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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
Unnamed wife
Red axe (books), Warhammer (films), Barazanthual (video game)

Physical description

Durin's Folk (Dwarves of the Iron Hills)(Dwarves of the Lonely Mountain)
4'5 - 5' (Estimate) [3]
Hair color
Eye color

This article is about the Dáin II Ironfoot. For the the son of Náin II, see Dáin I.

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


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]


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 the formidable warrior as he had been when he was a young dwarf.

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
Náin II
Dáin I
Thráin II
Thorin II
Dáin II
Thorin III
Durin VII

Appearances in the Books and FilmsEdit

In the booksEdit

In the filmsEdit

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit


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 Erebor 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. After the battle he is crowned King under the Mountain.

Voice dubbing actorsEdit

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Élcio Romar
Spanish (Latin America) José Luis Orozco
Italian (Italy)

Roberto Draghetti

Hungarian Károly Gesztesi

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Portuguese (Brazil) Dáin II Pé-de-Ferro
Portuguese (Portugal) Dáin II Pé de Ferro
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Dáin II Pie de Hierro
Italian Dáin II Piediferro
French Dáin II Pied d'Acier
German Dain II Eisenfuß
Hungarian (II.) Vaslábú Dáin
Chinese (Hong Kong) 丹恩二世·鐵足
Dutch Dáin II IJzervoet
Romanian Dáin II Talpă-de-Fier
Turkish Dáin II Demirayak

Video gamesEdit


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BOTFA HD - Dain arrives
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Dain (left) miniature by Games Workshop, for the Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game
Lord of the Iron Hills
Preceded by
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

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  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., 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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