This article is about the King under the Mountain. For the the son of Náin II, see Dáin I.

Dáin II Ironfoot (or simply King Dáin) was the son of Náin and the grandson of Grór, the youngest son of Dáin I of Durin's Folk, and was lord of the Dwarves of the Iron Hills in Wilderland.[1] He was a Dwarven King of Durin's Folk, the fifth King under the Mountain, and the Lord of the Iron Hills during the War of the Ring in Middle-earth in the late Third Age


War of the Dwarves and Orcs

Dáin followed his grandfather, Grór, in lordship after Nain was killed by the great Orc chieftain Azog during the Battle of Azanulbizar, the final conflict in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, before he could inherit the lordship. Almost immediately after the death of Náin, Dáin rushed up the steps and slew Azog himself, thus avenging his father's death. He was a very young Dwarf at the time, being only thirty-two years of age: by the Dwarves reckoning, he was still a stripling. Dáin's feat was heralded as a magnificent and glorious triumph for one so young. Dáin alone looked past the gate into Moria, and had the wisdom to know that it was impossible for the dwarves to return at that time. His kingdom at the Iron Hills was so great that they were the only people truly capable of dealing with Sauron's forces at that time.[1]

The Battle of Five Armies

Dáin was the friend and cousin of Thorin Oakenshield, and responded to Thorin's call for help during the quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain.[3] Dáin marched with five hundred Dwarven soldiers, exceptionally strong even by Dwarven standards, clad in heavy chainmail and iron boots, and armed with mattocks, shields, and swords. He arrived just in time for the Battle of Five Armies.[4] After the battle, Dain thanked the Eagles for their timely intervention, crowning their chief with gold and swearing the dwarves to everlasting friendship with them. He also honored Thorin's commitments to Bard the Bowman and Bilbo Baggins, giving a fourteenth share of the Mountain's treasure to the people of Lake-town, and promising an even greater share to Bilbo, who politely declined to take more than two small chests, filled with silver and gold. Dain also granted the emeralds of Girion to King Thranduil, who prized them greatly.[5]

The War of the Ring

Dain as King Under the Mountain

Dáin is crowned as King Under the Mountain

After Thorin's death, Dáin became King under the Mountain and King of Durin's folk, the first not to be in a direct line. Dáin was a wise and just leader, and brought much wealth to the mountain realm and was on good terms with the Men of Dale in the south and the Elven king of Northern Mirkwood as well, which ensured peace for many years to come. When Balin and other dwarves decided to reclaim Moria, Dáin initially refused, but Balin insisted on going.[6]
A few months before the Council of Elrond, a messenger from Mordor appeared at the entrance of the Lonely Mountain and offered the Dwarves an alliance with Sauron, asking only in return that the Dwarves share what they knew "concerning Hobbits", and help to track down the One Ring, which the messenger described as "least of rings... a trifle that Sauron fancies."  The messenger said that, if the Dwarves could deliver the Ring itself, then Sauron would return three of the Rings of Power that originally belonged to the Dwarf-Lords, and Moria would be theirs to possess forever.  On the other hand, the messenger warned that "things will not seem so well" if the Dwarves did not help.[6]

Knowing from long and bitter experience that Sauron could not be trusted, Dain refused to be bribed or blackmailed, and sent the messenger away without an answer by claiming that he needed time to think over the proposal. He instead sent Glóin to Rivendell to consult with Elrond, while Dáin prepared the Lonely Mountain for war.[6]


Dain and brand

Dain and Brand during the siege of Dale

Dáin participated in the War of the Ring's northern campaign but was killed during the Battle of Dale in TA 3019, defending the body of King Brand of Dale before the gates of the Lonely Mountain. He was, by then, an extremely old Dwarf, at the age of two-hundred and fifty-two, but still strong for his age. He was still among the greatest of the Dwarven warriors, a direct descendant of Durin and his prowess in battle was nearly unmatched.

After news of his death reached Minas Tirith, Gandalf remarked that, as saddened as they must be at Dáin's death, they should be glad that he died in battle, defending his friend's body, as well as amazed that he was still as formidable a warrior as he had been when he was a young dwarf:

Last resistance

"In his great age he could still wield his axe (...), standing over the body of King Brand before the gate of Erebor"

"I should call that a heavy loss, if it was not a wonder rather that in his great age he could still wield his axe as mightily as they say he did, standing over the body of King Brand before the gate of Erebor, until the darkness fell."

