List of Middle-earth Dwarves
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Azaghâl was king of the Broadbeam Dwarves of Belegost during the First Age. He was slain by the dragon Glaurung after wounding him in the Nírnaeth Arnoediad. The Helm of Hador was originally made for him by Telchar.
Balin was one of the twelve companions of Thorin Oakenshield and Bilbo Baggins on the Quest of Erebor. He wears a scarlet hood. He was the son of Fundin and elder brother of Dwalin. Many years after the death of Smaug, Balin led an expedition to recolonise Khazad-dûm, where he found Durin's Axe. Although the colony began well, Balin was slain after only a few years, shot by Orcs on November 5, 2994, as he looked into Kheled-zâram. Thirty years later his tomb and the Book of Mazarbul that told of his expedition and death were discovered by the Fellowship of the Ring.
Bifur was one of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. The cousin of Bofur and Bombur, he was not descended from Durin. He was fond of raspberry jam and apple-tart, wore a yellow hood and played the clarinet. He gave the trolls quite a fight before getting sacked and helped trying to rescue Bilbo, and was set down uncomfortably near the fire as a reward. He survived the barrel-ride in a drier and less bruised state than most of the other dwarves, but still couldn’t move after the ordeal.
Bofur was one of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. The cousin of Bifur and brother of Bombur, he was not descended from Durin. Bofur liked mince-pies and cheese at tea, and like his cousin Bifur, played the clarinet and sported a yellow hood. He didn’t have as rough a barrel-ride as most of his companions, but was still too stiff to help unkeg the other dwarves. Along with his brother Bombur he was nearly trapped at the bottom of a cliff on the Lonely Mountain by Smaug before being rescued by the others.
Bombur was one of the twelve companions with Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. The cousin of Bifur and brother of Bofur, he was not descended from Durin. He wears a pale green hood.
"Poor, fat" Bombur is frequently shown as having been the last in everything, foolish and making mistakes: he tumbled with Bifur and Bofur onto Thorin when they enter Bag End last, he entered Beorn's house last and yet earlier than intended, and he also fell into the Enchanted River after being asked to go last. Trusting neither mountain paths nor ropes to hold his weight, he chose to stay and guard the company's camp while the others moved up Erebor. However, he was forced to use the ropes to escape the rampaging dragon Smaug. Bombur slept at several key moments in the book. When he fell into the Enchanted River, he was entranced and slept for days, causing his already despairing companions to carry him. During the siege of Erebor, Bilbo used Bombur's sleepiness to his advantage, promising to take Bombur's midnight watch and allow him to sleep. As well, he was asleep when his barrel was opened at Esgaroth and when Bilbo discovered the secret entrance to Erebor. His weight was problematic during their quest. He played a drum.
Many years later, in The Lord of the Rings, Frodo Baggins enquired after Bombur and learns that he had grown so fat it took six young dwarves to lift him, as he could no longer move from his bed to his couch.
Dáin I, the son of Náin II, was the last King of Durin's Folk united. Under Dáin I, attacks by dragons on their mines in the Ered Mithrin continued, and he was killed by a cold-drake in T.A. 2589 and succeeded by his sons Thrór, who established the realm of Erebor, and Grór, who held rule in the Iron Hills.
Dáin II Ironfoot
Dáin II Ironfoot was a descendant of Grór and lord of the Dwarves of the Iron Hills. Dáin joined his father's contingent in the Battle of Azanulbizar, at which time he slew Azog. After Thorin's death in the Battle of Five Armies, Dáin was proclaimed king of Durin's Folk. He fell in the Battle of Dale and was succeeded by his son Thorin III Stonehelm.
Dís was a female Dwarf, daughter of Thráin II and sister of Thorin Oakenshield. She was the mother of Fíli and Kíli, and the only dwarf-woman ever named in the annals, in respect of the valiant deaths of her sons.
