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Men of Dale, when the dragon came

The Men of Dale were the inhabitants of the city-state of Dale in the Third Age. They came from the area around the Lonely Mountain.


The Men of Dale were descendants of the Northmen who had populated Rhovanion throughout the three ages of the Sun. Their capital was the city of Dale.

In TA 2770, Smaug descended upon both Lonely Mountain and Dale probably from somewhere in the Grey Mountains. He attacked and burned much of their town. Over two-hundred years after the destruction of Dale in TA 2941, one particular man named Bard the Bowman shot Smaug through a gap in his scaly armor with his Black Arrow, thanks to information from a Thrush that had contact with Thorin and Company. Subsequently Dale was refounded in TA 2944 by settlers from Lake-town and the lands around with Bard as king.

In TA 3019 during the War of the Ring, the Men of Dale aided the Dwarves in defending the Lonely Mountain from the Easterlings.[1]

In addition to many of them being competent in Westron, they also spoke their own language, which was distantly related to Rohirric.[2]


The Men of Dale are named after their home city of Dale, which is derived from the English word meaning "valley", in turn derived from Proto-Germanic *dalan, with cognates in Old Norse (dalr), Gothic and Dutch (dal), and German (Thal).[3] Another common name for them towards the end of the Third Age was Bardings, meaning "followers of Bard", -ing being a patronymic suffix and Bard meaning Bard the Bowman, the first restored King of Dale and the slayer of Smaug.[2]

Portrayal in adaptations

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy

In Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy, the Men of Dale (as well as of Lake-town) are directly derived in appearance from medieval Russian influences (i.e., Kievan Rus and its successor states). For instance, the warriors of Dale, adorned with conical, medieval Russian-style furred helmets and heavily-furred garbs, resemble the knights and warriors of the Rus' states of old.

Due to the intricate nature of medieval Russian ethno-history, one can also detect Baltic, Finnic, and Turkic influences.


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Manne van Dale
Albanian Njerëzit e Dale
Arabic رجال من ديل
Armenian Տղամարդիկ Դալե
Azerbaijani Kişi Dale
Basque Dale gizonen
Belarusian Cyrillic Мужчыны даліна
Bengali ডেল এর পুরুষদের
Bosnian Ljudi od Dejla
Breton Goured a Draoñienn ?
Bulgarian Cyrillic Мъжете на долина
Cebuano Mga tawo sa Dale
Cambodian បុរសនៃដលោកដេល
Catalan Homes de Dóna-li
Chinese 谷的男人
Cornish Tus a Nans
Croatian Ljudi od Dejla
Czech Muži z Dol
Danish Mænd af Dal
Dutch Mannen van Dal
Esperanto Viroj de Dale
Estonian Dale mehed
Faroese Dalur av Dale
Filipino Mga lalaking taga Dale
Finnish Miehet Laakso
French Hommes de Dale
Frisian Mannen fen Dale
Galician Gomes de Dale
Georgian მამაკაცები ძალეი
German Männer von Thal
Greek Άνδρες της Δαλε
Haitian Creole Moun lavil Dale
Hebrew אנשי דייל
Hindi डेल के पुरुषों
Hungarian Férfiak Suhatag
Icelandic Menn af Dale
Indonesian Orang Dale
Irish Gaelic Fir de Dale
Italian Uomini di Dale
Javanese Wong Dale
Kannada ಡೇಲ್ ಮೆನ್
Kazakh Cyrillic Дейл ерлер
Korean 데일의 남자들
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Дейл эркектер
Latin Viri Dale
Latvian Dale vīri
Lithuanian Dale vyrai
Luxembourgish Männer vun Dale
Macedonian Cyrillic Мажите на Дејл
Malagasy Lehilahy amin'ny Dale
Malaysian Lelaki Dale
Maltese Irġiel ta 'Dale
Marathi डेल लोक
Nepalese डेल को पुरुष
Norwegian Menn av Dal
Pashto د نارينه دره
Persian مردمان دیل
Polish Mężczyzn z Dal
Portuguese Homens de Vale
Punjabi ਡੇਲ ਦੇ ਪੁਰਸ਼
Romanian Bărbați din Vale
Russian Бардинги
Sanskrit डाल मौकुन्द
Scottish Gaelic Fir de Dale
Serbian Људи оф Долина (Cyrillic) Ljudi od Dolina (Latin)
Sesotho Banna ba Dale
Sinhalese ඩේල් මිනිසුන්
Slovak Muži Dale
Slovenian Možje Dolec
Somalian Niman yahow reer Dale
Spanish Hombres de Valle
Sundanese Lalaki ti Dale
Swedish Män av Dale
Tajik Cyrillic Мардони Дейл
Tamil டேல் ஆண்கள்
Telugu డేల్ మెన్
Thai ผู้ชายของหุบเขา
Turkish Dale Erkekleri
Vietnamese Đàn ông của Dale
Welsh Dynion o Dale
Ukrainian Cyrillic чоловіки долина
Uzbek Дале Эркаклар (Cyrillic) Dale Erkaklar (Latin)
Yiddish מענטשן פון דייל