Dáin Ironfoot

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Dáin Ironfoot
"Dáin Ironfoot" by U-yasuk
Biographical Information
Other namesDáin II
TitlesLord of the Iron Hills
King of Durin's Folk
King under the Mountain
LocationIron Hills
Lonely Mountain
LanguageKhuzdul and Westron
BirthT.A. 2767
Iron Hills
RuleT.A. 2805-2941 (Lord)
T.A. 2941-3019 (King)
Death17 March T.A. 3019(aged 252)
Battle of Dale
Notable forKilling Azog
HouseHouse of Durin
ChildrenThorin Stonehelm
Physical Description
WeaponryRed axe[1]
GalleryImages of Dáin Ironfoot

Dáin II or Dáin Ironfoot (Third Age 2767 – 3019, aged 252 years) was the Lord of the Iron Hills and King under the Mountain. In his life, he fought in the Battle of Azanulbizar, the Battle of Five Armies and the Battle of Dale. He was renowned as a warrior across Middle-earth.[2]


Early life

Dáin was born in T.A. 2767 in the Iron Hills, the son of Náin, during the reign of his grandfather Grór.[1]

War of the Dwarves and Orcs

Liz Danforth - Dáin and Azog

After the murder of Thrór by Azog in T.A. 2790, his son Thráin II swore revenge. He summoned all available Dwarves, and sacked every Orc stronghold in the Misty Mountains, battling his way to Moria. There, the Battle of Azanulbizar raged before the gate of the ancient Dwarf stronghold.

Náin and his son Dáin arrived late in the battle, but proved pivotal. Fresh and well equipped, they drove through the Orc forces, until at last Náin confronted Azog. But Náin was weary and filled with anger, and Azog strong and agile. He darted from the dwarf's blows, and when the warrior stumbled, Azog hewed and broke his neck. However, all across the valley, his troops were in retreat. He tried to escape back inside, but he was followed by Dáin who with his red axe, hewed off his head before the doors of the East-Gate. He was a very young Dwarf at thirty-two at the time, and it was heralded as a magnificent feat.

After the battle King Thráin II wanted to enter Moria as his own. But Dáin dissuaded him, because he alone looked past the gate into Moria, and had the wisdom to know that it was impossible for Durin's folk to return at that time because of Durin's Bane.[1]

Lord of the Iron Hills

Dáin returned to the Halls of Grór with his people, and with his father dead, became Lord of the Iron Hills at his grandfather's death in T.A. 2805. He had one son, Thorin, born in T.A. 2866.[1]

During his reign his people became the strongest in Wilderland, being the only realm capable to resist Sauron if he dared come North and retake the realm of Angmar and the northern passes of the Misty Mountains.[2]

The Battle of Five Armies

Angus McBride - Dáin

Nearly a hundred years later, King Thorin, the son of Thráin II, set out on a journey to reclaim Erebor, the Lonely Mountain, which had been usurped by the Dragon Smaug.[3]

The dragon was slain, though by Bard of Lake-town and not by Thorin's company. Thorin claimed the entire hoard and proclaimed himself King under the Mountain, but both Bard and the Elven king Thranduil longed for compensation of their suffering caused by the Dragon. Because his company of thirteen could not hold the mountain, Thorin sent for Dáin.[4]

Dáin responded to Thorin's call and set out with more than five hundred dwarves, well armed and experienced. They were originally intent on driving off the Elves and Men, but Gandalf arrived to inform them of the approaching Orcs and Wargs. They all united against the common enemy, and so was fought the Battle of Five Armies in the valley of Dale.[5]

Thorin was killed in the battle, as were his sister-sons Kíli and Fíli. As his "rightful heir," Dáin succeeded Thorin as King under the Mountain, and King of all of Durin's folk.[1][6]

King under the Mountain

During his reign as king, he became exceedingly rich and his people were very prosperous. The town of Dale was rebuilt and its border stretched far to the South and East and the friendship between the Elves of Mirkwood, Men of Dale, and Dwarves of Erebor was close, especially between the Men and Dwarves. For the Dwarves of Erebor now exceeded all their ancestors in the art of masonry and mining, and created many beautiful things in Dale.[7]

But not all were content. Balin set out with several others to reclaim Moria in T.A. 2989. Dáin did not give the expedition his blessing, and could not dissuade them.[8] It was only later learned the colony was destroyed after five years.[9]

War of the Ring

Ralph Damiani - "The Messenger"

In T.A. 3018, a messenger came from Mordor, enquiring about a creature named "Baggins" from "Shire". In return for information Dáin would be given the last three Dwarf-rings. Dáin told him to give him time to think and for many weeks he pondered until he sent Glóin and his son Gimli to Elrond for council, and to warn Bilbo of the enemy looking for him.[8]

Steamey - King Brand and King Dáin Ironfoot

After many months war came to Erebor in the Battle of Dale. King Brand of Dale was at war with Easterlings along the River Carnen, but they defeated him and he retreated back to Dale where he was given aid by Dáin and an army of Dwarves. After three days of fighting the Dwarves and Men were driven back, and Brand was slain. But defending his body stood Dáin, who at over 250 years old was not feeble, and still could wield his axe with great skill. But his skill was not enough and he was slain as well before the gates of Erebor.[2]

Several days later the Easterlings learned that the Battle of the Pelennor Fields was lost and they were afraid. When the new King Thorin III Stonehelm, son of Dáin, and Brand's son Bard II saw this they came out of the mountain and routed their enemies.[10]

Etymology and names

Dáinn is a dwarf from the Dvergatal. His name most likely means "Deadlike".[11]

