589[1][note 1]
DeathT.A. 2589[1] (aged 149)
Dáin's halls (Grey Mountains)
Family
HouseHouse of Durin
ParentageNáin II
SiblingsBorin
ChildrenThrór
Frór
Grór
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Dáin I

Dáin I was the King of Durin's folk in the Grey Mountains.[2]

History

Dáin was the son of King Náin II, and he had a younger brother Borin. He had three children: Thrór, Frór, and Grór.

Dáin flourished during the period when the House of Durin was seated in the Grey Mountains. He succeeded his father when the Dragons of the north had declared war against the Dwarves of the Grey Mountains. Dáin ruled his people for only four years, who were troubled by increasing attacks on his halls until he met his premature end when both he and his second son, Frór, were killed by a great cold-drake at the gates of his hall.

After his death, his sons Thrór and Grór led most of the Dwarves of Durin's folk east. Thrór, along with Borin his uncle, led one group back to the Lonely Mountain, while Grór founded his own realm in the Iron Hills.[2]

Etymology

Dáinn is a dwarf from the Dvergatal. His name most likely means "Deadlike".[3]

Genealogy

Óin
2238 - 2488
Náin II
2338 - 2585
DÁIN I
2440 - 2589
Borin
2450 - 2711
Thrór
2542 - 2790
Frór
2552 - 2589
Grór
2563 - 2805
Farin
2560 - 2803
Thráin II
2644 - 2850
Náin
2665 - 2799
Fundin
2662 - 2799
Gróin
2671 - 2923

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Notes

  1. The date of T.A. 2585 is the year in which Dáin's father and previous King, Náin II, died.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk", p. 1079
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk", p. 1072
  3. 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


Dáin I
House of Durin
Born: T.A. 2440 Died: T.A. 2589
Preceded by:
Náin II
King of Durin's Folk
T.A. 25852589
Followed by:
Thrór


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