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Iron Hills
Background Information
Type Dwarven Realm
Location Northern Rhovanion
Founded/Built After TA 1999
Ruler Durin's Folk
Other Information
Summary A great Dwarven Realm with a lot of resources.
Other names
Inhabitants Dwarves
Spoken Languages Westron, Khuzdul
Lifespan TA 1999 - End of Third Age

The Iron Hills were a range of mountains in Middle-earth and a realm of the Dwarves of Durin's Folk.



The Iron Hills are located in the northern and eastern parts of Middle-earth. The mountain range is in between Rhovanion and Rhûn. The hills are east of the Lonely Mountain.

The LandEdit

The Iron Hills were rich in many minerals and got their name from the iron that was commonly found in the area. The Iron Hills used to be part of very large mountains called the Iron Mountains. The Iron Hills held the River Redwater which joins to the River Running.

Dwarves of the Iron HillsEdit

The Dwarves in Iron Hills were the clan of Longbeards or Durin's Folk and so were the noblest Dwarves. They had friendly relations with the Dwarves of the Lonely Mountains because Grór and Thrór's kinship was of similar in like and mind. The tree kingdoms were very linked and relied upon each other for trade and support and of course the royal family of the Dwarves were related. An example is the close friendship between Thorin and his cousin Dain Ironfoot.[1]


The Iron Hills were probably used by the Dwarves of Durin's Folk for many years, and the Old forest road was probably used as a trade route and as a means for the Dwarves of the east and west to communicate with one another. The realm of the Iron Hills was formerly founded by Grór son of Dáin I in TA 2590 after the Dwarves were driven out of the Grey Mountains, because of the continuing attacks by the Cold-drakes for the vast wealth of the mountains which became the death of the King Dain I.


The Location of the Iron Hills in Middle-earth

In TA 2941, the Dwarf lord Dáin II Ironfoot of the Iron Hills led an army of five hundred warriors to the defense of Thorin Oakenshield which then joined in the Battle of the Five Armies and fought valiantly there. After Thorin's death after the battle, the vacant throne of the Lonely Mountain passed to Thorin's cousin and friend Dain who then became its King and the Iron Hills passed out of records afterwards but they may not have been deserted, and it was possible that his son still ruled over it in a similar way that the Prince of Wales is the Crown Prince of the British throne and acts as Regent when the King or Queen is indisposed.[2][3]

Iron Hills Soldier

A Dwarf Warrior from the Iron Hills

Notable Dwarves of the Iron HillsEdit


  • As he was mentioned above, Grór was the son of the mighty Dwarf, Dáin I and was also the founder and first ruler of the Iron Hills.


Dáin II

Thorin III Stonehelm

  • Thorin III was the son of Dáin II, after his father's death and soon became the Lord of both the people of the Lonely Mountain and possibly the Iron Hills. He was praised for helping to reconstruct the Lonely Mountain and Dale. During his rule a new Dwarven settlement was founded at Helm's Deep.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Portuguese (Brazil) Colinas de Ferro
Portuguese (Portugal) Montes de Ferro
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Colinas de Hierro
Italian Colli Ferrosi
French Collines de Fer
German Eisenberge
Hungarian Vasdombok
Swedish Järnbergen
Chinese (Hong Kong) 鐵丘陵
Norwegian Jernhøene
Turkish Demir Tepeler

The Iron Hills as portrayed in The Lord of the Rings Mod: Bringing Middle Earth to Minecraft

The Iron Hills has its own biome in The Lord of the Rings Mod: Bringing Middle-earth to Minecraft, in which the player can trade with and hire dwarves within the area.

See alsoEdit

Mountain Ranges of Arda

Ash Mountains | Echoriath | Ephel Dúath | Ered Gorgoroth | Blue Mountains | Ered Lómin | Grey Mountains | Ered Wethrin | Iron Hills | Iron Mountains | Misty Mountains | Mountains of Angmar | Mountains of Mirkwood | Mountains of Mithrim | Orocarni | Pelóri | Wall of the Sun | White Mountains | Yellow Mountains

Dwarven Realms of Middle-earth throughout the Ages
Years of the Trees & First Age Bar-en-Nibin-Noeg | Belegost | Khazad-dûm | Mount Gundabad | Nogrod | Nulukkizdîn | Orocarni
Second Age Khazad-dûm | Mount Gundabad
Third Age Grey Mountains | Iron Hills | Khazad-dûm | Lonely Mountain | Northern Blue Mountains
Fourth Age Glittering Caves | Khazad-dûm | Lonely Mountain


  1. The Atlas of Middle-earth, Regional Maps, "Eriador"
  2. The Hobbit, Chapter XV: "The Gathering of the Clouds"
  3. The Hobbit, Chapter XVII: "The Clouds Burst"

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