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Dáin II Ironfoot, as portrayed by Billy Connolly in The Hobbit (films).

Dáin II

Biographical information

Other names
Dáin II Ironfoot
Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
TA 2941 (Durin's Folk & King under the Mountain)
Date of death
Realms ruled
Spouse
Unnamed wife
Weapon
Red axe (books), Warhammer (films), Barazanthual (video game)

Physical description

Race
Culture
Durin's Folk (Dwarves of the Iron Hills)(Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain)
Gender
Male
Height
4'5 - 5' (Estimate) [3]
Hair color
Eye color
Voice
Character

Dáin II Ironfoot or King 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.[1] He 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

BiographyEdit

War of the Dwarves and OrcsEdit

Dáin followed his grandfather, Grór, 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, before he could inherit the lordship. 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.[1]

Battle of the Five ArmiesEdit

Dain Ironfoot

Dain II Ironfoot in combat at the Battle of the Five Armies.

Dáin was the friend and cousin of Thorin Oakenshield, and responded to Thorin's call for help during the quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain.[4] Dáin marched with five hundred Dwarven soldiers, exceptionally strong even by Dwarven standards, clad in heavy armor and iron boots, and armed with mattocks, shields, and broadswords. He arrived just in time for the Battle of the Five Armies.[5] After the battle, Dain thanked the Eagles for their timely intervention, crowning their chief with gold and swearing the dwarves to everlasting friendship with them.[6]

The War of the RingEdit

Dain as King Under the Mountain

Dáin is crowned as King Under the Mountain

After Thorin's death, Dáin became King under the Mountain and King of Durin's folk, the first not to be 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.[7]

Dain and brand

Dain and Brand during the siege of Dale.

A few months before the Council of Elrond, a messenger from Mordor appeared at the gates of the Lonely Mountain and offered the Dwarves an alliance with Sauron, asking only in return that the Dwarves share what they knew "concerning Hobbits", and help to track down the One Ring, which the messenger described as "least of rings... a trifle that Sauron fancies."  The messenger said that, if the Dwarves could deliver the Ring itself, then Sauron would return three of the Rings of Power that originally belonged to the Dwarf-Lords, and Moria would be theirs to possess forever.  On the other hand, the messenger warned that "things will not seem so well" if the Dwarves did not help.[7]

Dáin refused to be tricked or intimidated, and sent the messenger away without an answer, and instead sent Glóin to Rivendell, to consult with Elrond, while Dáin prepared the Lonely Mountain for war.[7]

DeathEdit

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.

After news of his death reached Minas Tirith, Gandalf remarked that, as saddened as they must be at Dáin's death, they should be glad that he died in battle, defending his friend's body, as well as amazed that he was still as formidable a warrior as he had been when he was a young dwarf:

"I should call that a heavy loss, if it was not a wonder rather that in his great age he could still wield his axe as mightily as they say he did, standing over the body of King Brand before the gate of Erebor, until the darkness fell."

After his death during the war, his son, Thorin III Stonehelm, succeeded him.[1]

Line of Durin's FolkEdit

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Durin I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Durin II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Durin IV
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Náin I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Thráin I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Thorin I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Glóin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Óin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Náin II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Dáin I
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Borin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Thror
   
   
Fror
   
   
Gror
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Farin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Thráin II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Náin
   
   
Fundin
   
   
   
   
Gróin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Thorin II
   
   
Frerin
   
   
Dís
   
   
Dáin II
   
   
Balin
   
   
   
   
Oin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Dwalin
   
   
   
   
Gloin
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fíli
   
   
   
   
Kíli
   
   
Thorin III
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Gimli
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Durin VII


Appearances in the Books and FilmsEdit

In the booksEdit

In the filmsEdit

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Rankin/BassEdit

In the animated film The Hobbit, Dain is referenced by Thorin as the leader of the dwarf reinforcements arriving at Erebor from the Iron Hills, but is not seen in the film.

The Hobbit film trilogyEdit

BOTFA HD - Dain arrives

Dain Ironfoot arrives for battle

In the third volume of Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, Dáin is portrayed by Scottish actor and comedian Billy Connolly. The character's history undergoes some drastic alteration, as the battle between him and Azog is instead combined with the account of how Thorin gained his surname, and results in Azog losing an arm below the elbow rather than perishing.

While the Lonely Mountain is under siege by a combined force of Mirkwood Elves and Men from the recently-destroyed Lake-town, Dain arrives at the head of an army of dwarves from the Iron Hills. Initially bent on attacking the elves, he wheels half of his army to fight against Azog's army when it appears on the field. The Dwarves quickly formed a phalanx, in which fight he is reluctantly joined by the elves.

As the Orcs force the tired Dwarves back towards the gate of Erebor, Thorin and his company charge out, prompting Dain to call for the Dwarves to rally to their King. The two cousins exchange hearty greetings on the battlefield, though Dain is not seen for the rest of the film.

In battle, he rides a wild boar and wields a war hammer. After he is thrown off of his boar and loses his helmet, he is shown to have bright red hair, worn in a mohawk (similar to Dwalin's at the time of the Battle of Azanulbizar).

