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In the world of Tolkien, the Durin's Folk, also called Barbas-Long, was the most important Dwarven people, belonging to the lineage of the oldest and largest of the seven houses of Dwarves.

Originally inhabited the Misty Mountains as housing, until expelled by Ruin of Durin a Balrog of Morgoth who escaped from Angband in his fall in the War of Wrath. His first city was Khazad-dum one of his strongholds, the second Mount Gundabad place where awakened Durin the first to awaken the dwarves and the first king known as Durin the Deathless by his long life.

During the Second Age, Durin's Folk began friendship with the Noldor of Celebrimbor in Eregion, up Durin IV of government during the War of the Last Alliance, were allies of the Elves and Dúnedain against Sauron and the siege of Barad-dur.

In the middle of the Third Age, they were expelled by the Balrog of Moria known as the "Durin's Bane" in 1980 their king Durin VI was killed by the creature that killed the following year his son Nain I. Thrárin I Nain's son fled along with his people to the Lonely Mountain where he founded the kingdom of Erebor. During the reign of Throrin I son of Thrain was heard rumors emenças wealth in the Grey Mountains Thorin decided to leave Erebor and join his people divided there they had peace until the reign of his grandson Nain II where they began to be attacked by dragons. During the reign of Dáin I eldest son of Nain II one Cold Dragon invaded his kingdom and killed him along with her second child fror. So Thrór the eldest son of Dain I now King of Durin's Folk returned along with his uncle Borin and part of his people to Erebor and his younger brother Grór left for the east where he founded his kingdom in the Iron Hills. Thrór ruled during long years of peace until a Fire Dragon the last of the great dragons Smaug deceu the north and took Erebor The Durin's Folk became a nomadic people in exile. Many of them went to the Iron Hills and settled there, while others, under the command of Thrain II went to the west to arrive in the Blue Mountains and settle there. after 60 years Thorin son of Thrain II Thrór grandson renuniu comania one of 13 dwarves and one Hobbit and left to recover Erebor during this journey Thorin and his Kili and Fili nephews were mortos.passando royalty and the title of People's King Durin to Dáin Pé-de-Ferro Grór grandson. After Smaug's death finally, the Kingdom of Erebor Dwarves was restored when Dáin II, Lord of the Iron Hills, became King of Erebor in 2941 TE

The Durin's Folk was initially led by Durin I, "Immortal". He was succeeded by many generations of kings, among them appeared six others also called Durin; Dwarves believed that these six were the reincarnation (or even resuscitation) of Durin I, with memories of their past lives. Durin VI was killed by Durin's Bane in 1980 TE and another "Durin" did not return to lead his people to Durin VII that arise in the Fourth Age, a descendant of Thorin III, son of Dáin II (Foot-Rail) and direct descendant of Durin's race, the Deathless. Durin VII would become known as Durin the Last.

There is a full account of all the Kings of Durin's Line, but the following list shows the names of those Kings who were saved or whose eixstência can be deduced. As the descendants of Durin I were forced by circumstances to travel through Middle-earth, the main sites of their monarchy is shown along with the name of each King.

Kings of Durin's Folk

- Durin I, Khazad-dum

Durin the Deathless was the oldest of the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves, created by Aule during the First Age of the World. He was called "the Immortal" as lived long before an age far more advanced than any other Dwarf and so was revered as the eldest of their race.

Each of the seven Dwarfs parents founded a house. The Durin's House was chamdada Barbas-Long and his people of Durin's Folk.

According to the traditions of the Dwarves, he was put to sleep alone under Mount Gundabad north of the Misty Mountains, which remained a sacred site for them. He awoke some time after the awakening of the Elves in 1050 the Age of the Trees, and acordco with an old version and

story he traveled long distances to find other families of Dwarves, and then other dwarves followed. He came to Lake Mirror, a lake in a valley below Caradhras the Misty Mountains, and there founded what would become the largest and richest of the Mansions of the Dwarves: Khazad-dum (Dwarrowdelf), later renamed Moria .

