|"Dáin Ironfoot" by U-yasuk|
|Other names||Dáin II|
|Titles||Lord of the Iron Hills|
King of Durin's Folk
King under the Mountain
|Language||Khuzdul and Westron|
|Birth||T.A. 2767 |
|Rule||T.A. 2805-2941 (Lord)|
T.A. 2941-3019 (King)
|Death||17 March T.A. 3019 (aged 252)|
Battle of Dale
|Notable for||Killing Azog|
|House||House of Durin|
|Gallery||Images 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.
War of the Dwarves and Orcs
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.
Lord of the Iron Hills
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.
The Battle of Five Armies
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.
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.
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.
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. It was only later learned the colony was destroyed after five years.
War of the Ring
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.
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.
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.
Etymology and names
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.
Portrayal in adaptations
|Dáin in adaptations|
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.
- Dáin Ironfoot is played by Billy Connolly. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Quest of Erebor"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Gathering of the Clouds"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Clouds Burst"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Return Journey"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Great Years"
- 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
- J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Return to Bag End, p. 674 (note 12)
- "Billy Connolly lands dwarf role in The Hobbit" dated 9 February 2012, BBC News (accessed 9 February 2012)
- Radio Times, Volume 181, No. 2349, November 14, 1968
House of Durin
|Lord of the Iron Hills|
T.A. 2805 – 2941
Thorin II Oakenshield
|King of Durin's Folk|
T.A. 2941 – 3019
Thorin III Stonehelm
|5th King under the Mountain|
T.A. 2941 – 3019
|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 - 2850) · Thorin II Oakenshield† (2850 - 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|