The epithet Ironfoot remains unexplained in the published writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. However, John D. Rateliff has pointed out that an explanation for the epithet is likely found in the original manuscript of The Hobbit, where it is stated that the shoes of the Dwarves of the Iron Hills were of iron.[12]


Náin II
2338 - 2585
Dáin I
2440 - 2589
2450 - 2711
2542 - 2790
2552 - 2589
2563 - 2805
2560 - 2803
Thráin II
2644 - 2850
2665 - 2799
2662 - 2799
2671 - 2923
Thorin II Oakenshield
2746 - 2941
2751 - 2799
b. 2760
2767 - 3019
2763 - 2994
2772 - Fo.A. 91
2774 - 2994
2783 - Fo.A. 15
2859 - 2941
2864 - 2941
Thorin III Stonehelm
b. 2866
2879 - Fo.A. 120+
Durin VII

Other versions of the legendarium

In drafts of Lord of the Rings, Dáin was said to possess one of the Seven Dwarf-rings, "and on that his fortune is founded: his age, his wealth, and (.......?) future".[13]:399

Portrayal in adaptations

Dáin in adaptations
Dáin in The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game
Dáin in The Battle for Middle-earth II
Dáin from The Lord of the Rings Online
Dáin in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


1977: The Hobbit (1977 film):

Dáin is said to come to Thorin's aid, but he is never individually identified. It's possible that he's the Dwarf who lays Orcrist on Thorin's body after he dies, as that Dwarf does not resemble any of the other 12 members of Thorin's company.

2014: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies:

Dáin Ironfoot is played by Billy Connolly.[14] After the Elves of Mirkwood occupy Dale, Thorin secretly sends out a raven to Dáin. The next day, just as Thranduil is about to start his attack, Dáin arrives unexpectedly at Erebor mounted on a large, armoured boar and leading an army of Dwarves. He also wields a red war hammer instead of a red axe. He tells the Elves and Men to withdraw or face his attack. After trading insults with Thranduil, the Dwarves and Elves begin attacking each other, but the Orc Army suddenly arrives, and Dáin leads his Dwarves to attack the Orcs instead. Following their example, the Elves join the Dwarves, fighting side by side with them. When Thorin and Company charge out of the mountain, Dáin and his army rally behind them and drive back the Orcs from the mountain. Later he and Thorin embrace in the midst of the battle. His coronation as the new King under the Mountain is only shown in the Extended Edition of the film.

Radio series

1968: The Hobbit (1968 radio series):

Dáin's voice is provided by Brian Haines.[15]

1979: The Hobbit (1979 radio series):

No actor is credited for the role of Dáin.


2001-07: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game:

Weta made a special card for Dáin.

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

Dáin has no speaking part; he only appears on parchment sections.

2006: The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II:

Dáin is a hero in the Dwarves faction. In the campaigns, he appears in the Battle of Dale in the Good Campaign, where he has to survive the onslaught of enemy forces to succeed the level.

2013: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Dáin, along with King Brand of Dale, makes a brief appearance in the raid "Flight to the Lonely Mountain", where they brief the player before the assault of the Easterlings begin. After the conclusion of the Siege of Erebor, his tomb can be found in "Mazal Akrâz", the "Chamber of Glory", nearby those of Fíli, Kíli, and his cousin Thorin Oakenshield.
A young Dáin is encountered in a flashback story of the Battle of Azanulbizar along with his father and grandfather. He is a close friend of "Hermáth Stormhammer", the hero from whose point of view the player experiences the battle. After slaying Azog, Dáin briefly ventures beyond the East-gate into Moria and, after recovering from the fright of seeing Durin's Bane, tells Hermáth and the player the story of the fall of Khazad-dûm.


Dáin II
House of Durin
Born: T.A. 2767 Died: T.A. 3019
Preceded by:
Lord of the Iron Hills
T.A. 28052941
as King
Preceded by:
Thorin II Oakenshield
King of Durin's Folk
T.A. 29413019
Followed by:
Thorin III Stonehelm
5th King under the Mountain
T.A. 29413019

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
The Hobbit film series
Source material: The Hobbit · The Lord of the Rings
Films An Unexpected Journey (extended editionThe Desolation of Smaug (extended edition) · The Battle of the Five Armies (extended edition)
Music An Unexpected Journey (Special Edition) · The Desolation of Smaug (Special Edition) · The Battle of the Five Armies (Special Edition) · "Song of the Lonely Mountain" · "I See Fire" · "The Last Goodbye"
Tie-in books An Unexpected Journey Official Movie Guide · Visual Companion · Movie Storybook · Annual 2013 · Chronicles: Art & Design · Chronicles: Creatures & Characters · The World of Hobbits
The Desolation of Smaug Official Movie Guide · Visual Companion · Movie Storybook · Annual 2014 · Chronicles: Art & Design · Chronicles: Cloaks & Daggers · Smaug: Unleashing the Dragon · Activity Book · Sticker Book · Ultimate Sticker Collection
The Battle of the Five Armies Official Movie Guide · Visual Companion · Movie Storybook · Annual 2015 · Chronicles: Art & Design · Chronicles: The Art of War · Activity Book
Video games Kingdoms of Middle-earth · Armies of The Third Age · Lego The Hobbit
Characters Bilbo · Thorin · Gandalf · Balin · Fíli · Kíli · Dwalin · Dori · Nori · Ori · Óin · Glóin · Bifur · Bofur · Bombur · Smaug · Radagast · Elrond · Galadriel · Saruman · Azog · Bolg · Thranduil · Legolas · Tauriel · Bard · Bain · Tilda · Sigrid · Master of Lake-town · Alfrid · Dáin Ironfoot · Necromancer · Bert · William · Tom · Beorn · Thráin · Thrór · Goblin King · Gollum · Frodo