After his death during the war, his son, Thorin III Stonehelm, succeeded him.[1]

Line of Durin's Folk

Durin I
Durin II
Durin VI
Náin I
Thráin I
Thorin I
Náin II
Dáin I
Thráin II
Thorin II
Dáin II
Thorin III
Durin VII


In the books

In the films

Portrayal in adaptations


In the animated film The Hobbit, Dain is referenced by Thorin as the leader of the dwarf reinforcements arriving at Erebor from the Iron Hills, but is not seen in the film.

The Hobbit film trilogy

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Dain Ironfoot arrives for battle

In the third volume of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, Dáin is portrayed by Scottish actor and comedian Billy Connolly. The character's history undergoes some drastic alteration, as the battle between him and Azog is instead combined with the account of how Thorin gained his surname, and results in Azog losing an arm below the elbow rather than perishing.

While the Lonely Mountain is under siege by a combined force of Mirkwood Elves and Men from the recently-destroyed Lake-town, Dain arrives at the head of an army of dwarves from the Iron Hills. Initially bent on attacking the elves, he wheels half of his army to fight against Azog's army when it appears on the field. The Dwarves quickly formed a phalanx, in which fight he is reluctantly joined by the elves.

As the Orcs force the tired Dwarves back towards the gate of Erebor, Thorin and his company charge out, prompting Dain to call for the Dwarves to rally to their King. The two cousins exchange hearty greetings on the battlefield, though Dain is not seen for the rest of the film.

In battle, he rides a wild boar and wields a war hammer. After he is thrown off of his boar and loses his helmet, he is shown to have bright red hair, worn in a Mohawk (similar to Dwalin's at the time of the Battle of Azanulbizar).
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Dain II Ironfoot in combat at the Battle of the Five Armies

In the extended edition for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies his role is slightly expanded, with his army briefly engaging the Elves until the arrival of the Orcs. Unlike the book, Dain's army contained more than just heavily-armed infantry. In addition to having more than five hundred heavy infantry armed with spears, swords, axes, and shields, Dain's army contained a force of two hundred fifty Dwarves mounted on armored goats, five war chariots manned by four dwarves each and pulled by teams of six rams, and nine heavy ballistae manned by crews of five dwarves that fired javelins with spinning tails behind them (called "twirly-whirlies" by Dain). After the battle, he is crowned King under the Mountain. Although the extended edition of the third film does not reveal what happened afterwards, it is possible that he made good the promise his cousin Thorin made to the people of Esgaroth by giving them the gold that was owed to them. He may also have restored to Thranduil the necklace of white gems that Thror allegedly stole from the Elven-king years ago.

Voice dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Élcio Romar
Spanish (Latin America) José Luis Orozco
Italian (Italy) Roberto Draghetti
French (France) Richard Leblond
Hungarian Károly Gesztesi

Video games

  • Dáin appears in the real time strategy game The Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle-Earth II, fighting on the Dwarven faction as King Dáin. His great axe in the game is called Barazanthual, which was one of the finest weapons ever made by Dwarfdom and was rightly feared by all his enemies.


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Dáin Ironfoot (on foot and mounted) miniatures by Games Workshop's Forge World, for The Hobbit Strategy Battle Game


