Farin

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This article is about the grandfather of Balin and Glóin. For the the main character of The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, see Farin (video game character).
Farin
Dwarf
The Lord of the Rings Online - Farin.jpg
Farin in The Lord of the Rings Online
Biographical Information
LocationGrey Mountains
Lonely Mountain
LanguageKhuzdul
BirthT.A. 2560
Grey Mountains
DeathT.A. 2803 (aged 243)
Family
HouseHouse of Durin
ParentageBorin
Siblingspossibly an older sister[note 1][1]
ChildrenFundin
Gróin
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Farin

Farin was a dwarf of Durin's folk.

History[edit]

Farin was one of the Dwarves of the Grey Mountains. When his uncle King Dáin I and cousin Frór had been slain by a Cold-drake, his people were forced to flee the dragon-plagued Grey Mountains while he was just 29 years old. Farin's father, Borin, joined Thrór when he rebuilt the Kingdom under the Mountain in 2590.[source?]

Farin was the father of Fundin and Gróin, and therefore an ancestor to both Balin of Thorin and Company and Gimli Elf-friend, one of the Fellowship of the Ring.[2]

In 2770 the dragon Smaug sacked the Lonely Mountain, driving its people into exile.

Etymology[edit]

Jim Allan has suggested that Farin is derived from Old Norse farinn ("travelled-one").[3]

Genealogy[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
Náin II
2338 - 2585
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dáin I
2440 - 2589
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Borin
2450 - 2711
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thrór
2542 - 2790
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FARIN
2560 - 2803
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thráin II
2644 - 2850
 
 
 
Fundin
2662 - 2799
 
 
 
 
 
Gróin
2671 - 2923
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thorin
2746 - 2941
 
Balin
2763 - 2994
 
Dwalin
2772 - Fo.A. 91
 
Óin
2774 - 2994
 
Glóin
2783 - Fo.A. 15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gimli
2879 - Fo.A. 120+

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

2021: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Farin appears in an extended flashback depicting the Battle of Azanulbizar, in which he fights alongside his sons and grandsons.

Notes

  1. It is said in The Peoples of Middle-earth that dwarven women were seldom named in genealogies but if a son is seen to be 110 years younger than his father, this usually indicates an elder daughter.

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