Durin II

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Durin II
"Durin II" by Philip Kerst
Biographical Information
PositionKing of Durin's Folk
King of Khazad-dûm
HouseHouse of Durin
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Durin II

Durin II (lived sometime during the late First Age or early Second Age[1][note 1]) was a King of Durin's folk and King of Khazad-dûm.


Like all Durins after Durin I he was given the name of the first Father 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.[1]


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.[2]

Another account states that Durinn is one of the Dwarfs in the Dvergatal. The name means "Sleepy".[3]


Robert Foster, author of The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, has suggested that this is the Durin named on the Doors of Durin of Moria, built around S.A. 750.[4]


Durin I
fl. First Age
fl. late F.A./early S.A.
Durin III
fl. S.A. 1600
Durin IV
fl. late S.A./early T.A.
Durin V
fl. late S.A./early T.A.
Durin VI
T.A. 1731 - 1980

Portrayal in adaptations

2021: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Durin II in The Lord of the Rings Online
Durin II appears briefly in a flashback sequence. He ruled in Gundabad during the early Second Age. He invited the Zhelruka dwarves to dwell in Gundabad after their own ancestral hall was destroyed during the late First Age, but the refugees have never made it to Gundabad, becoming lost in Ered Mithrin along their way.


  1. Durin the Deathless is described as having died before the end of the First Age, whilst Durin III received one of the Seven Rings.


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "X. Of Dwarves and Men", "Relations of the Longbeard Dwarves and Men"
  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
  4. Robert Foster (1971), The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry DURIN II
Durin II
House of Durin
Last known:
Durin I (Elder Days)
King of Durin's FolkUnknown
Next known:
Durin III (mid-Second 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