Dori was one of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He was the brother of Nori and Ori. It fell to Dori to carry Bilbo in the tunnels of the Misty Mountains, but Dori dropped Bilbo and the other dwarves blamed him for "losing their burglar." Later, during the escape from the Wargs when they all climbed trees, Dori climbed back down to help Bilbo, who could not get up on his own. When the Eagles carried them off, Bilbo grabbed hold of Dori's legs as they went. In The Hobbit, Dori is described as "a decent fellow, despite his grumbling," while Thorin described him as being the strongest member of the company. He wears a purple hood.
Durin the Deathless
Durin II was King of the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm.
Durin IV was King of the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm.
Durin V was King of the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm.
Durin VI was King of the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm when the Balrog was aroused deep beneath the city and killed Durin.
Durin VII the Last
Durin VII was a descendant of Thorin III Stonehelm of Durin's folk, who was lord of the Dwarves of Erebor and the Iron Hills in Wilderland.
Dwalin was one of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. The son of Fundin and younger brother of Balin, Dwalin was the first Dwarf to arrive at Bag End. He wore a dark green hood and a golden belt, had a blue beard, and like his brother Balin, he played the viol. Dwalin lent a hood and cloak to Bilbo when they set out on their journey. After the events in The Hobbit, Dwalin ruled Thorin's halls in the Blue Mountains. He died in the year 91 of the Fourth Age at the age of 340, very old even for a Dwarf.
Dwalin is portrayed by Graham McTavish in Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit. Recognisable by his bald head, tattoos and black beard, Dwalin is the tallest of Thorin's followers and the fiercest warrior, and his favorite weapon is the war hammer. In a flashback, Dwalin is seen during the War of the Dwarves and Orcs fighting against Azog's Orcs at Moria.
Fíli was one of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He and his brother Kíli were the sons of Dís, Thorin's sister. He had a blue cloak, a yellow beard and a long nose, the longest of all the Dwarves on the Quest. The two brothers were described as being young in Dwarf terms, younger than the rest by some fifty years. They also had the best eyesight and so were often sent scouting or searching. The brothers are consistently described as cheerful, the only two to have come out of the barrels at Lake-town "more or less smiling." After the battle with the spiders he is forced to cut off most of his beard because it is covered in webbing.
Although Chapter 8 of The Hobbit describes Fíli as the youngest, in Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings his birthyear is given as T.A. 2859, whereas Kíli's is 2864. Both brothers fell at the Battle of Five Armies, defending their uncle Thorin, and were buried with honour.
Flói was one of the Dwarves who entered Moria with Balin. Killed 2989 by an orc archer, he had slain a great chieftain. Flói was buried under the grass at Mirrormere at Dimrill Dale. His death was recorded in the Book of Mazarbul.
Frerin was the second son of Thráin II and the younger brother of Thorin Oakenshield. He perished at a young age when he joined in the Battle of Azanulbizar, the climactic battle of the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, beneath the East-gate of Khazad-dûm.
Frór was a Dwarf of the line of Durin who was killed with his father Dáin I by a cold-drake in the Grey Mountains. The kingship of Durin's folk clan then passed on to Frór's brother Thrór, who founded the kingdom of Erebor. However, the greater part of Durin's folk followed their younger brother Grór to the Iron Hills.
Fundin was the son of Farin, brother of Gróin and father of Balin and Dwalin, two of Thorin Oakenshield's companions on the Quest of Erebor. Fundin was killed beneath the East Gate of Moria in the climactic Battle of Nanduhirion during the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. In the aftermath of the battle, all the bodies of those who fell were stripped of their armour and weaponry by their kinsmen, and were burnt upon pyres of wood, Fundin among them.
Gimli, the son of Glóin, was chosen by Elrond to be one of the nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. He remained with Aragorn throughout the War of the Ring, fighting at the Hornburg, Pelargir, and Pelennor Fields. His friendship with Legolas and love for Galadriel earned him the title of Elf-friend.
Glóin, son of Thorin
Glóin, son of Gróin
Glóin, son of Gróin, was one of the twelve companions of Thorin II Oakenshield and Bilbo Baggins on the Quest of Erebor. He was a descendant of Durin the Deathless, and brother of Óin. Glóin and his son Gimli were sent to Rivendell as an embassy from Dáin II to bring news of Erebor, Moria, and what they knew of Sauron's plans; they arrived in time to attend the Council of Elrond. He wears a white hood. The name Gloin is found in the Völuspá.
