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King Brand of Dale


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Other names
King of Dale, Bearer of the Bow
Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Realms ruled
Unnamed wife
Bow of Bard, sword

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Brand was a Prince, who, upon his father's death, became King of Dale and fought during the War of the Ring. Brand was the son of Bain and the grandson of Bard the Bowman, who slew the dragon Smaug. Brand became King of Dale in TA 3007. He maintained good relations with the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain and his realm extended as far south as Celduin and as far east as Carnen.


Born in TA 2957, Brand was the son of Bain and grandson of Bard the Bowman.

In the year leading up to the War of the Ring, messengers from Mordor came to Dale seeking news of Bilbo Baggins and the Ring that he bore. King Brand demanded that they leave but he feared that Dale would be attacked from the east.

The attack came in March of 3019. Easterlings crossed the Redwater and Brand retreated to Dale. The Men of Dale led by Brand and the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain led by Dain Ironfoot fought side by side for three days in the Battle of Dale. On March 17, King Brand was killed and Dain stood over his body wielding his axe until he too was slain. The men and dwarves took refuge in the Lonely Mountain until news of the victory in the South reached them and they came forth to drive away their attackers. Brand's son Bard II succeeded him as King of Dale.[1][2][3]

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Brand fromThe Lord of the Rings Online

Brand was also a playable hero in The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II: The Rise of the Witch-kingas just a prince.

Preceded by:
King of Dale
TA 3007TA 3019
Followed by:
Bard II

Known Rulers of Dale & Laketown
Lords of Dale:  Girion
Rulers of Laketown:  Master of Laketown
Kings of Dale:  Bard I | Bain | Brand | Bard II


  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter I: "Many Meetings"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"
  3. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth

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