Durin VII

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Durin VII
Dwarf
The Lord of the Rings Online - Durin VII.jpg
Durin VII in The Lord of the Rings Online
Biographical Information
Other namesDurin the Last
TitlesKing of Durin's Folk
King of Khazad-dûm
LocationErebor, Khazad-dûm
LanguageKhuzdul
BirthAfter Fo.A. 171[note 1]
Erebor[1]
RuleAfter Fo.A. 171
Notable forRe-established Khazad-dûm
Family
HouseHouse of Durin
ParentageDescendant of Thorin III Stonehelm[note 2][1]
Physical Description
GenderMale
"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.

History[edit | edit source]

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]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

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]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

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


Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

2018: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Prince Durin is the son of King Thorin III Stonehelm. In the game's storyline other Dwarves have been given that name and yet proved not to be the Father of the Longbeards returned, so a major part of his motivation is to prove whether he truly is or will be Durin VII.
At the onset of the War of the Ring, Thorin III send Durin to the Iron Hills for his safety, where to his frustration the Prince had sat out the entire war in relative comfort. Seeking to prove himself, he follows a group of the Zhélruka dwarves on the pilgrimage to Ered Mithrin, where they believe their old strongholds can be reclaimed following Sauron's downfall. Despite his son disobeying his direct order, King Thorin puts his trust in him and sends to him both warriors from Erebor for reinforcements and the Red Axe of Dáin Ironfoot.
The dwarves reclaim Skarháld, a fortress outpost of Dáin's halls, but Durin sets his sights on a grander prize. Boosted by Longbeard reinforements coming from Eriador to Iron Hills, Durin marches on Gundabad itself which is now ruled by Gorgar, son of Bolg. In summer of T.A. 3019, the "War of Three Peaks" breaks out, in which the dwarves emerge victorious due to the orcs being undermined by both Angmarim cultists and the Hobgoblins from the North. Deep beneath Gundabad, Durin has an experience that causes him to remember his previous lives and confidently assert himself as Durin the Deathless returned.

Notes

  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.

References

  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
Unknown
Last known:
Thorin III Stonehelm
King of Durin's Folk
After Fo.A. 171
Followed by:
Unknown
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 - 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