He was a playable hero in the Dwarven Faction in the Electronic Arts Real-Time Strategy game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II, and specialized in attacks that would either destroy or disable the opponents' buildings.
Grór was the youngest son of King Dáin I, and brother of Frór and Thrór, and father of Náin. When Thrór left the Grey Mountains to reclaim the Kingdom of Erebor, the majority of Durin's folk followed Grór to the Iron Hills, even though his brother remained king.
Kíli was one of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. He and his brother Fíli were the sons of Dís, Thorin's sister. He had a blue cloak and a yellow beard. The two brothers were described as being young in Dwarf terms, younger than the rest by some fifty years. They also had the best eyesight and so were often sent scouting or searching. The brothers are consistently described as having been cheerful, and the only two to have come out of the barrels at Lake-town "more or less smiling."
Although Fíli is described as being the youngest in Chapter 8 of The Hobbit, in Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings his birthyear is given as T.A. 2859, whereas Kíli's is 2864. Both brothers fell at the Battle of Five Armies, defending their uncle Thorin, and were buried with honour.
Mîm was one of the last of the Petty-dwarves who lived together with his two sons, Ibûn and Khîm, at Amon Rûdh in west Beleriand, where he kept a secret treasury. Although he harboured the company of Túrin, he also betrayed them to Orcs, as a man of Túrin's company had slain his son Khîm. Mîm was eventually slain by Húrin at Nargothrond.
In exchange for his life, Mîm was forced to lead the outlaws to his secret halls in Amon Rûdh. There, it turned out Khîm had been killed by an arrow loosed by Androg, who was then forced to break his bow and arrows, and Túrin repenting offered his service to Mîm. For this reason Mîm tolerated the outlaws, and although he never loved Túrin, the dwarf at least came to respect him.
When Beleg Cúthalion arrived at Amon Rûdh, Mîm was angry: he hated elves, especially the Sindar. Nevertheless he had to tolerate the elf in his halls. This hatred toward Beleg led Mim to betray Amon Rudh to Morgoth. After Amon Rûdh was betrayed to Morgoth, All the outlaws were slain, save Túrin and Beleg. Beleg was left tied up on the summit of Amon Rûdh by the orcs, and there Mîm found him and attempted to kill him but was scared away by a dying outlaw called Andróg. Mîm escaped, but it seems Ibûn was killed by orcs. Eventually Mîm made his way to ruined Nargothrond after Túrin had killed Glaurung, and took the treasure for his own.
Húrin Thallion, who had seen all that had happened to Túrin with Morgoth's eyes, came across Mîm in Nargothrond, and killed him, deeming him partially responsible for Túrin's fate. With his dying words Mîm cursed the treasure. Húrin's band brought the treasure of Nargothrond to Doriath, where eventually the gold was a reason for the Sack of Doriath and the death of Thingol.
Náin I was the son of Durin VI, and succeeded his father as King of Khazad-dûm. When his father was slain by the Balrog, Náin attempted to continue the kingdom, but was himself killed the following year. The remainder of Durin's Folk fled Khazad-dûm, and the city was renamed Moria. Náin was succeeded on the throne by Thráin I.
Náin II was a King of Durin's Folk, son of Óin. Under Náin, the Dwarves lived peacefully in the Ered Mithrin until they were attacked by dragons. He was succeeded by his son, Dáin I. He had a younger son Borin, from whom several of Thorin Oakenshield's companions were descended.
Náin, son of Grór
Náin, son of Grór was killed at the Battle of Nanduhirion when Azog the Orc Chieftain broke his neck. The rule of the Dwarves of the Iron Hills passed to his son, Dáin II Ironfoot, who avenged his father's death by killing Azog.
Narvi was a dwarf of Moria who built its West-gate in the Second Age. His name was inscribed on the door by Celebrimbor, writing in Sindarin language on Narvi's behalf. The inscription reads Im Narvi hain echant. Celebrimbor o Eregion teithant i thiw hin: "I, Narvi, made them [the Doors]. Celebrimbor of Eregion drew these signs."
