Dwarves of the Iron Hills
|Dwarves of the Iron Hills|
|"Iron Hill Dwarves" by Angelo Montanini|
|Origins||Durin's Folk who settled in the Iron Hills in the First Age|
|Members||Dáin II Ironfoot, Grór, Náin, Thorin III Stonehelm|
|Lifespan||c. 250 years|
|Distinctions||Fierce warriors, exceedingly strong|
|Average height||Five feet or less|
|Clothing||Well-armoured in combat|
|Weaponry||Mattocks, short-swords, and broad shields|
The Dwarves of the Iron Hills were Dwarves belonging to the house of the Longbeards, otherwise known as Durin's Folk, who lived in the Iron Hills. They became well-known for making a metal mesh that could be used for making flexible items like leg-coverings.
The Longbeard Dwarves of Khazad-dûm colonized the Iron Hills in the First Age. The Hills were their primary source of iron-ore. The Dwarf-road ran north-east from Khazad-dûm to the Hills for use by dwarf-traders and merchants and before the end of the First Age, the Dwarves of the Iron Hills built a bridge over River Running.
During the War of the Elves and Sauron, Sauron devastated Eregion; Khazad-dûm was sealed and Orcs took control of the northern Misty Mountains and the Grey Mountains. This ended communication between the Iron Hills and Khazad-dûm for some time.
Many Longboards in the Grey Mountains were greatly troubled by Dragons there, and one slew King Dáin I. His surviving sons led an exodus into the east: the elder, Thrór, recreated the Kingdom under the Mountain at Erebor, while his younger brother Grór led a part of the people further into the east to join their kindred in the Iron Hills.
Founding of Grór's Realm
Grór settled in the Iron Hills in the year T.A. 2590 and became Lord of the Iron Hills. During his reign, the realm became the strongest in the North, being the only realm standing between Sauron and his plans to destroy Rivendell and taking back the lands of Angmar.
War of the Dwarves and Orcs
Lord Naín led his army to the battle in the most crucial moment when the main Dwarven army was being decimated by the great host of Orcs. With these fresh reinforcements, the Dwarves routed their enemies, fighting their way all up to the steps of the East-gate of Moria. There, Nain duelled with Azog, the Orc commander, resulting in his death; his son Dáin avenged his father, achieving recognition because he was very young for dwarven standards.
After this battle, Dain led his Dwarves back to the Iron Hills.
Battle of Five Armies
Years later, Dáin's cousin Thorin attempted to restore the kingdom at Erebor, but he was trapped by the Elves of Mirkwood and Northmen of Esgaroth and sent to the Iron Hills for aid. Dáin arrived with 500 armoured Dwarves and as events developed, the Dwarves of the Iron Hills proved crucial in winning the ensuing Battle of Five Armies against the Orcs of the Misty Mountains. Thorin died in that battle, and with him the royal line of Thrór. Through his ancestor Grór, the Kingship of Durin's Folk then fell on Dáin. Dáin II Ironfoot removed from the Iron Hills and re-established a kingdom under the Lonely Mountain.
Portrayal in adaptations
2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:
- It is possible for Dwarf player characters to choose the Iron Hills as their background, though this is only for aesthetic purposes and has no impact on the game's story or mechanics.
- The Dwarves of the Iron Hills first make an appearance as non-player characters in the Mines of Moria expansion in the form of the "Iron Garrison", an expedition led by the sons and grandsons of Bifur and Bofur that attempts to colonize Moria and investigate Balin's fate.
- After the War of the Ring, the player explores the Iron Hills themselves. According to an old rhyme the players can compile, the Iron Hills and the capital "Járnfast" were founded by "Farin Blackmattock", who in the First Age or earlier sought a sufficient source of iron that Khazad-dûm lacked. The Dwarves of the Iron Hills, here called the "Iron-folk", also appear in a flashback region depicting Azanulbizar during the battle. Among their number is the hero "Hermáth Stormhammer", whose written records of his experiences allow the players to see the battle through his eyes.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "X. Of Dwarves and Men", "Relations of the Longbeard Dwarves and Men", p. 302
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "The Clouds Burst"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "X. Of Dwarves and Men", "Notes", p. 323 (note 30)
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Three. The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants: XX. Note on the Dwarf Road"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "X. Of Dwarves and Men", "Relations of the Longbeard Dwarves and Men", p. 306
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VIII. The Tale of Years of the Third Age"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"