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Durin's Folk (also called the Longbeards) were a clan of Dwarves that originally inhabited Khazad-dûm, led by Durin I, "The Deathless". He was succeeded by many generations of kings, among them appeared six others also called Durin. (The Dwarves believed that these six were the reincarnation of Durin I, with memories of their past lives.)


Durin's Folk settled Khazad-dûm in the Years of the Trees, prospering there throughout the First Age. After the end of the War of Wrath and the ruin of Nogrod and Belegost, many of the Dwarves of those cities migrated to Khazad-dûm, swelling its population and intermingling with Durin's Folk.

In the Second Age, Durin's Folk began a friendship with the Ñoldor of Celebrimbor in Eregion. During the War of the Elves and Sauron the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm sortied out to attack Sauron's forces in the rear, allowing Elrond and his army to escape. Afterwards Durin's Folk earned the hatred of Sauron and Orcs were commanded to harass Dwarves wherever they could find them. As a result the Gates of Khazad-dûm were shut and the Orcs could not gain entry, the Dwarves within being too numerous and valiant to overcome. At the end of the age the Dwarves of Durin's Folk participated in the War of the Last Alliance, fighting on the side of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.

In the middle of the Third Age, they were expelled from Khazad-dûm by the Balrog known as Durin's Bane. In TA 1980, their king Durin VI was killed by the creature, which the following year also killed his son, Náin I. Thráin I, Náin's son fled along with his people to the Lonely Mountain, where he founded the Kingdom under the Mountain.

During the reign of Thorin I son of Thráin, rumors were heard of greater wealth in the Grey Mountains. Thorin decided to leave Erebor and take his people to the north, where they lived in peace until the reign of his grandson Náin II, when they began to be attacked by dragons. During the reign of Dáin I, a Cold-drake invaded his halls and killed him along with his second son, Frór. Thrór, eldest son of Dáin I, and now King of Durin's Folk, returned along with his uncle Borin and part of his people to the Lonely Mountain. His younger brother Grór left for the east where he founded a lordship in the Iron Hills. Thrór ruled during long years of peace until a Fire-drake, Smaug, the last of the great dragons, descended from the north and sacked and took the Lonely Mountain. Durin's Folk became a nomadic people in exile. Many of them went to the Iron Hills and settled there. Thrór went insane, and tried to reclaim Khazad-dûm by himself, leading to his death at the hand of Azog.

This started the War of the Dwarves and Orcs, which ended at the Battle of Azanulbizar, where Azog was killed by Dáin II, grandson of Grór. After the battle, many of the Dwarves under the rule of Thráin II went to the west to the Blue Mountains and settled there. After 60 years Thráin's son, Thorin II, was convinced by the wizard Gandalf to lead a company of 13 Dwarves and one Hobbit on a quest to recover the Lonely Mountain. The quest lead to the death of Smaug at the hand of Bard the Bowman, and the great Battle of Five Armies against armies of Orcs, in which Thorin and his nephews Fíli and Kíli were killed. But Thorin's sacrifice led to the Kingdom of the Lonely Mountain being restored under the rule of his cousin Dáin II, Lord of the Iron Hills, who became King under the Mountain in TA 2941. He died in the Battle of Dale in the War of the Ring, fighting hordes of Easterlings in Dale. His people were then besieged. After Sauron was defeated, Dáin's son Thorin III and Bard II, the new King of Dale, defeated the Easterlings.

Durin VII, the last to be named "Durin", later retook Khazad-dûm and became known as "Durin the Last".

Settlements of Durin's Folk[]

First Age[]

Second Age[]

  • Khazad-dûm
  • Iron Hills

Third Age[]

Fourth Age[]

  • Erebor
  • Khazad-dûm - from unknown date
  • Glittering Caves - from early Fourth Age
  • Iron Hills
  • Blue Mountains
==Line of Kings of Durin's Folk==

Durin I
Durin II
Durin III
Durin IV
Durin V
Durin VI
Náin I
Thráin I
Thorin I
Náin II
Dáin I
Thráin II
Thorin II
Dáin II
Thorin III
Durin VII and Last


Foreign Language Translated name
Albanian Njerëz të Durinit
Armenian Դուրինի մարդիկ
Azerbaijani Durinın xalq
Bosnian Durinovi ljudi
Chinese (Hong Kong) 都靈子嗣
Croatian Durinovi narod
Czech Durinův lid
Dutch Durins volk
Filipino Mga tao ng Durin
Finnish Durinin heimo
French Peuple de Durin
German Durins Volk
Hebrew עמו של דורין
Irish Gaelic Daoine de Durin
Italian Popolo di Durin
Kazakh Дуринnıñ адамдар (Cyrillic) Dwrïnnıñ adamdar (Latin)
Latvian Durina cilvēki
Lithuanian Durino tautos (Durin's Folk) Ilgabarzdžių (Longbeards)
Macedonian Cyrillic Луѓето на Дурин
Persian خاندان دورین
Polish Plemię Durina
Portuguese (Brazil) Povo de Durin
Russian Род Дурина (Durin's Folk) Длиннобороды (Longbeards)
Slovak Durínov ľudia (Durin's Folk) Dlhé brady (Longbeards)
Spanish Pueblo de Durin
Thai พลเมืองของดูริน
Turkish Durin'in Halkı
Welsh Gwerin Durin yn
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