Óin, son of Glóin
Óin, son of Glóin succeeded his father as King of Durin's folk, reigning from 2385 to 2488 Third Age.
Óin, son of Gróin
Óin, son of Gróin, was one of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor. Along with his brother Glóin, he was counted on to start the campfires, though the brothers bickered over the task. He wears a brown hood. He was also one of the Dwarves who entered Moria with Balin. He was killed by the Watcher in the Water while trying to escape via the Western Door.
In Peter Jackson's movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Óin is played by John Callen. He wields a spear and uses an ear trumpet. In addition to his skill at lighting fires, Óin is the group's healer.
Ori was one of the twelve companions of Thorin and Bilbo on the Quest of Erebor, and brother to Dori and Nori. He was also one of the Dwarves who entered Moria with Balin. He wears a grey hood, and loves the arts. He was among the last members of Balin's colony to be killed, as is known by his entering the last records in the Book of Mazarbul before their final hopeless stand against the Orcs. This book was later discovered by the Fellowship of the Ring.
He is portrayed by Adam Brown in Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbit. In this adaptation, Ori is the youngest member of Thorin's company who uses a slingshot as his trademark weapon and serves as the group's scribe. Ori has a chinstrap beard and bowl cut and wears a grey hooded cloak with a cable knit scarf and mittens.
Thorin I was the son of Thráin I, and succeeded his father as King of Erebor and King of Durin's folk. He left Erebor with the greater part of his folk, moving to the Ered Mithrin. He was succeeded as King by Glóin.
Thorin II Oakenshield
Thorin II Oakenshield was the King of Durin's Folk who led the expedition to destroy Smaug in T.A. 2941 and was slain in the Battle of Five Armies.
Thorin III Stonehelm
Thorin III Stonehelm was the son and heir of Dáin II Ironfoot of Durin's folk, who was lord of the Dwarves of Erebor and the Iron Hills in Wilderland. He became King under the Mountain when his father was killed during the War of the Ring in T.A. 3019. Thorin III helped rebuild Erebor and Dale, and prospered. His realm became a close ally of the Reunited Kingdom of King Elessar.
During his rule, Gimli led a number of Dwarves south to Aglarond, where a new lordship was established, most likely a colony of Durin's Folk under the vassalage of the King of Erebor. Thorin III had a descendant, Durin VII the Last, who was held to be the final reincarnation of Durin the Deathless. It is unclear whether Durin VII was a son of Thorin III or a later descendant.
Thráin I, sometimes called Thráin the Old, was the son of Náin I, and succeeded his father as King of Khazad-dûm. When his father was slain by the Balrog as his grandfather Dúrin VI had been killed before, Thráin fled Khazad-dûm together with the remainder of Durin's folk, migrating to Erebor, which he founded in T.A. 1999. He was succeeded as King by Thorin I.
Thráin II was the father of Thorin Oakenshield and the son of Thrór. After the death of his father he went wandering, and was captured by the Necromancer in Dol Guldur at which time the last of the Seven Rings of Power was taken from him.
Thrór (T.A. 2542 − 2790) was a King of Durin's folk, the son of Dáin I, father of Thráin II, and brother to Frór and Grór. He became king in 2589 when a cold-drake killed Dáin I and Frór. The following year he returned to reoccupy Erebor as King Under the Mountain, but many of his people followed his brother Grór to settle instead in the Iron Hills farther east.
Thrór and his people prospered in Erebor, but their success attracted the attention of Smaug the dragon, who in 2770 attacked the mountain and drove the surviving dwarves away. Thrór and his people then wandered abroad, becoming increasingly poor and desperate. In 2790 Thrór committed the ring of his house to his son Thráin and with his companion Nár sought to re-enter Moria. He was captured there by Azog the Orc, who tortured him and chopped off his head. His body was thrown out the east gate, hacked to pieces and fed to the ravens in full view of Nár. This started the War of the Dwarves and Orcs.
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