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Durin was the name of many Dwarves in the First, Second, and Third Ages, starting with Durin the Deathless, after whom the Line was named. All descendants of Durin I who greatly resembled him were given his name.

Line of Durin

Durin I

King Durin I, known also as Durin the Deathless, of Khazad-dûm (Years of the Trees? - First Age) was the oldest of the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves, first created by Aulë the Vala. Durin was set to sleep alone beneath Mount Gundabad in Middle-earth until the Elves awoke. The name Durin, like other names of Tolkien's Dwarves, was taken from Old Norse. In Tolkien's fiction, Dalish (the language of Dale) had the same relationship to Rohirric and Westron as Old Norse has to English, so since Westron was rendered in English, the language of Dale was rendered in Old Norse. The Dwarvish names were in the language of Dale, which therefore was rendered in Old Norse in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Upon his awakening at Mount Gundabad in the Years of the Trees, Durin traveled until he came upon the Mirrormere, the lake that the Dwarves call Kheled-zâram. He created there a great city within the Misty Mountains. This was Khazad-dûm, later known as Moria. Durin's awakening place of Mount Gundabad became a holy place to the Dwarves and Durin himself was revered by all Dwarves.

Durin founded the line of Dwarves called Durin's Folk. Durin was called the Deathless because he lived far longer than any other known Dwarf. It was also believed that Durin would be reincarnated among his descendants a total of six times.

Later, while passing through Moria with the Fellowship, Gimli sang a poem about Durin. 

Durin's Axe and Durin's Helm remained in Khazad-dûm after it was deserted in the TA 1981 year of the Third Age. In TA 2989 the relics were found again by Balin's expedition, and lost again in TA 2994 when the Dwarf-colony was destroyed. (See Book of Mazarbul.)


Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Simplified) 都灵一世(不死都灵)
Chinese (Traditional) 都靈一世 (不死都靈)
Georgian დურინ l
Hebrew דורין הראשון (Durin I)

דורין הנצחי (Durin the Deathless)

Korean 두린 1세
Russian Дурин I
Latvian Durins Pirmais (Durin I)

Durins Nemirstīgais (Durin the Deathless)

Durin II

Nothing is recorded about the reign of Durin II (First Age ? - Second Age ?).


Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Simplified) 都灵二世
Chinese (Traditional) 都靈二世
Georgian დურინ II
Korean 두린 2세
Russian Дурин II
Latvian Durins Otrais

Durin III

Durin III as depicted in the LOTR TCG

Durin III (Second Age ? - Second Age ?) was the first bearer of the mightiest of the Seven Dwarf Rings, although this was not known to outsiders until the end of the Third Age. The Dwarves of Durin's folk claimed the ring was given by Celebrimbor himself, and not by Sauron, though Sauron was involved in the making. This was the ring that Thráin II carried and had taken from him when he was captured by the agents of Sauron.[1] During the War of the Elves and Sauron the Dark Lord's forces were on the point of overtaking and destroying the refugees and army of Elrond, when the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm sortied from the Doors of Durin and attacked Sauron's forces in the rear, giving the Elves time to escape. After this time the gates of Khazad-dûm were shut.


Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Simplified) 都灵三世
Chinese (Traditional) 都靈三世
Georgian დურინ III
Korean 두린 3세
Russian Дурин III
Latvian Durins Trešais

Durin IV

Durin IV (Second Age ? - Third Age?) lived in Khazad-dûm at the end of the Second Age, possibly into the Third Age. He was King during the War of the Last Alliance, and he sent an army of Dwarves of Khazad-dûm to fight alongside the Elves and Men.


Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Simplified) 都灵四世
Chinese (Traditional) 都靈四世
Georgian დურინ IV
Korean 두린 4세
Russian Дурин IV
Latvian Durins Ceturtais

Durin V

Durin V (Third Age ? - Third Age ?) lived in Khazad-dûm, and with the aid of the Ring, the kingdom prospered. He was the last of the Durins to have reigned in peace as King of Khazad-dûm without knowledge of the Balrog that slept beneath them.

Translations around the world

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Simplified) 都灵五世
Chinese (Traditional) 都靈五世
Georgian დურინ V
Korean 두린 5세
Russian Дурин V
Latvian Durins Piektais

Durin VI

Durin VI in The Lord of the Rings Online

Durin VI (TA 1731 - TA 1980) was King of the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm when the Balrog was roused deep beneath the city. The creature killed the king in year 1980 of the Third Age, and became known as Durin's Bane. He was succeeded by his son, Náin I, who was himself soon slain by the Balrog and succeeded by Thráin I.


Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Simplified) 都灵六世
Chinese (Traditional) 都靈六世
Georgian დურინ VI
Korean 두린 6세
Russian Дурин VI
Latvian Durins Sestais

Durin VII the Last

Durin VII as depicted in The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game

Durin VII, also known as Durin the Last, was held to be the last king of the line of Durin I.[1] His birth was prophesied by the Dwarves in the conclusion of the Battle of Five Armies, that in the direct line of Dáin II Ironfoot there will be an heir, but the last of his line.[2], and he led Durin's Folk from Erebor to recolonise Khazad-dûm "several centuries" after the beginning of the Fourth Age, where they remained "until the world grew old and the Dwarves failed and the days of Durin's race were ended".[3]


Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Simplified) 都灵七世
Chinese (Traditional) 都靈七世
Korean 두린 7세
Russian Дурин VII
Latvian Durins Septītais (Durin VII)

Pēdējais Durins (Durin the Last)

House of Durin's Descendants

As can be see in the following family Tree at least nine members of the House of Durin played roles in The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Ring (novel), The Two Towers (novel) and the The Return of the King (novel)

Three other Dwarves related to Thorin and the House of Durin:

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
Thorin II
Dáin II
Thorin III
Durin VII


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, III: Durin's Folk
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XIII: "Last Writings"
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, IX: "The Making of Appendix A"