Durin VII

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Durin VII
Biographical Information
Other namesDurin the Last
TitlesKing of Durin's Folk
King of Khazad-dûm
LocationErebor, Khazad-dûm
BirthAfter Fo.A. 171[note 1]
RuleAfter Fo.A. 171
Notable forRe-established Khazad-dûm
HouseHouse of Durin
ParentageDescendant of Thorin III Stonehelm[note 2][1]
Physical Description
"There lies his crown in water deep,
Till Durin wakes again from sleep.
Song of Durin[2]

Durin VII, also known as Durin the Last,[3] was the last of the six reincarnations of Durin the Deathless.


The actions of Durin VII were prophesied long before he was born; his birth was apparently prophesied upon the accession of Dáin II after the Battle of Five Armies.[4]

Durin VII was the direct descendant of Thorin III Stonehelm (according to some sources, he was his son).[1]

He led Durin's folk from Erebor back to Khazad-dûm and restored the ancient kingdom sometime after Fo.A. 171. There they remained "until the world grew old and the Dwarves failed and the days of Durin's race were ended."[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.[5]

Another account states that Durinn is one of the Dwarfs in the Dvergatal. The name means "Sleepy".[6]


Dáin II Ironfoot
2767 - 3019
Thorin III Stonehelm
b. 2866

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

2018: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The heir of King Thorin Stonehelm is indeed named Durin. However, the game's story reveals that other Dwarves have been given that name and yet proved not to be the Father of the Longbeards returned.
To Prince Durin's frustration, his father kept him secluded in the Iron Hills for his own safety during the War of the Ring. When given freedom to prove himself, the young Prince quickly takes to a leadership role. A major part of his motivation is to prove that he truly is or will be Durin VII.


  1. The mention of Durin's name as a prophecy in the Appendix A, and considering that the Appendix derives from the Red Book (copied Fo.A. 171), seems to suggest that he was probably born, or emerged, after that date.
  2. An alternative version of the genealogical tree of Appendix A suggested Durin VII was the son of Thorin III.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "IX. The Making of Appendix A": (iv) "Durin's Folk", p. 278-9
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "IX. The Making of Appendix A": (iv) "Durin's Folk", p. 383
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "X. Of Dwarves and Men", "Relations of the Longbeard Dwarves and Men"
  6. 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 VII
House of Durin
Born: After Fo.A. 171
Last known:
Thorin III Stonehelm
King of Durin's Folk
After Fo.A. 171
Followed by:
King of Khazad-dûm
After Fo.A. 171

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