In the published version of the story, Durin died before the end of the First Age. In an old version of Appendix B ("The Tale of Years") it appears leading the Dwarves of Beleriand ruins to found Khazad-dum at the beginning of the Second Age, but Tolkien abandoned this idea.

After the death of durin, Khazad-dum was ruled by "generations" of his descendants until the Blarog appear. In this long line, Tolkien writes, "appeared occasionally as an heir like his ancestor he was called Durin". More complete versions of the Durin's Folk make clear that Durins appeared spaced among many generations.

- Durin II, Khazad-dum

Tolkien did not write anything about his reign. There are indications that the Dwarves of Khazad-dum reached an agreement with the first Men of the Vales of Anduin, which provided them food in exchange for weapons made by the Dwarves. Such cooperation has evolved into coordinated attacks against the Orcs with the heavy infantry of the Dwarves complemented by mounted archers of the Valleys.

- Durin III, Khazad-dum

Ruled around 1600 Second Age. And was the first ported one of the Seven Rings, although it was not widely known until the end of the Third Age. The Dwarves believe that he has received this ring through Celembribor and not by Sauron, even with this having participated in the forging. Durin III joined forces with Eregion during the War of the Elves and Sauron, but were unable to prevent their own destruction, which led to a long period of isolation and gradual decrease in Khazad-dum.

Hammond and Scull conclude that Durin III was King of Khazad-dum when the West Gate of Moria was destroyed, the Durin whose name appears on the door that was made when the Dwarves were allies of Celebrimbor. This is a reasonable reference but appears to be unfounded by some direct evidence of Tolkien. Foster suggests that the gate has been built before, in the reign of Durin II.

- Durin IV, Khazad-dum

Tolkien did not write anything about his reign. Have lived in Khazad-dum at the end of the Second Age or the Third commeço. There is some rumor on the Internet that claims that Durin IV was King who led the Dwarves of Khazad-dum to fight against Sauron in the Last Alliance at the end of the Second Age. Tolkien indicates that the Dwarves of Durin's Folk fact fought with the Last alliance but does not say under the command of king which they fought.

- Durin V, Khazad-dum

There Tolkien's account of that reign.

- Durin VI, Khazad-dum (reigned until 1980 T. E.)

Durin VI was King of the Dwarves of Khazad-dum in the Third Age, when its deep mining in search of Mithril in Caradhras roots awakened the Balrog of hiding deep within the earth. The creature killed Durin TE in 1980, and became known as "The Durin's Bane".

Durin VI was the first reincarnation of Durin the Deathless not have a natural death. He was succeeded by his son, Náin I, who was killed by the same Balrog in the following year and after this tragic event the ancient city was abandoned by its people.

- Náin I, son of Durin VI. Khazad-dum

He ruled for only one year in Khazad-dum before being killed by the Balrog. It was long the last King of Durin's Line to rule in Khazad-dum, being replaced by his son-in-exile.

- Thráin I, son of Erebor Náin I. (ruled for 209 years, until 2190 TE)

Led a large part of his people away from Khazad-dum to the north and east of Middle-earth. Was Thráin who founded the great kingdom of Erebor in 1999 TE, the Lonely Mountain near Lake City. He was succeeded by his son.

- Thorin I, son of Thrain I. Grey Mountains

To find that a great host of his people was gathering on the outskirts north of the Grey Mountains, Thorin I left Erebor and moved there. He was succeeded by his son.

- Glóin the son of Thorin I. Grey Mountains (reigned for 96 years until 2385 TE)

Continued the reign of his father in the Grey Mountains, was succeeded by his son.

Óin, son of Gloin. Grey Mountains (He ruled for 103 years until 2488 TE)

During his administration, the Dwarves of Durin's Folk still lived in the Grey Mountains to the north. In the last years of his reign, the Shadow returned to Dol Guldur in Mirkwood and Orcs and other creatures maliginas began to multiply in the northern mountains, and in the later years of Óin, the orcs invaded Moria, which was abandoned, and took it as housing. This was only the first of the calamities that would fall on the Durin home for centuries to come.

- Óin had 250 years when he died, having reigned for 103 years. He was succeeded by a son Náin, who became King Náin II.

