Dáin II Ironfoot or King Dáin 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. He fought alongside King Brand, the King of Dale in the northern battles against the Easterlings and died along with him, but his sacrifice helped defeat Mordor's allies in the north, which helped shield Rivendell, Mirkwood, and Lothlórien from the northern attack of Sauron's war on Middle-earth.
Early Life and War of the Dwarves and OrcsEdit
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. He followed his father, Náin, 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. 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.
Battle of the Five ArmiesEdit
Dáin was the second cousin of Thorin Oakenshield, and responded to Thorin's call for help during the quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain. Dáin set out with five hundred Dwarves, and his army wore large and heavy war armor, with iron boots, and they were strong, even for dwarves. He arrived just in time for the Battle of the Five Armies.
The War of the RingEdit
After Thorin's death, Dáin became King under the Mountain and King of Durin's folk, the first not in a direct line. Dáin was a wise and just ruler and brought much wealth to the mountain realm and was on good terms with the Men of Dale in the south, and probably the Elven king of Northern Mirkwood as well, which ensured peace for many years to come. When Balin and other dwarves decided to retake Moria, Dáin initially refused, but Balin insisted on going.
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 far from feeble. He was still among the greatest of the Dwarven warriors, a direct descendant of Durin and his prowess in battle was nearly unmatched. Indeed, Gandalf is said to have remarked upon the feat after learning of his death. After his death during the war, his son, Thorin III Stonehelm, succeeded him.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
The Hobbit trilogyEdit
Non-canonical roles and appearancesEdit
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 Barazanthual, which was one of the finest weapons ever made by Dwarfdom and was rightly feared by all his enemies.
| Lord of the Iron Hills |
TA 2805 - TA 2941
None (title abandoned)
Thorin II Oakenshield
| Kings of Durin's folk |
TA 2941 - TA 3019
Thorin III Stonehelm
Thorin II Oakenshield
| King under the Mountain |
TA 2941 – TA 3019
Thorin III Stonehelm
|Dwarves of Middle-earth|
Azaghâl | Balin | Bifur | Bofur | Bombur | Borin | Dáin I | Dáin II Ironfoot | Dís | Dori | Durin(s) | Dwalin | Farin | Fíli | Flói | Frerin | Frár | Frór | Fundin | Gamil Zirak | Gimli | Glóin, King of Durin's Folk | Glóin | Gróin | Grór | Ibûn | Khîm | Kíli | Lóni | Mîm | Náin | Náin I | Náin II | Náli | Nár | Narvi | Nori | Óin | Ori | Telchar | Thorin I | Thorin II Oakenshield | Thorin III | Thráin I | Thráin II | Thrór
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings: Appendix A pgs. 1075 & 1079
- ↑ The Complete Guide to Middle-earth