Náin (son of Grór)

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The name Náin refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Náin (disambiguation).
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"Náin at Azanulbizar" by Jacek Kopalski
Biographical Information
LocationIron Hills
BirthT.A. 2665
Iron Hills
DeathT.A. 2799 (aged 134)
HouseHouse of Durin
ChildrenDáin Ironfoot
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Náin
"Azog! If you are in come out! Or is the play in the valley too rough?"
― Náin[1]

Náin (Third Age 2665 - 2799, lived 134 years) was the son of Grór, the Lord of the Iron Hills.

History[edit | edit source]

Considering its length, Náin more than likely fought in much of the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, however his only deeds are recorded at the Battle of Azanulbizar.

In the battle, Náin led fresh reinforcements to the Dimrill Dale where he fought his way all the way up to the steps of the East-gate of Moria, where he dueled with Azog. But Náin was half blind with rage and fatigued from battle, so he swung with all his might at the Orc. Azog darted aside and kicked Náin's leg so that he missed and shattered his mattock on the steps. Náin stumbled and Azog tried to hew his neck, but the Dwarf's mail withstood the edge. Yet, the blow was so powerful that Náin's neck was broken and he fell.

After the battle his body was burned, along with the rest of the dead on wooden pyres. After his death the lines of Grór's two elder brothers failed, and Náin's son Dáin II Ironfoot became King.[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Náinn is a dwarf from the Dvergatal. It means "Corpselike".[2]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Dáin I
2440 - 2589
2542 - 2790
2552 - 2589
2563 - 2803
Thráin II
2644 - 2850
2665 - 2799
Thorin II
2746 - 2941
2751 - 2799
b. 2760
Dáin II
2767 - 3019
2859 - 2941
2864 - 2941
Thorin III
b. 2866

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

2021: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Náin, called Náin Orcsfoe, appears in an extended flashback depicting the Battle of Azanulbizar and his eventual demise.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "Durin's Folk"
  2. 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