In the extended edition for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies his role is slightly expanded, with his army briefly engaging the Elves until the arrival of the Orcs. Unlike the book, Dain's army contained more than just heavily-armed infantry. In addition to having more than five hundred heavy infantry armed with spears, swords, axes, and shields, Dain's army contained a force of two hundred fifty Dwarves mounted on armored goats, five war chariots manned by four dwarves each and pulled by teams of six rams, and nine heavy ballistae manned by crews of five dwarves that fired javelins with spinning tails behind them (called twirly-whirlies by Dain Ironfoot). After the battle, he is crowned King under the Mountain and makes good the promise that Thorin made to the people of Esgaroth by giving them the gold that was owed to him. Although the extended edition of the third film does not show us what happened afterwards, it is possible to conclude that he made good the promise that his cousin Thorin made to the people of Esgaroth by giving them the gold that was owed to them, as well as restoring to Thranduil the necklace of white gems that Thror stole from the Elven-king years ago.

Voice dubbing actorsEdit

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Élcio Romar
Spanish (Latin America) José Luis Orozco
Italian (Italy) Roberto Draghetti
French (France) Richard Leblond
Hungarian Károly Gesztesi

Video gamesEdit

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Dain II Ystervoet
Albanian Këmbë hekuri Dain II
Amharic ዻኢን ዒዒ ዒሮንፎኦት
Arabic داين II القدم الحديد ?
Armenian Դաին ԻԻ Իրոնֆօտ
Azerbaijani Dain II dəmirayaq
Belarusian Даін II Жалезнастоп
Bengali ডাইন দ্বিতীয় আয়রন পা
Bosnian Dain II Željezastopala
Breton troadHouarn Dáin II ?
Bulgarian Дайн ИИ Железоноги
Catalan Peus de ferro Dain II
Chinese (Hong Kong) 丹恩二世·鐵足
Croatian Dain II Željezastopala
Czech Dain II Železnánoha
Danish Dain II Jernfod
Dutch Dáin II IJzervoet
Esperanto Dain II Ferapiedo
Estonian Dain II Rauasuu
Finnish Dain II Rautajalka
French Dáin II Pied d'Acier
Georgian ძაინ იი Iრონfოოთ ?
German Dain II Eisenfuß
Greek Δαιν ΙΙ Ιρονφοοτ
Gujarati ડ્ઐન ઈઈ ઈરોન્ફૉત
Hebrew רגל השנייה דיין ברזל
Hindi ड्ऐन ईई ईरोन्फ़ोओत ?
Hungarian (II.) Vaslábú Dáin
Icelandic Dain II Járnfótur
Italian Dáin II Piediferro
Irish Gaelic Chosiarann Dain II
Japanese ダイン2世 鉄の足
Kazakh Даін ЫЫ Ыронфоот
Korean 무쇠발 다인 2세
Kurdish داین یی رۆنفۆۆت ?
Kyrgyz Даин Ы Иронфоот
Latin Dain II Ferropede
Latvian Dain II dzelzskāju
Luxembourgish Dáin II Eisefouss
Macedonian Даин ИИ Иронфоот
Mongolian Даин ИИ Иронфоот
Navajo Dáin II Bééshakeeʼ
Nepali ड्ऐन ईई ईरोन्फ़ोओत
Norwegian Dáin II Jernfot
Persian ضاین یی رونفووت ?
Polish Dáin II Żelazna Stopa
Portuguese (Brazil) Dáin II Pé-de-Ferro
Portuguese (Portugal) Dáin II Pé de Ferro
Romanian Dáin II Talpă-de-Fier
Russian Даин II Железностоп
Sanskrit ड्ऐन ईई ईरोन्फ़ोओत
Scottish Gaelic casIarainn Dáin II ?
Serbian Даин ИИ Иронфоот (Cyrillic) Dáin II Ironfoot (Latinised)
Siamese (Thai) ดาอิน ไอออนฟุต
Sinhala ඩ්ඓන් ඊඊ ඊරොන්ෆෝත්
Slovak Dain II železnánoha
Slovenian Dáin II Železnonogi
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Dáin II Pie de Hierro
Swahili Dain II Chumamguu
Swedish Dain II Järnfot ?
Tajik Даин ИИ Иронфоот
Tigrinya ዻኢን ዒዒ ዒሮንፎኦት
Turkish Dáin II Demirayak
Turkmen Dáin II demiraýak
Ukrainian Даін ІІ Іронфоот
Urdu ضاین یی رونفووت ?
Uyghur داىن ىى رونفووت
Uzbek Даин ИИ Иронфоот (Cyrillic) Dain II TemirOyoq
Vietnamese Dain II Sắtchân
Welsh Droed Dain II Haearn
Yiddish דאַין יי יראָנפֿאָאָט

GalleryEdit

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King Dáin II
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Dain Ironfoot
Dain ironfoot iv
BOTFA HD - Dain arrives
Dáin arrives
Dain Ironfoot II
Dáin II Ironfoot
DainBalinMini
Dáin (left) miniature by Games Workshop, for the Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game
Lord of the Iron Hills
Preceded by
Grór
Dáin II Ironfoot Succeeded by
None, title abandoned
TA 2805 - TA 2941
King of Durin's Folk
Preceded by
Thorin II
Dáin II Ironfoot Succeeded by
Thorin III
TA 2941 - TA 3019
King under the Mountain
Preceded by
Thorin II Oakenshield
Dáin II Ironfoot Succeeded by
Thorin III
TA 2941TA 3019


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, III: Durin's Folk
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Great Years"
  3. TheOneRing.net, Dain Profile
  4. The Hobbit, Chapter XV: "The Gathering of the Clouds"
  5. The Hobbit, Chapter XVII: "The Clouds Burst"
  6. The Hobbit, Chapter XVIII: "The Return Journey"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"

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