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Dáin II Ystervoet
Albanian Dáin II Këmbë hekuri
Amharic ዓፄ ዳኢን የብረት እግር
Arabic ضاين الثاني الحديد القدم
Armenian Դաին II Արդուկ ոտքով
Azerbaijani II Dáin Dəmir ayağı
Basque Dáin II.a Burdinazko oina
Belarusian Cyrillic Даін II Жалеза для ног
Bengali দ্বিতীয় দাইন আয়রন পা
Bosnian Dáin II Gvozdena noga
Breton Dáin II Houarn Troad ?
Bulgarian Cyrillic Дайн II Железоноги
Burmese ဒဲန္ ဒုတိယ၊ သံခြေသည်
Catalan Dáin II Peudeferro
Chinese (Hong Kong) 丹恩二世·鐵足
Cornish Dáin II Ben Horn
Corsican Dáin II Ferru peda
Croatian Dáin II Željezna noga
Czech Dáin II Železná noha
Danish Dáin II Jernfod
Dutch Dáin II IJzervoet
Esperanto Dáin la 2-a Ferapiedo
Estonian Dáin II Raud jalg
Faroese Dáin II Jarnfótur
Finnish Dáin II Rautajalka
French Dáin II Pied d'Acier
Georgian დაინ II რკინისტერფი
German Dáin II Eisenfuß
Greek Δαιν Β΄ Σιδήρου πόδι
Gujarati બીજું ડેન આયર્ન પગ
Haitian Creole Dáin II Fè pye
Hebrew דאין אירונפוט
Hindi ड्ऐन द्वितीय, लौह पैर
Hungarian (II.) Vaslábú Dáin
Icelandic Dáin 2. Járnfótur
Italian Dáin II Piediferro
Irish Gaelic Dáin II Iarann chos
Japanese ダイン2世 鉄の足
Kannada ಎರಡನೇ ಡೈನ್ ಕಬ್ಬಿಣದ ಕಾಲು
Kazakh II Даін Темір аяқ (Cyrillic) II Dain Temir ayaq (Latin)
Korean 무쇠발 다인 2세
Kurdish Dáin II Ling hesin (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Даин II Темир таман
Latin Dáin II Ferropede
Latvian Dáin II Dzelzs kāja
Lithuanian Dáin II Geležinė pėda
Luxembourgish Dáin II Eisefouss
Macedonian Cyrillic Даин II Железна Стапало
Malagasy Dáin II Tongotra vy
Manx Dáin II Cass Yiarn
Mongolian Cyrillic Төмөр Хөлт II Даин
Navajo Dáin II Bééshakeeʼ
Nepalese दोस्रो दैन आयरन खुट्टा
Norwegian Dáin II Jernfot
Pashto داین دوهم د اوسپنې پښه
Persian ضاین دوم پای آهن
Polish Dáin II Żelazna Stopa
Portuguese (Brazil) Dáin II Pé-de-Ferro
Portuguese (Portugal) Dáin II Pé de Ferro
Punjabi ਡਾਈਨ ਦੂਜਾ ਲੋਹੇ ਦਾ ਪੈਰ
Romanian Dáin al II-lea Talpă-de-Fier
Russian Даин II Железностоп
Sanskrit ड्ऐन २ ईरोन्फ़ोओत
Scottish Gaelic Dáin II CasIarainn
Serbian Даин II
Cyrillic Гвозденстопа
Latin Dáin II Gvozdenstopa
Sinhalese ඩෙයින් II යකඩ කකුල
Slovak Dáin II Železná noha
Slovenian Dáin Železnonogi II.
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Dáin II Pie de Hierro
Swahili Dáin II Mguu wa chuma
Swedish Dáin II Järnfot
Tajik Cyrillic Даин II Оҳан по
Tamil இரண்டாம் டைந் இரும்பு கால்
Telugu రెండవ దైన ఐరన్ అడుగు
Thai ดาอิน 2 เท้าเหล็ก
Turkish II Dáin Demir ayak
Turkmen Dáin II Demir aýak
Ukrainian Cyrillic Даін ІІ Залізна ногою
Urdu ڈین دوم آئرن پاؤں
Uzbek Даин II Темир оёқ (Cyrillic) Dain II Temir oyoq (Latin)
Vietnamese Dáin II Chân Sắt
Welsh Dáin II Troed haearn
Yiddish דאַין אייַזן פֿיס II
Yoruba Dáin 2k Irin ẹsẹ
Zazaki Dáin II Asın lınge
Lord of the Iron Hills
Preceded by
Dáin II Ironfoot Succeeded by
None, title abandoned
TA 2805 - TA 2941
King of Durin's Folk
Preceded by
Thorin II Oakenshield
Dáin II Ironfoot Succeeded by
Thorin III
TA 2941 - TA 3019
King under the Mountain
Preceded by
Thorin II Oakenshield
Dáin II Ironfoot Succeeded by
Thorin III
TA 2941TA 3019


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, III: Durin's Folk
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Great Years"
  3. The Hobbit, Chapter XV: "The Gathering of the Clouds"
  4. The Hobbit, Chapter XVII: "The Clouds Burst"
  5. The Hobbit, Chapter XVIII: "The Return Journey"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"
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