Durin VI

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Durin VI
"Durin VI" by Philip Kerst
Biographical Information
TitlesKing of Durin's Folk
King of Khazad-dûm
BirthT.A. 1731
Ruleunknown - T.A. 1980
DeathT.A. 1980(aged 249)
Killed by Durin's Bane, Khazad-dûm
HouseHouse of Durin
ChildrenNáin I
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Durin VI

Durin VI (Third Age 17311980, lived 249 years) was a King of Durin's folk and ruled at their capital, the great Dwarven city 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]

Near the end of Durin VI's reign, the Dwarves, mining for mithril, encountered a Balrog that had hidden itself deep beneath the city. The monster began to wreak havoc on Khazad-dûm and slew Durin. Since the surviving Dwarves were unsure what type of monster they faced, the Balrog was simply called "Durin's Bane". Durin's son Náin I was slain shortly thereafter, leaving his grandson Thráin I to lead Durin's folk as the survivors fled from their ancestral home.[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]


Durin I
fl. First Age
Durin II
fl. late F.A./early S.A.
Durin III
fl. mid S.A. 1600
Durin IV
fl. late S.A./early T.A.
Durin V
fl. late S.A./early T.A.
T.A. 1731 - 1980
Náin I
1832 - 1981
Thráin I
1934 - 2190

Portrayals in adaptations

Durin VI in adaptations
Durin VI in The Lord of the Rings Online

2008: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Durin VI appears during a session play depicting the fall of Moria. He is present when Durin's Bane is awoken from the slumber and is one of the first to be killed by it.


  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
Durin VI
House of Durin
Born: T.A. 1731 Died: T.A. 1980
Last known:
Durin V
King of Durin's Folk
unknown - T.A. 1980
Followed by:
Náin I
King of Khazad-dûm
unknown - T.A. 1980

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