- Náin II, son of Óin. Grey Mountains (reigned for 97 years until 2585 TE)

At that time, the prosperous Dwarves began to suffer you attack from the north of dragons, Náin had two sons the oldest Dáin and Borin. he was succeeded by his eldest son as was custome.

- Dáin I, II Náin son. Mountains Ash (reigned for four years until 2589 TE)

His short reign had a blunt end when he was killed next to her second child fror for Ice Dragon at the door of his own kingdom. He was succeeded by the eldest of his three sons.

- Thrór the son of Erebor Dáin I. (He ruled for 201 years until 2790 TE)

He led his people out of the north, infested with dragons, back to the Lonely Mountain, while his younger brother, Grór, took a piece of his people further east, to dwell in the Iron Hills. He was Rein under the Mountain for more than 180 years quadno the great dragon Smaug descended upon the kingdom and sacked. He escaped destruction with his son and grandson, and became nomadic to finally reach the former home of his people, Khazad-fum, he found infested with Orcs. His death at the hands of Azog, leader of the Orcs, was the trigger for the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. He was succeeded by his son.

- Thrain II, son of Thrór, King in Exile. Dunland later the Blue Mountains (reigned for 60 years until 2850 TE)

Avenged the death of his father by defeating Azog Orcs in Azanulbizar battle. In the first half of his reinano, lived on earth Parda, but later moved to the mountains have Blue west of Eriador. Before his reign end, decided to return to Erebor, but while traveling through the forest was captured by evil creatures and died in the dungeons of the Necromancer in Dol Guldur. He was succeeded by his son.

- Thorin II, or Thorin Oakenshield, son of Thrain II. Blue Mountains (reigned for 91 years until 2941 TE)

Ruled as King in the Blue Mountains for many years but, like his father, was determined to return to his former home in Erebor. Accompanied by Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins, he led a group of companions to the Far East and, against all expectations, recovered the Lonely Mountain from Smaug. After the death of Smaug, the Battle of Five Armies was fought at the feet of Erebor and Thorin was killed. The only living descendants of Thrór lineage, his young nephews Fili and Kili, had also perished in battle and so the monarchy was passed to the line of Grór, younger brother of Thrór, specifically for the grandson of Grór, Dáin Foot-de- iron. Although it was not crowned King under the Mountain, Thorin claimed the title by law, once he had recovered Erebor.

- Dáin II, or Dáin Pé-de-Ferro, Grór grandson. Erebor (reigned for 78 years until 3019 T. E.)

Dáin succeeded his father as Lord of Nain Iron Hills. Became King under the Mountain as well as King of all the Durin's Folk after the death of his cousin Thorin, the first in Durin's lineage to inherit the kingdom without being the father-to-son succession. Reigned successfully for many years until the time of the War of the Ring when he was killed in the Battle of Valle and was succeeded by his son.

- Thorin III, or Thorin-of-Stone. Erebor.

Took the lead of his people after the death of his father. Endured a brief siege of seven days in Erebor, when news of the defeat of Sauron reached the Orcs, he was able to fight them in the open, getting beat them, but was killed in this battle. With the death of Thorin III, details about the reigns of the Kings of the Dwarves also come to an end, leaving only an indication of one of his descendants.

- Durin VII.

Durin Durin VII or the Ultimate was a direct descendant of King Thorin III or Thorin-of-Loss (according to some sources, was his son), ruler of Erebor and the Iron Hills in the Fourth Age. His birth was apparently prophesied the rise of Dáin II after the Battle of Five Armies (although there is no record of this prophecy). He led the Durin's Folk in the recolonization of Khazad-dum some time after the beginning of the Fourth Age, and there they remained "until the world grow and get old and the Dwarves dwindle and the days of Durin's race come to an end."

We know that Durin I died before the end of the First Age, then between his reign and Thorin III, Kings of Durin's Line ruled for a period of about 6,500 years. Assuming that the average time of a reign between Barbas-Long has been approximately a century, it can be deduced that there have been about fifty names of Kings that are not on this list.

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

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